The report from several hours ago that the Vikings and Redskins had agreed to terms on a trade for quarterback Donovan McNabb was indeed premature. But we pointed out that the deal could still happen, and happen it will.
Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reports the Redskins have agreed to send McNabb to Minnesota for a sixth-round pick in 2012 and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2013. Omar Kelly of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel also reports that the two teams have reached an agreement, with the compensation being a late-round pick.
The only remaining sticking point is McNabb’s willingness to restructure his contract. Glazer reports that McNabb would receive far less compensation than the $12.5 million he was due to receive in Washington.
If it happens, McNabb’s one-year career with the Redskins will end with a clumsy thud. He started 13 games, and he threw 14 touchdown passes, 15 interceptions. He was benched during the closing minutes of a Halloween loss to the Lions. Later, the Redskins sat him down behind Rex Grossman for the final three games of the season.
The Redskins gave up a second-round pick in 2010 and a fourth-round selection in 2011 for McNabb, the second overall pick in the 1999 draft. He played 11 seasons in Philly, taking the Eagles to five NFC title games and one Super Bowl.
In Minnesota, he’d presumably hold the starting job unless and until Christian Ponder is ready to go — or until the team is struggling to the point where it makes sense for the Vikings to get Ponder some live reps.