Report: McNabb trade to be announced Thursday

AP

For the second straight year, Donovan McNabb will have a new home.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Vikings and Redskins have finalized a deal that will send McNabb to Minnesota.  McNabb also will agree to a new contract as part of the deal.

The agreement comes after McNabb reportedly was miffed about the manner in which the situation was handled.  A source with knowledge of the talks explained that, in reality, an agreement on McNabb’s reduced compensation had not been reached, and that McNabb was not upset.

Still, the question remains whether McNabb is the right fit for the Vikings.  Will he willingly serve as a mentor to first-round rookie Christian Ponder?  How will McNabb react if the team is 2-6 at the turn and coach Leslie Frazier decides to get Ponder ready for 2012?

Maybe the last 15 months have humbled McNabb.  The fact that he’d allow himself to be treated like something far short of an elite quarterback could be interpreted as a sign that he doesn’t care about appearances, and that he only wants to win.

We’re told that McNabb wanted to be traded to Minnesota in 2010, but that former coach Brad Childress opted to lure Brett Favre back to town.  McNabb now gets his wish, and it remains to be seen whether he’ll do any better with his second new team in two years.

If he’s still the starter on December 24, McNabb will get a chance to show the Redskins that it was them, not him, on December 24 at FedEx Field.

90 responses to “Report: McNabb trade to be announced Thursday

  1. Good luck to McNabb. His failure in DC was due to Shanny Jr. So hopefully he can win in Minny and stick it to those drunken idiots in Philly who never appreciated him.

  2. McNabb finally will land on a team that runs the ball considerably more than they throw it, which will benefit him greatly. Expect a bounce back year from #5.

  3. “How will McNabb react if the team is 2-6 at the turn and coach Leslie Frazier decides to get Ponder ready for 2012?”

    if mcnabb lead us to a 2-6 start, why would we care how he feels about the bench? i think it is quite possible we will go 2-6 or 3-5 with mcnabb so i am still wondering why we don’t just roll the dice with ponder and see what happens. whats the difference if ponder starts from day one knowing that people expect very little of him to begin with versus bringing in the gas bag mcnabb, paying him (cause we all know he’s not going to sign for cheap), and then turning him into an even bigger gas bag when we bench him in week nine?

  4. Minnesota – where old, overrated QB careers go to die. Donovan McNabb joins the likes of Brett Favre, Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Jeff George, Gus Frerotte, Jim McMahon, and Brad Johnson.

  5. This guy was in the pro bowl te year before he went to the redskins. How is he on the downside of his career after one bad year with the worst team in the league. No qb would have been good there

  6. The McNabbs will also announce that their demands of Wilma becoming the Viking has been approved.

  7. This isn’t really any different than trading for somebody like Kelly Holcombe. It’s just that people know who McNabb is so they’re negative. He’ll be a fine short-term starter and eventual backup. I much prefer having McNabb to start the season than throwing Ponder out there before he’s prepared. No rookie quarterback has ever started his first game without the benefit of having spoken to his coaches in the offseason.

  8. At this point in his career, ANY team that takes him and starts 2-6 would look at benching him, not just the Vikings. What McNabb needs to know is that he is coming here to start and it is his job to lose. If he’s playing good and we’re winning, nothing to worry about.

  9. Damn I swear this guy can never get a no1 receiver, Now that rice is gone I hope they put their name in for the Braylon Edwards sweepstakes if not I really hate to say this but try to get either the top two Divas Roy Williams or TO. He needs a big guy for those big end zone vertical catches minny do something I hate to help out another team being a Lions fan but minny is my 2nd fav team since the Denny Green days.

  10. melonnhead says:
    Jul 27, 2011 9:21 PM
    Minnesota – where old, overrated QB careers go to die. Donovan McNabb joins the likes of Brett Favre, Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Jeff George, Gus Frerotte, Jim McMahon, and Brad Johnson.
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    Actually, McMahon finished his career in Green Bay, Johnson finished his career in Dallas, Cunningham finished his career in Baltimore (after a stop in Dallas), George finished his career in Washington, Moon finished his career in Kansas City, and I’m not convinced Favre is done yet.

  11. melonnhead, You just named 3 Super Bowl QBs on that list. You must date only Super Bowls and drink the best import beer every opportunity that you have to drink beer.

  12. if mcnabb lead us to a 2-6 start, why would we care how he feels about the bench? i think it is quite possible we will go 2-6 or 3-5 with mcnabb so i am still wondering why we don’t just roll the dice with ponder and see what happens. whats the difference if ponder starts from day one knowing that people expect very little of him to begin with versus bringing in the gas bag mcnabb, paying him (cause we all know he’s not going to sign for cheap), and then turning him into an even bigger gas bag when we bench him in week nine?

    Because if you don’t, he gets to bitch through his agent and come off clean. Pundit will decry the evil situations he has found himself in and never blame him for anything. Get ready for Percy Harvin to be wide open and have McNabb heave one five feet over his head or knock his shoe off with it.

  13. Minnesota: where an old QB’s last good/great/relevant year happens

    at least the future looks brighter with Ponder

  14. What is wrong with you people? You think 1 year can make a difference in a 5 time pro bowl quarterback? Who were Donovans recievers last year? Santana Moss and who? He had one of the worst O-Lines in football and Ryan Torrain was no Brian Westbrook. Now hes going to Minnesota. With Percy Harvin, maybe Braylon Edwards, and AP in his backfield? Donovan will start and don’t be surprised if they get a wildcard. Its laughable that Redskins fans blame McNabb for their troubles. Put a decent core around him. Thats why you continue to be the laughing stock of the NFC East.

  15. With no Rice Mcnabb will be 2-6 in no time. He should just go back to Philly Rybicki Mike Vicks feet for a year and retire.

  16. With no Rice Mcnabb will be 2-6 in no time. He should just go back to Philly, rub Mike Vicks feet for a year and retire.

  17. Yeah most went to other teams AS BACKUPS. They all started in Min. Johnson had 89 pass attempts in two years after leaving Minn, Cunningham 128 in two years, McMahon 48 in three years, George 236 in two years, Moon is the only guy that got an appreciable amount of PT after leaving.

  18. What is wrong with you people? You think 1 year can make a difference in a 5 time pro bowl quarterback?

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    Actually it can but it wasn’t really just one year with McNabb, was it? I mean the Eagles got rid of him for a reason, and it’s not because they thought Vick or Kolb were sure things.

  19. @flyeaglesfly. We don’t blame McNabb you drunken fool. That’s what you idiots did for 10 years. We blame the coach and the owner for bringing him.here in the first place.

  20. melonnhead

    4 conf. titles
    18 division titles
    26 playoff appearances

    those numbers can be compared with any of the great teams in the history of the NFL…

    and we’ve manage to do so with all these so called “washed up” players…

    remember when two years ago when Favre was washed up?? we were seconds from going to the Super Bowl on the back of the washed up a-hole.

    McNabb will play very well and the Vikes will be fighting for a 19th division title… and I wouldn’t be surprised if we were playing in late January or early Feb.

  21. Finally McNabb will be on a team that will run the stinking football. Let’s see how Shanahan and junior do with John Beck starting at QB. Vikings a wildcard Redskins 6-11. It would be nice to get Plaxico in Minnestota

  22. melonnhead, You just named 3 Super Bowl QBs on that list.

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    None for the Vikings.

    Troy Aikman has won three Super Bowls, thank God he wasn’t able to find a QB-needy team like the Vikings that makes decisions on name recognition only. However, if they really want to win a championship, they may want to give ol Troy a call because they’re definitely not going to win one with McNabb.

  23. Long time reader of Pro Football Talk, first time commentator.

    Speaking as a Patriots fan, I have always respected Mr Mcnabb’s toughness, In the Superbowl that the Pats played against the Eagles I thought that Mcnabb(and his Eagles) honestly played very well….

    During the game Teddy Bruschi gave Mcnabb a hard hit, that’s why(In my Opinion) the Eagles seemed slow during the last minutes of the game(From what I can remember from the back of my mind). There was an Interception that Mcnabb threw to Rodney Harrison early in the game that cost the Eagles three points, which In my opinion, could have pushed the Super Bowl to Overtime….But that’s old news now, with Donovan Mcnabb Joining the Vikings, I will definitely be watching the TV when they come on the screen.

    When I get a chance I’ll try to comment more on this blog, Thank You

  24. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I miss Chilly already. Vikes just turned him into a genius. What a pathetic franchise. I’d take Chilly, Favre, and Rice again over this crew. Frazier and Spielman fired by game 11.

  25. flyeaglesfly51 says:Jul 27, 2011 9:38 PM:

    What is wrong with you people? You think 1 year can make a difference in a 5 time pro bowl quarterback?
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    Sure did for Favre.

  26. melonnhead says:
    Jul 27, 2011 9:21 PM
    Minnesota – where old, overrated QB careers go to die. Donovan McNabb joins the likes of Brett Favre, Warren Moon, Randall Cunningham, Jeff George, Gus Frerotte, Jim McMahon, and Brad Johnson.

    duece5 says:
    Well actually melonnhead (appropriately named), the qbs you mentioned HAD SOME OF THEIR BEST YEARS in purple and gold-Cunningham in 1998, Favre in 2009, Jeff George’s best career year was 1999 with the Vikes……went to Washington and failed-McMahon guided us to the playoffs in 1993, Moon and Johnson also had very good careers with the Vikies. So dude, WHAT’S YOUR POINT?!! That you were WRONG? OK…..now I do understnad that!

  27. @ melonnhead

    I’m not a Viking fans, but some of the guys you listed seemed off from waht you said.

    Donovan McNabb – If he had a Ring he’d be in the Hall of Fame, when he retired
    Brett Favre -Had on of his best years in 2009
    Warren Moon – Hall of Famer
    Randall Cunningham – Set the NFL team scoring record
    Jim McMahon – 2 time SB Champ
    Brad Johnson – SB Champ

    So it’s not all bad, as an Eagles fan I remember watching Randall in 1998 and wondering where this guy was his last 2 years in Philly. By the way do the Vikes know Ponder as a blown out knee and one good hit and it’s over? I mean in a division with Urlacher, Matthews, Suh, Fairley and Peppers you probably wouldn’t want a guy with bad knees to start with. But hey Bradford was draft #1 overall with a bum shoulder.

  28. Enjoy 6-10 this year Vikes fans.

    I can tell you as a Washington fan that watched EVERY game Mcnabb played last year, he is 100% completely and totally DONE.

    He was horrid. As bad as you think he was by that stats he put up it was so much worse watching him live.

    As Barkley would say “Tuurrible!”

  29. Measuring the Vikings’s day —

    + Donovan McNabb

    – Sidney Rice

    neutral – resign Longwell (but keep him off that flight to Hattiesburg)

    overall —-> down

  30. vikes787 says: Jul 27, 2011 9:54 PM

    I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I miss Chilly already. Vikes just turned him into a genius. What a pathetic franchise. I’d take Chilly, Favre, and Rice again over this crew. Frazier and Spielman fired by game 11.
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    What you have just said is the most stupid and idiotic post I have ever read. Everyone in this thread is now be dumber for having read it.

  31. What did the Redskins get? That will tell you what McNabb is really worth.

    I think McNabb looks like a linebacker….too fat for QB.

  32. Throwing Ponder out there with no offseason to learn a NFL offense or to grasp the speed differential would be almost suicidal for his career. I agree he shouldnt be playing yet. But one of these years Minnesota needs to stop taking flyers on these aged and abused old QB’s and learn to draft and develop. I’m being dead serious. They have to know they are not in a position where they are a player away from making a run. McNabb?? geez…

  33. Why is it that the media, both Philly and national media, love to just throw this guy under the bus and always make him seem like a whiny malcontent?

    In 10 seasons here in Philly, he showed nothing but class. He had his flaws as a QB, but he can also be a game changer.

    I wish him the best with the Vikings…unless of course, he’s playing the Birds.

    Go Eagles!

  34. melonnhead sounds an awful like jimmy smith.
    An idiot who doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.

  35. McNabb looks about as big and immobile as Pat Williams. Is McNabb playing Nose Tackle? This fat ass will be done by game 3.

    What a frickin HUGE mistake. Ponder needs to learn and the O line will never be healther than in the first game.

    You read it hear first, McNabb’s signing officially kills ANY stadium effort for the foreseeable future.

    Maybe Donovan can get a gig on Extreme Make Over Fat Ass QB Syndrome, complete with his Lady hands, butterfingers and soup stained Jersey.

  36. So long #18. Hope the Seahawks find a QB to actually get the ball to you.

    We were all right Sid last season when we said you were a punk ass bitch holding out for money last year.

    Here’s hoping you can hung out to dry and your hip dislocates … again. Maybe they can repair your mouth and attitude this time.

  37. Good thing AP said he’s not holding out, or this would be another very long year for Vikings fans.

  38. Just Maybe Mcnabb is not being brought in to start ! but to prepare Ponder? And besides Mcnabb has to win the job first! losing rice hurts! but he only had one good year And is his hip healed? I was wondering why the didn’t trade for Carson Palmer

  39. @sergisbauer

    Yeah he also showed up to camp 3 weeks late out of shape. The vikings win at least 9 games under McNabb. Mark it down.

    @burgandyandgold

    You’re an idiot. Not all Eagles fans blame McNabb. Was it time for a change? Probably. But he was a better QB than any Redskins QB in the last 11 years.

  40. 25seasonsticketholder says:
    Jul 27, 2011 10:47 PM
    So long #18. Hope the Seahawks find a QB to actually get the ball to you.

    We were all right Sid last season when we said you were a punk ass bitch holding out for money last year.

    Here’s hoping you can hung out to dry and your hip dislocates … again. Maybe they can repair your mouth and attitude this time.
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    Your writings here seem to indicate a man so thouroughly disgusted with his football team. You sir are a realist and I applaud you.

  41. McNabb is a winning QB and he’s also been a classy guy while craziness swirled around him from T.O. to Shanahan. Regardless what anyone thinks of Vick as a person, he had an extraordinary 2010 season. And he credits Donovan with pushing him to get up early, get to the gym, study film–stuff he was never willing to do as a Falcon.

    It was decent of McNabb to take Vick under his wing knowing he’d likely replace him. He’ll do the same for Ponder while also working to prove Shanahan shouldn’t have benched him. So the Vikes get a solid, savvy vet and a good teacher. Smart move.

  42. A proven NFL QB for 6th round picks… Ponder gets veteran knowledge and puts a fire under his but to become starter…..anyone riping this deal is just not football smart. They just are speaking on personal vendettas. He’s gonna love AP pullin 8 into the box….. even bettter than westbrook in philly

  43. Wasted 6th round pick by the Queens. They could have picked up McNabb from the street…..or a bunch of other possible bums. Fact is, McNabb is not what he once was. We saw what the Queens are capable of last year with a below average QB. With the Lions even tougher, I see a 4-12 season for the Purple.

    They need to wake up, trade AP, blow the team up and start over around Ponder. That is what the Packers did and look what happened.

  44. McNabb will fit in perfectly in minnesota. As an eagles fan i think highly of him and beleive he still has alot of football left in the right situation and the Redskins did not fit that bill with a rough o-line.

  45. im from upstate ny and have been a fan of mcnabb since the cuse days. for real this dude is always humble and always workin hard and always getting the shaft. he is a great fit for minnesota and ponder can chill for four years for all i care. how many damn probowls has mcnabb been too?? the eagles STILL DIDNT DO ANY BETTER WITH OR WITHOUT MCNABB!

  46. Good job Redskins finally doing something good. One good trade now one more person to get rid of and keep making good choices its a new Skins team folks watch out..

  47. No, I’m just gonna leave this one alone. This move is just too easy for me to make fun of in one post. The fact that the skins virtually had to give the guy away (to give the starter job to John freaking Beck!) in a market with a big demand for veteran qbs should have been your first clue.

  48. Last season the Lions sacked McNabb 6 times and intercepted him.

    Last season the Packers sacked McNabb 5 times and intercepted him.

    The Lions sacked the vikings QB 5 times and intercepted him 3 times.

    The Packers sacked the vikings QB 3 times and intercepted him 4 times.

    The Bears sacked the vikings QB 5 times and intercepted him 6 times.

    No NFL observer can possibly expect McNabb to have success.

  49. 25seasonsticketholder says:
    Jul 27, 2011 10:44 PM
    McNabb looks about as big and immobile as Pat Williams. Is McNabb playing Nose Tackle? This fat ass will be done by game 3…Maybe Donovan can get a gig on Extreme Make Over Fat Ass QB Syndrome, complete with his Lady hands, butterfingers and soup stained Jersey.

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    Wow…thats big talk coming from someone who is SITTING at a computer, probaby eating zingers and drinking Mt Dew from a 2ltr…I’m sorry, that probably struck a little close to home didnt it? A C-note says you couldn’t do 10 proper push-ups to save your Mom’s life. If you could do what he does you would, but you don’t so you can’t. So why dont you stfu and show some respect to someone who could buy and sell you three times over.

  50. 4 conf. titles
    18 division titles
    26 playoff appearances

    those numbers can be compared with any of the great teams in the history of the NFL…

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    Sure, you CAN compare them to some of the great teams in the history of the NFL but it’s not gonna be pretty. There are four teams that have as many or more Super Bowl WINS as the Vikings have losses. There are 13 teams that have four or more Super Bowl appearances. It starts to look a lot worse when you include the pre-merger era.

  51. melonnhead sounds an awful like jimmy smith.
    An idiot who doesn’t know what the hell he’s talking about.

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    Gonna counter my argument or just sit there and look stupid? I’d match my brain pan up against yours any day.

  52. Donovan McNabb – If he had a Ring he’d be in the Hall of Fame, when he retired

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    If your aunt had testicles she’d be your uncle!

  53. Jim McMahon – 2 time SB Champ

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    Yep, so is Bubby Brister!

  54. supersuckers3 says:
    Jul 27, 2011 10:29 PM
    Throwing Ponder out there with no offseason to learn a NFL offense or to grasp the speed differential would be almost suicidal for his career. I agree he shouldnt be playing yet. But one of these years Minnesota needs to stop taking flyers on these aged and abused old QB’s and learn to draft and develop. I’m being dead serious. They have to know they are not in a position where they are a player away from making a run. McNabb?? geez…
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    What do you want, SS3? They drafted a QB in the first round and you’re ripping them for not drafting and developing a QB. McNabb is not here to take us to a Super Bowl, he’s here to ease the transition to Ponder. Isn’t that what you keep calling for?

  55. Wow…thats big talk coming from someone who is SITTING at a computer, probaby eating zingers and drinking Mt Dew from a 2ltr…I’m sorry, that probably struck a little close to home didnt it? A C-note says you couldn’t do 10 proper push-ups to save your Mom’s life. If you could do what he does you would, but you don’t so you can’t. So why dont you stfu and show some respect to someone who could buy and sell you three times over.

    Calm down Wilma,let us speak our mind on your son.All Day will have to live up to that nickname this season i think getting the ball a lot this season and to think he just got over his fumbling problem last year now he has to deal with McNabb throwing the ball at his feet,poor Adrian Peterson.Sometimes(most of the time)being a Viking fan is very hard but we persevere.Next few years will be hard.

  56. Mcnabb is a quality QB as a Bears fan I woulda loved to see them try n deal Culter for Mcnabb or any other top tier QB. He will be the same type QB as Cullpepper was for the Vikes! Farve was the only glimpse of greatness the purple people eaters will see for awhile! Shame cuz Peterson is best back in the NFL and is wasting away in MN

  57. Why do the Vikes keep recruiting their play callers from retirement homes? They will never be champions as long as they are run by worn out has beens.

  58. I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I miss Chilly already. Vikes just turned him into a genius. What a pathetic franchise. I’d take Chilly, Favre, and Rice again over this crew. Frazier and Spielman fired by game 11.
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    What you have just said is the most stupid and idiotic post I have ever read. Everyone in this thread is now be dumber for having read it.
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    what a complete moron with absolutely no football smarts, chil is the one that put the Vikings in this position in the first place. everyone is dumber for having to bypass your post!!!

    Am i thrilled with McNabb? No, but seriously, who is out there? you absolutely cannot expect or demand Ponder to start game one with no ota’s, barely any training camp, getting to know coaches, learning to read nfl defenses, and such. he could be knocked out within the first 3 games and vikings would be left with nothing!! Would u rather have resigned T-Jack? granted this is not the best situation in the world but i do believe it is the best qb option this off season. I do think McNabbs last season was a direct by product of Shanahans stubbornness just like Johnson, T-Jack, Bollinger, and everyone else was a direct result of chili’s stubbornness. but under no circumstance can demand/expect Ponder to be a day one starter, the kid does need some breathing room and a little learning curve no matter what he says in the media.

  59. What do you want, SS3? They drafted a QB in the first round and you’re ripping them for not drafting and developing a QB. McNabb is not here to take us to a Super Bowl, he’s here to ease the transition to Ponder. Isn’t that what you keep calling for?

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    And you think McNabb is buying in to that plan? You think he accepts the fact that he is there to only transition to Ponder? Minnesota has no idea what they have in Ponder yet. This years offseason was so drastically different then the past that Ponder may never see the field in Minnesota. They were forced into doing what they always do because of circumstance. Drafting and developing is the only successful way to build a champion. Had Minnesota had all of their off season program they may not have been forced to make this dumb trade. Well…in their case it isnt that stupid. Its a sixth round pick. Minnesota doesnt even know what to do with a first round pick except let it expire.

  60. phishooks10 says:

    deb mcnabb was in washington last year…..not philly……

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    That would be why I said he’ll be working to prove Shanahan shouldn’t have benched him 🙄 Vick credited the guidance McNabb gave him in 09 for the turnaround his career had in 2010. Any chance you guys could actually read the comment instead of trying to find fault with it?

  61. McNabb is a competitor and he will be fine in Minnesota. AP will make it easy for him.

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