Report: Vikings to release McNabb

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During both the Week 12 10-pack and Monday night’s edition of NBC SportsTalk, we pointed out that, if Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb has any desire to play football, he should ask the team for his release.

He apparently has.

Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that McNabb will be released today.

The move will spark another game of waiver-wire bluff, in which any interested team much submit a claim for the balance of his one-year contract.  The team with the highest priority will acquire his services.

The Texans should make a claim, notwithstanding the recent decision to sign Jake Delhomme.  The Bears, who were blocked last week from getting Kyle Orton, also should make a claim.

Given Chicago’s lost last weekend to the Raiders, the Bears will have dibs over the Texans.

Another possibility is the Cowboys, given that Dallas also made a claim for Kyle Orton.

Regardless, it’ll make for an interesting 24 hours, especially while we wait for the Colts to cobble together an excuse for not making a claim for McNabb.

120 responses to “Report: Vikings to release McNabb

  1. If the Cowboys sign McNabb I will burn my Dallas stuff and throw myself into the off season fan free agency.

  2. So is every NFL team just feeling sorry for the Bears/Texans and trying to give them a shot with a veteran QB?

  3. Was going to say that it would be hilarious if the Cowboys claimed McNabb, but it would be hilarious if any team other than the Bears or Texans claimed him.

  4. “especially while we wait for the Colts to cobble together an excuse for not making a claim for McNabb.”

    Because they are smart enough not to want to waste any of their money on a washed-up whiner?

  5. Ok… Come on … Where are all those people that keep telling Philadelphia Fans how great this guy is? Now everyone is learning what we knew in Phila. This guy has a million dollar arm and a ten cent head.

  6. No matter who he goes to, his effort will be the same. He’s just stealing $$ at this point. He’d love to come in and put together a decent game and then beg for a HUGE contract. Only to quit right after

  7. especially while we wait for the Colts to cobble together an excuse for not making a claim for McNabb.
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    that’s the line of the day!

  8. This time around, “Viking” may in fact be appropriate. Since it was likely one final decision making “Viking” that made the call to release him.

    Will it be all that shocking if he clears waivers?

  9. I can guarantee you noone will claim McNabb. He has not shown the abiolity to play at a moderate to high level, and more importantly – he hasn’t shown the ability to pick up an offense on short notice.

    It’s over for McNabb

  10. 12strikes says:
    Dec 1, 2011 1:58 PM
    Ok… Come on … Where are all those people that keep telling Philadelphia Fans how great this guy is? Now everyone is learning what we knew in Phila. This guy has a million dollar arm and a ten cent head.

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    I love when I see how a Philly fan talks about McNabb b/c it no longer has merit. McNabb took you to the playoffs most years. Here’s a question for ya: How many playoff games have the Eagles won since Mcnabb was traded? You guys more than likely won’t even make the playoffs this year. 10 cent head huh? You got like a month b4 you watch everyone elses team in the playoffs. Ungrateful son of a….

  11. Ok… Come on … Where are all those people that keep telling Philadelphia Fans how great this guy is? Now everyone is learning what we knew in Phila. This guy has a million dollar arm and a ten cent head.

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    And now you have two qbs with million dollar legs and five cent heads.

  12. I’ll take him on my Bears- Hanie is a good runner, it wouldn’t hurt to have McNabb in his ear for a few weeks. He’s a hometown boy too, would be a nice story. If Hanie can cobble together a good few weeks, he’ll likely not re-sign with us after the season so it wouldn’t be out of the realm to see McNabb sign here next season as a backup.

  13. Dallas backup Kitna looks like he is out for the season (and maybe career) with back injuries. Dallas is heading to the playoffs, and McNabb would provide more experience than the third QB McGee. Chicago would be crazy not to pick him up though…what would it hurt?

  14. especially while we wait for the Colts to cobble together an excuse for not making a claim for McNabb.
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    They don’t want to have to replace the turf at Lucas Oil Stadium before next year?

    Anyone who watched him play the first 8 weeks of the season wouldn’t need to come up with an excuse

  15. I can guarantee you noone will claim McNabb. He has not shown the abiolity to play at a moderate to high level, and more importantly – he hasn’t shown the ability to pick up an offense on short notice.

    It’s over for McNabb
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    actually, as long as Dan Orlovsky, Luke McCown and John Skelton can get on the field, McNabb clearly still has a career.

  16. I realize neither Orton nor McNabb are any team’s long-term answer at QB but the fact that teams like Chicago, Houston and Dallas have put in claims for Orton and probably will for McNabb at least shows they are interested in “winning”, that’s more than can be said for the Colts. Either Orton or McNabb would be a significant upgrade over the QB’s currently have on their roster but apparently it’s ok with the league for the Colts to intentionally “throw their games” to make sure they get first crack at Luck. While everyone seems to be afraid to talk about this “elephant in the room”, I think it speaks volumes about the integrity and ethical standards of both the Colts and the NFL. With the Colts purposely tanking, not only does it give them an unfair advantage in the upcoming draft, but it affects the entire integrity of the NFL and which teams make it into the playoffs. This is a very dangerous and slippery slope the NFL is allowing the Colts to travel. Just think how the future integrity of the league would be affected if every team that was mathematically eliminated from post-season play would rest their star players to prevent injury that could affect them the following year. I’m not claiming to have the answer to this issue but the Colts unwillingness to try and field the best team possible is opening up a new can of worms for the NFL.

  17. I hate to see a good, quality player crash and burn at the end of their career. He’s done a lot of good things the past 10-12 years…….unfortunately he’s probably going to be remembered for the few bad seasons rather than for all the great years he had.

  18. The Vikings have nothing to lose by cutting McNabb loose, and McNabb gets a chance to play somewhere.

    If he does get picked up, I hope has better success than he’s had in his last two stops.

  19. They’re doing this for three reasons: (1) as a favor to McNabb to give him a chance to play out the year; (2) they can get some other team to absorb the remainder of his contract if he’s claimed; and (3) Soldier field has a worm problem and they need someone to throw balls into the turf to eradicate them.

  20. He’ll make it through waivers ensuring the Vikings get to pay him more $. You have to feel bad for the Vikings fans, just not their year (years?) in every respect.

  21. Message to Jerry Angelo from a Bear fan: Don’t do it. Resist the temptation. Go take a cold shower if you have to. You’ll be glad later. Trust me.

  22. “When that light comes shining, on the day my bonus is due…
    Any day now, any way now…………I shall be released!”.

  23. @d3murf:
    Since I suspect that your football knowledge is …. shall we say… limit, let me explain to you how “McNabb took you to the playoffs most years”. Given all of Andy Reid’s faults, you can NOT fault him when it comes to making QB’s look good.
    McNabb, A.J. Feeley, Kevin Kolb, and M. Vick.
    “McNabb took you to the playoffs most years”, maybe, but he choked in ALL those playoff games.

  24. Look for some sweetheart trade in the next three years between the Vikings and Cowboys/Texans if they get him….

    Best thing that will happen, Philly picks him up just to screw over Dallas.

  25. benyamen says:
    Dec 1, 2011 1:56 PM
    So is every NFL team just feeling sorry for the Bears/Texans and trying to give them a shot with a veteran QB?

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    I agree with you, but the other side of the argument is, why is the NFL feeling sorry for the Colts and allowing them to purposely have the worst record. If the Colts were truely interested in winning a game, they would’ve claimed Orton off of waivers. ……Isray screwed Baltimore and the NFL when he snuck his team out of Baltimore in the middle of the night and now he’s thumbing his nose at the integrity of the game .

  26. I am surprised this was not accompanied by whispers that he will only play if claimed by his hometown team. His best years are behind him and he’s made over $100M in his career. This has got to be it, right, he can’t possibly be auditioning for a 2012 gig can he?

  27. Can’t say we ALL saw this one coming(SARCASTIC VOICE)!!! This move was probably inevitable. NO surprise. Wonder who the next team will be to take a chance on McNotAccurateAnymore!!!

  28. McNabb must be enjoying his version of the Ken Griffey Jr. last hurrah tour. Either that’s one heckuva flack jacket he’s wearing, or his appetite has overtaken his metabolism.

  29. Please bears dont pick this bum up! I rather cutler play with a broken back than see this guy stink our team up!!

  30. If the bears pick him up I’ll root for the best qb in eagles history. I’d love to see him win somewhere else.his yr in Washington didn’t count and Minnesota is pretty bad. I think he could win some games or da bears

  31. Advice to any NFL team considering McNabb: don’t. don’t be fooled by his past accolades, he is a shell of his former self and if you have any doubts just watch his last 2 seasons in the NFL. Mesmerized by his low INT count? Don’t be fooled, he will find a way to lose a game guaranteed. You are better off with a rookie or a wildcard type, with McNabb you know exactly what you’re getting, and what you’re getting is a guy who will lose games no matter how hard the rest of your team plays.

  32. The Colts (my team unfortunately) should put in a claim for him but they’re not because they want a bigger lead for Luck which is outright ridiculous. Even though McNabb is waaaaaaaay past his prime, I’d rather have him as the starter than Painter and Orlovsky.

  33. My prediction is no one will be put in a claim for him. Fool me once (WAS), fool me twice (MIN) ….

  34. “…while we wait for the Colts to cobble together an excuse for not making a claim for McNabb.”

    Anyone who thinks it takes an excuse to not bid on a washed up QB shouldn’t be …thinking.

  35. McNabb would not be an upgrade in Chicago. This guy simply cannot play at a WINNING level. He is a backup at best. Hanie at least has some upside. I would be amazed if he lands with the Bears and sees the feild.

  36. Why do most of you seem to think Chicago would try to claim McNabb? Sure, he may be from Chicago and can actually grip a football, but other than that, I don’t see how he would fit. Martz has a complex offense and McNabb has never been a guy to pick up schemes quickly. He is not a leader–in fact, it seems he does the opposite of what a leader should do. His passive aggressive nature will not go over well. Chicago’s receivers can catch the deep ball and some sideline stuff but I don’t think they are skilled at snagging balls off the turf. Sorry, but McNabb is not a fit in Chicago and I will be surprised if he is claimed at all.

  37. I think this assumes that if Kyle Orton is good enough for you, that McNabb should be.

    Right now, 12-01-11, Kyle Orton is a better QB than McNabb. But if you’re the Bears or the Texans, you have to ask yourself whether or not McNabb is an upgrade over Caleb Hanie or H. R. Puffnstuff, or whoever the Texans QB is this week. LOL

    Ah. Here it is. TJ Yates. The kid handled himself last week, but it couldn’t hurt to kick the tires on McNabb. You don’t want to make s playoff run with an untested 5th round rookie.

  38. I admit that I am biased, as I have been a McNabb fan for a while. I am a Vikings fan, so I was glad when we picked him up. I saw every snap of his in purple, and I am still a fan, though I am glad the Vikings moved to Ponder.

    McNabb is not one of the elite QBs, that’s true enough. But, he has the 16th highest Passer Rating in the league this year for all QBs with more than 20 attempts. He ranks higher than Rivers, Sanchez, Flacco, Vick, Newton, Dalton, Freeman, and Cassel. Some of the guys above him include Schaub, Cutler, and Campbell, who are all out for the season. Right now, his stats this season are better than more than half of the starters in the league.

    I would not suggest any team go out and build a franchise around him, but there are a few teams (and not just the Colts, Bears and Texans) who could do well to consider putting a waiver out on him to hold the fort for the rest of the season.

  39. Every time McNabb gets benched he figures out a way to make money off it.

    In this case it will be the renegotiation he does with his new club in order for him to “not retire” which will lead to a $5m signing bonus.

    Only Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady have earned more lifetime NFLsalary than Donovan McNabb. Hear that again, Donovan McNabb has earned the 4th highest lifetime NFL salary in the history of the NFL.

  40. twardyyy,

    I am also a Colts fan and I agree. The Colts should claim him (If they have the salary cap space) because that way they can continue to lose but they can blame it on McNabb and not Polian/Caldwell.

  41. that line about Indi makes no sense (and Im not an indi fan). But what would be the argument in favor of getting an aging QB for the last 5 games? They arent going anywhere if they win all 5, so why waste the money and kill your draft position.

  42. The guy is 100% done. Period. He’s not an upgrade over Hanie. He’s an upgrade over Yates, but that’s about it.

    His accuracy has always been crappy, but now he’s lost his mobility and his arm strength is noticably weaker. I’d take Hanie over McNabb everyday of the week and twice on Sundays.

  43. FinFan68 took the words right out of my mouth. How anyone could think McNabb fits in a Martz offense is beyond me. Until the NFL changes the rules for a completion to include the bounce-pass, he is not a fit anywhere.
    Unless by Chicago – you meant the Bulls?

  44. I can’t see why any team would want him. I hope my Bears don’t go there. Have you watched him play the past few years. He is awful.

  45. I can guarantee you noone will claim McNabb.

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    So you will be the first to comment on the article mentioning who picked him up?

    of course not, just another internet troll spewing assumptions. Just be happy your words aren’t etched in stone. You’d look pretty silly

  46. Philly fans – be careful what you wish for.

    Some people make mistakes in they lives, and the Vikings made a big one last summer.

    Show me the next fan base who will get clued into McNabb’s phony, fraudulent act! Dallas? Chicago? Houston?

  47. I love the idiot Eagle fans that always say, “You’re all seeing what we knew for years!!” You mean they’re all seeing how the Eagles haven’t won a thing since he left?

  48. As a long-time Eagles fan who watched McNabb for all of his years in Philly, he was an exciting player in his early years, but I feel that Reid ruined him by trying to turn him into a West Coast QB, which he clearly was not. Reid’s philosophy was that it was his system and not the players that were the key to winning. His best year statistically was when he was throwing to TO who always seemed to be able to catch his passes…best of luck, McNabb!

  49. as a packer fan i say ,chicago,chicago its my kind of town …for washed up qb’s with a wet noodle for a right arm

  50. If you look at their career stats, the supposedly mobile Donovan McNabb was more likely to be sacked than Drew “The Statue” Bledsoe. From what I’ve seen of McNabb this season, his legs are completely gone. Poor decision making, no longer able to escape, and the best low and outside slider ever displayed by an NFL QB, oh yeah, give me some of that.

  51. “Only Peyton Manning, Brett Favre and Tom Brady have earned more lifetime NFLsalary than Donovan McNabb. Hear that again, Donovan McNabb has earned the 4th highest lifetime NFL salary in the history of the NFL.”

    so what? that just means his agent did an excellent job. McNabb’s salary is irrelevant to discussion of his abilities. (and pleez don’t start with “my tickets pay for his salary”, becuz your tickets would cost the same with or without McNabb on the roster)

    McNabb QB’d in five NFC championship games — I bet that’s equal to the combined total of half of the rest of the conference. he’s obviously past his prime, but he wants to keep playing … which just means he’s the same as every other professional athlete. he’s never appeared on a police report, he doesn’t appear to be dishonest or disreputable, and while he could be in better shape, he’s certainly in better shape than 99% of the public, including virutally everyone on this website that criticizes his physique.

    there’s lots of NFL players who are much-better criticism targets.

  52. Eagles512…

    He’s now been cut twice since we traded him.

    By two of the worst teams in football.

    Just thought you’d be interested in knowing that.

  53. bigtex, good point.

    I actually think McNabb is in the same stat class as a Drew Bledsoe (although he can never reach his yardage total) or a Boomer Esiason (who has almost the same stats over a comparable career duration-wise).

    They’re all great QB’s, but not in the elite class and certainly not HOF’ers.

    And whoever said McNabb was held back by Reid has it wrong, IMO. Reid, despite numerous other faults, MAKES the QB’s.

  54. If Bucs wants to sell some tickets, they can pick him up and maybe mentor Freeman a little if his pride doesn’t make him still think he can starter regular at an elite level.

  55. I wish him luck, but i’m happy he’s off the team. There were reports that he was being a good mentor to Ponder since being benched. But, watching the games, cameras would flash a view of McNabb and he’d always be sitting on the bench next to some special teams player crackin jokes. As a Vikings fan I wasn’t super against the idea to give him a shot given the lockout and Ponder had no time to adjust himself to the NFL, but after seeing McNabb play you could tell he is missing the fire and drive to play successful football in the NFL. Goodbye McNabb, good luck with the next fan base who gives you a shot.

  56. 12strikes says:
    Dec 1, 2011 2:20 PM
    @d3murf:
    Since I suspect that your football knowledge is …. shall we say… limit, let me explain to you how “McNabb took you to the playoffs most years”. Given all of Andy Reid’s faults, you can NOT fault him when it comes to making QB’s look good.
    McNabb, A.J. Feeley, Kevin Kolb, and M. Vick.
    “McNabb took you to the playoffs most years”, maybe, but he choked in ALL those playoff games.

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    **Epic Fail** I hope you meant to say limitless in regards to me. I”m not the avg. fan–I weigh all aspects of the game. McNabb would’ve been just fine in Minnesota had he gotten the chance to play the whole season. Who’s the number one primary receiver in Minnesota? MICHAEL JENKINS!! The first round bust here in Atlanta. Percy Harvin is a slot guy–in Coach Bill Musgraves offense (Who also was here in Atlanta) Harvin often doesn’t even see the field. Two TE’s and a full backfield only leaves TWO receivers usually on the field. When McNabb was playing that was Bernard Berrian and Jenkins. That combo will get you fired!

    Musgrave runs that weak version of the weastcoast offense where they throw about 15 x’s a game with mostly 6 yard passes. Falcon fans know what I’m talking about. They take like 1 shot downfield per game. It’s the run based westcoast offense. In Philly they are a downfield attack team similar to Green Bay. With that being said McNabb still had 4td’s and 2int’s with 60% completion w/ little talent and little time to learn the offense. Get McNabb on a team like the Texans and he’d look really good. I have no doubts about that. The Texans attack downfield which Mcnabb is best at. He’s not the most accurate passer–but his deep passes are his thing.

  57. I think Fox owes Rush Limbaugh a long overdue apology. Donnie McBadd has always been over rated. If he needs a ride to the airport I will gladly drop everything and take him myself.

  58. My point was Eagles fans act like he sucked here. He helped them contend for 10+ years and while he didn’t get a ring they had more success with him than the 40 years previous combined. People wonder why I don’t defend most eagle fans.

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