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Report of Vikings trade for McNabb is premature

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Earlier today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Vikings are “one of a few teams” talking to the Redskins about a trade for quarterback Donovan McNabb.  Not long thereafter, Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network reported that the Vikings and the Redskins have worked out the terms of a trade, subject to McNabb restructuring his contract.

A source with knowledge of the discussions tells us that, while a trade may indeed happen, the report of a deal being in place between the Vikings and Redskins is premature.  Per the source, no agreement has been reached on the compensation the Redskins would receive.

We’re not sure that McNabb would be the right fit in Minnesota.  How will he react if the Vikings start 2-5 and the team decides to switch to Christian Ponder?

Also, will McNabb be willing to reduce his pay for 2011 and also to be traded for something that likely would amount to a bargain-basement deal?  If he refused to wear a wristband containing the team’s plays last season because of its potential impact on his image, there’s no way he’d be comfortable getting treated like Cleo Lemon.

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  1. bearsrulepackdrool says: Jul 26, 2011 8:39 PM

    This isn’t going to happen. It’ll be the Kevin Kolb deal all over again. If he bombs, he’ll be benched and then we’ll have this discussion all over again about where he’ll be traded next season.

  2. daburgher says: Jul 26, 2011 8:41 PM

    They should resign Culpepper

  3. broncobeta says: Jul 26, 2011 8:43 PM

    “Also, will McNabb be willing to reduce his pay for 2011 and also to be traded for something that likely would amount to a bargain-basement deal?”

    Did he see his stats from last year?

  4. terrellblowens says: Jul 26, 2011 8:43 PM

    The Redskins should just cut him. Trading him for scraps is the ultimate way of disrespecting a proven veteran. Especially after the way they treated him last year. Stay classy, Shanahan

  5. thephantomstranger says: Jul 26, 2011 8:44 PM

    Who cares how he reacts? If he performs, he’ll play. If not, he’ll sit. If he’s a problem, cut him. So we lose a 6th-round pick.

  6. goawayeverybody says: Jul 26, 2011 8:45 PM

    The reason they are now saying its premature is because Donovan’s gigantic ego would never accept anything less than 10 billion dollars a year even though he’s like 89 years old now.

  7. kingmj4891 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:45 PM

    McNabb = D-Bag

    Where else will he go?

    It is not like a ton of teams want his overrated ego inflated @$$.

  8. raijinnokumo says: Jul 26, 2011 8:45 PM

    Don’t see why the Vikings wouldn’t give Culpepper a chance over this joker.

  9. ipeefreelyagain says: Jul 26, 2011 8:46 PM

    On the subject, you’re right- McNabb is entering the backup phase of his career. He was never really that good anyway. He was simply surrounded by a good team. Case in point? Jake Delhomme, and Marc Bulger…. boom.

    In other news – Good job on the reporting today… 5 months of NFL news crammed into a 24-48 hr session is sheer madness!

  10. waitingguilty says: Jul 26, 2011 8:46 PM

    LaCanfora strikes again….worst nfl reporter of my lifetime.

  11. lamass says: Jul 26, 2011 8:46 PM

    Jason LaCanfora wrong again. What a shocker. When is the NFL Network going to hold this guy responsible for his complete nonsense “scoops” that all turn out to be complete crap? This is the same guy who said the redskins would be trading up to pick Blaine Gabbert.

  12. mrpyle126 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:47 PM

    So, PFT isn’t sure if McNabb fits well with the Vikings because he my not react well to being benched for Ponder, if they start at 2-5? Isn’t that possible with any of the QB needy teams? Second, do you really think McNabb wont agree to restructure with a veteran friendly roster such as the Vikings? So then, I’m guessing you think he’d be better off staying with the Redskins until week 1, when he’s almost guaranteed to be released, and then having to jump into a situation without any offseason preparation and still have to sign a new contract? Maybe he should wait and see if he can do worse than the Vikings… I’m guessing that if the Vikings and Redskins agree to a trade, McNabb would be happy to renegotiate his contract. Playing with AP and Co. sounds like a good situation to me, but I’m just an unemployed D-bag.

  13. crackills says: Jul 26, 2011 8:47 PM

    I, for one, would love to see a picture on Mcnabb pouting on the sidelines in a Vikings uniform.

  14. tjp2033 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:48 PM

    Why would anyone trade for him and his contract the Redskins gave him. They will have to cut him eventually and you can get him for much cheaper if you want him.

    No way I’d trade for that 5 year 78 million contract.

  15. rcunningham says: Jul 26, 2011 8:49 PM

    ipeefreelyagain says:
    Jul 26, 2011 8:46 PM
    On the subject, you’re right- McNabb is entering the backup phase of his career. He was never really that good anyway. He was simply surrounded by a good team. Case in point? Jake Delhomme, and Marc Bulger…. boom.

    Yes…a God tier receiving corps with Freddy “FredEx” Mitchell and Todd “Gator Arms” Pinkston. If you’re going to try and sound smart, don’t try to make stuff up.

  16. eaglesfootballfan says: Jul 26, 2011 8:52 PM

    Kolb is still out there. Go get him Vikings while Ponder learns the game.

  17. tjacks7 says: Jul 26, 2011 8:53 PM

    tjp2033 says:

    Why would anyone trade for him and his contract the Redskins gave him. They will have to cut him eventually and you can get him for much cheaper if you want him.

    ——————————————–
    Apparently you missed this little section, in all three of today’s McNabb posts:

    Also, will McNabb be willing to reduce his pay for 2011 and also to be traded for something that likely would amount to a bargain-basement deal?

    ..Read much?

  18. chanvikesfan says: Jul 26, 2011 8:54 PM

    Hopefully this deal doesn’t happen. Would end up being a disaster like the moss deal.

  19. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Jul 26, 2011 8:58 PM

    this is shanny (and bruce allen) trying to get something out of nothing. and minny is kicking tires to get a cheap one or two year seat holder.

    if minny hasn’t committed to a specific compensation, the terms of the trade are not worked out. if that is the case, are the skins going to allow them to negotiate with don? probably.

    but if minny is the only logical suitor, what compensation will they ultimately offer the skins?

    and why would don agree to a cut in pay and a one or two year window of opportunity before ponder starts, when he can refuse and ultimately be released and free to sign with any team?

    if don balks, will shanny keep both albert and don for the entire training camp just to spite them?

    and we thought the skins had turned the corner from the manic depressive approach since we’ve seen since snyder bought the team to a more reasoned one…..

  20. runtheball says: Jul 26, 2011 8:59 PM

    raijinnokumo

    You are right on. Culpepper is a better QB than McNabb, the problem is his agent. Andy Reid did a tremendous job of hiding McNabb’s deficiencies in his dink and dunk offense. When he was asked to be a real QB, he threw up all over himself.

  21. vikes787 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:00 PM

    McNabb sucks. The Vikes are over the cap and we’re going to spend $10 mill on a washed up QB and let WR Sid Rice go? That’ll make me root for the Packers.

  22. kspl1 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:02 PM

    What is with some of u posters with ur man-crush on Jason lacanfora. Did he sleep with your wife or something. Bashing him all the time, u must be jealous he’s been successful and you probably push carts at a grocery store. STFU

  23. jsarge99 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:03 PM

    Every time I think of Cleo lemon I laugh, he’s now the worst starting quarterback in the cfl.

  24. fwippel says: Jul 26, 2011 9:05 PM

    No way should the Vikings execute this trade. McNabb is washed up, and he’s not willing to put the time in, which is why he’s on his way out of Washington.

    Kyle Orton makes sense for the Vikings. He’s younger and a better player right now. McNabb? He’s another veteran on the downside. Sounds like a rerun, which is the last thing this team needs. McNabb’s best years are behind him. Forget him and move on.

  25. dbellina says: Jul 26, 2011 9:09 PM

    You don’t need a waistband to remember if you’re handing Adrian Peterson the ball to the left or right.

  26. supersuckers3 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:10 PM

    thephantomstranger says:
    Jul 26, 2011 8:44 PM
    Who cares how he reacts? If he performs, he’ll play. If not, he’ll sit. If he’s a problem, cut him. So we lose a 6th-round pick.

    ————

    You’re right. It’s not like Minnesota knows how to draft and develop anyway. Hell, one year they didnt even participate in the first round with their own pick when that clock struck zero!!

  27. tjdorn says: Jul 26, 2011 9:13 PM

    I don’t think he is the answer. Though I was wrong on Favres first year as well.

  28. imjinbrdgr says: Jul 26, 2011 9:13 PM

    The Vikings should absolutely get and pay McNabb. He’s a cagy vet and can take the Horned ones to the promised land.

    Signed
    A Packer Fan

  29. Reggie's Bush says: Jul 26, 2011 9:15 PM

    Anonymous Source is quoted regarding the prematureness “I’m sorry, this has never happened before… I SWEAR!”

  30. rcunningham says: Jul 26, 2011 9:16 PM

    vikes787 says:
    Jul 26, 2011 9:00 PM
    McNabb sucks. The Vikes are over the cap and we’re going to spend $10 mill on a washed up QB and let WR Sid Rice go? That’ll make me root for the Packers.

    Good. Leave. We don’t want bandwagon fan like you.

  31. ipeefreelyagain says: Jul 26, 2011 9:17 PM

    rcunningham says: Jul 26, 2011 8:49 PM

    Yes…a God tier receiving corps with Freddy “FredEx” Mitchell and Todd “Gator Arms” Pinkston. If you’re going to try and sound smart, don’t try to make stuff up.
    ————-
    Make stuff up? Please!

    I was thinking Coach Reid and his 75/25 pass:run game plans… then add T.O. in his prime and receiving RB in Brian Westbrook with Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan on the OL.

    The defense had Jevon Kearse, Dawkins, Corey Simon, Trotter, etc.

    None the less, it was the collective efforts of the TEAM that made them exceptional. In fact, I remember when McNabb was out, it was that TEAM that made Jeff Garcia and A.J Feely look like prime starters! By the way, where are they now?

  32. wicky888 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:25 PM

    Mcnabb is not and never was good. Someone posted earlier that Reid hid his faults in their offense ….. and thats absolutely correct. The same way the Eagles hid all of their players faults in their defensive/offense systems. Very few Eagles who leave the team ever catch on anywhere else. Derrick Burgess in Oakland is one success story, but I cant think of many more. Attention all NFL teams: stop sending the Eagles high round draft picks (AJ Feeley) for system-only players. We are all lucky the Eagles cant draft worth sh!t or they might actually be good

  33. deconjonesbitchslap says: Jul 26, 2011 9:28 PM

    Rush Limbaugh

  34. shadowgm1 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:33 PM

    Boy, can the boys in purple panic or what? This team is a hot mess, period. I’m telling you, they evdently have no idea what they have in Ponder. I can always count on seeing these guys flip out in free agency every season. What good is McNabb without anyone worth throwing to? Rice is absolutely gone. I mean, desperate times call for desperate measures…they don’t have a running back to fall back on or anything… ;)

  35. eaglesdynasty says: Jul 26, 2011 9:36 PM

    rcunningham says:
    Jul 26, 2011 8:49 PM
    ipeefreelyagain says:
    Jul 26, 2011 8:46 PM
    On the subject, you’re right- McNabb is entering the backup phase of his career. He was never really that good anyway. He was simply surrounded by a good team. Case in point? Jake Delhomme, and Marc Bulger…. boom.

    Yes…a God tier receiving corps with Freddy “FredEx” Mitchell and Todd “Gator Arms” Pinkston. If you’re going to try and sound smart, don’t try to make stuff up.

    —————————————————————————————————-

    yes, we all know McNabb wasnt given great targets but no team is perfect.

    McNabb benefited from two bookend all pro caliber OTs in Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas the majority of his career. Jermaine Mayberry was a former first rounder and a very good guard. Shawn Andrews was a first rounder and for a short couple season span an elite OG. Jamal Jackson was a very good center, throw in Doug Bryzenski, John Welbourn, Jason Peters, Todd Herremans all coached by a top level o-line coach in Juan Castillo and McNabb enjoyed more consistency and high level of play from his 0-line than most QBs do.

    He didnt have a true no.1 WR until TO came along but he certainly always had great receivers out of the backfield starting with Staley and Buck and then the All Pro Westbrook. Chad Lewis was a steady reliable TE and McNabb also had a head coach highly invested in him as QB and always had his back.

    Then we turn over to the defense, led by one of the greatest defensive coordinators ever in Jim Johnson McNabb benefited from a consistenty top 10 and routinely top 5 defense that could bail him out if he made mistakes or easily keep the Eagles in games when the offense wasnt playing well.

    Brian Dawkins, Troy Vincent, Bobby Taylor, Al Harris, Sheldon Brown, Lito Sheppard, Quintin Mikell, Asante Samuel, Rod Hood, Trent Cole, Hugh Douglas, Corey Simon, Jeremiah Trotter, Takeo Spikes, Darwin Walker, Carlos Emmons, Mike Patterson, Brodrick Bunkley, Mike Zordich, Jevon Kearse, Derrick Burgess, Nate Wayne, Michael Lewis, Clinton Hart, Dhani Jones, ND Kalu, Stewart Bradley etc. etc…….just really talented units that always performed under JJ

    so yea, for the vast majority of the time McNabb had sub-par WRs…..but he also had a great o-line, great defense, terrific coaches, and big play HBs around him

  36. tjacks7 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:43 PM

    kspl1 says:

    What is with some of u posters with ur man-crush on Jason lacanfora. Did he sleep with your wife or something. Bashing him all the time, u must be jealous he’s been successful and you probably push carts at a grocery store. STFU

    ——————————-

    Jason, is that you??

    It has to be.

  37. cotopolisprime says: Jul 26, 2011 9:45 PM

    Mcnabb has never been on a team that actually used their running game. With Shiancoe, Sidney, and AP they would win 8 to 10 games. McNabb could replicates Cunningham’s run with Vikings if they put enough talent around him.

  38. cotopolisprime says: Jul 26, 2011 9:48 PM

    Mcnabb has never been on a team that actually used their running game. With Shiancoe, Sidney, and AP they would win 8 to 10 games. McNabb could replicate Cunningham’s run with Vikings if they put enough talent around hi

  39. vote4ronpaul2012 says: Jul 26, 2011 9:55 PM

    While he’s not getting any younger McNabb is only coming off one bad season. I think its premature to say he’s washed up. I could see him putting up a 20 td 10 int season. If they can restructure it wouldn’t be a bad risk.

  40. MichaelEdits says: Jul 26, 2011 9:59 PM

    He could always throw up

  41. whitesheetz says: Jul 26, 2011 10:17 PM

    The trade makes no since. I mean if the Vikings drafted a guy 12th overall they intend for him to play sooner than later. Mc Nabb isn’t going to want to be a bridge for a season, maybe two. If this was their plan all along they should/would’ve drafted a QB in the 2nd or 3rd round, knowing they had plans of trading for Mc Nabb, with the plan of letting him develope behind a Mc Nabb, who is on the back end of his career. The 12th overall pick needs to be on the field and producing. Not in waiting for 2-3 years.

  42. jbcommonsense says: Jul 26, 2011 10:19 PM

    People are underestimating McNabb b/c he played for my Redskins last year. I love ‘em but he was always under pressure with few quality WRs to throw to there. In Minnesota he’ll have AP and better targets. Having said that, I want the ‘Skins to get Rice.

  43. rugdog100 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:30 PM

    Trade for Orton

  44. 22deuce says: Jul 26, 2011 10:37 PM

    @shadowgm1

    sarcasm doesn’t play well in print

  45. mtxblau says: Jul 26, 2011 10:51 PM

    I’m not a McNabb fan by any stretch of the imagination, but the guy played for part of one season for a team that has had seven winning seasons in the last twenty years, of which only two seasons were more than nine wins.

    And since winning the Super Bowl behind Elway and Davis in 1998, Shanahan has won exactly one playoff game, or as many as Wade Phillips in the same time frame.

    McNabb went 11-5 with the Eagles before being traded.

    Finally, something that doesn’t get enough attention: the Redskins were ranked 10th in yards allowed before Shanahan got there, and last season they were ranked 31st. Unless McNabb also plays defense, he wasn’t going to turn that Redskins team around.

    My point is this: I don’t think that McNabb’s drop-off was as steep as it appeared. I think if he goes to the Vikes, it’ll be a good fit for him since he never was the proto-typical West Coast QB that Reid wanted him to be. McNabb can still throw the ball deep and with accuracy (especially on the run).

  46. favreblows says: Jul 26, 2011 10:52 PM

    It doesn’t matter. The Vikings are going to be terrible this year. Their goal should be to have a better 2nd half of the year than the first 8 games. I honestly don’t see them winning one division game.

    That’s fine for you Viking fans. They should get rid of some of the dead weight and bad contracts….get another high draft pick…..and work on 2012-2013. The Packers did the same thing back in the mid-2000s. Thompson came on in 2005 and got rid of their two high priced guards….Wahle and Rivera. They drafted a young QB in the first round (I think you know his name). They were conservative in FA….added a guy by the name of Woodson in 2006. They relied on the draft and took about four years building a young roster with tons of depth. You know the rest of the story.

    The Queens need to blow this thing up. Trade AP for draft picks, don’t be stupid in FA, and groom Ponder into what hopefully will be a quality NFL starter. That is how you win in this league. Not by signing Donovan McNabb and praying for 9 wins (which would never, ever happen).

  47. hailhail84 says: Jul 26, 2011 10:56 PM

    Why is it so hard to believe that a team would be interested in McNabb (34 yrs old, 14 TD, 15 INT, 3377 yds, 77.1 rating) when multiple teams have shown interest in Hasselbeck (35 yrs old, 12 TD, 17 INT, 73.2 rating).

  48. supersuckers3 says: Jul 26, 2011 11:10 PM

    draft and develop. Until they recognize that they will be good once in a blue moon but it will never be sustained. The last 50 years are evidence. I wish them well but goodness, other teams rejects are not the answer.

  49. imjinbrdgr says: Jul 26, 2011 11:22 PM

    Who would want a QB who “got tired in the Super Bowl”

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