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Bears not expected to claim McNabb

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It’s starting to look like Donovan McNabb’s next employer may be ESPN or NFL Network, rather than an NFL team.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen writes that he “absolutely does not expect” the Bears to show interest in McNabb on waivers or if he clears waivers.

While a team could always surprise us, the logical places for McNabb have been eliminated.  Houston isn’t interested. Dallas has said they won’t claim him.  Mort feels strongly the Bears won’t bid on him.

McNabb said during his many television appearances on Thursday that he wanted to clear his head and take a step back from things. It seems like there’s a strong chance he’ll get that chance for the rest of the season, at the very least.

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27 Responses to “Bears not expected to claim McNabb”
  1. waitingguilty says: Dec 2, 2011 3:25 PM

    So by the looks of things we can expect 31 posts from you about who WON’T be claiming McNabb?

    Makes sense.

  2. mcjon22 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:28 PM

    This is what happens when you stop eating your Campbell’s chunky soup

  3. masochisticjetsfan says: Dec 2, 2011 3:28 PM

    I read somewhere that the Louisiana Swashbucklers of the Professional Indoor Football League are looking for a new starting QB. Just sayin’…

  4. dexterismyhero says: Dec 2, 2011 3:28 PM


  5. shaggytoodle says: Dec 2, 2011 3:28 PM

    Sorry McNabb, we just spent all that money locking up Bennett, we can no longer afford your services.

  6. freebird2011 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:29 PM

    At this point, Hanie > McNabb.

  7. netherscourge says: Dec 2, 2011 3:31 PM

    Nobody wants a passive-aggressive QB who has ZERO touch on his passes and refuses to scramble for fear of being labeled as a dynamic QB.

  8. 07vrod says: Dec 2, 2011 3:34 PM

    He needs a team that has receivers with very unique qualities. The receivers must be able to leap back towards McNabb while digging out balls that are headed straight towards the ground.

  9. war27 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:36 PM

    The bears would rather go down as a steaming heap trying what amounts to a rookie QB then deal with McNabb.

    Donovan, maybe you can back up Jamarcus Russell in the 2012 areana 2-a league next year.

  10. philyeagles5 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:37 PM

    why would anyone claim him? hes not worth the vet minimum.

  11. thefam3132 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:39 PM

    Maybe the Eagles should claim him. They could use some assistance.

  12. merc3375 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:41 PM

    The bad part of the story is if he finds a job as an analyst, we’ll have to see him on television every Sunday.

  13. melikefootball says: Dec 2, 2011 3:43 PM

    Cold weather is coming and McNabb has been standing on the sidelines inside. Not a good fit.

  14. ronniemexico says: Dec 2, 2011 3:43 PM


  15. drshakedown74 says: Dec 2, 2011 3:46 PM


  16. norseyapper says: Dec 2, 2011 3:48 PM

    merc3375 says:
    “The bad part of the story is if he finds a job as an analyst, we’ll have to see him on television every Sunday.”

    Good Lord NO!!! The horror! I rather hear Tiki. Ok, maybe not…but you know what I mean.

  17. cardiovascularendurance says: Dec 2, 2011 3:49 PM

    After the past three weeks, I’m convinced the Eagles would be no worse off if they released VY and welcomed back 5.

  18. tombradyswig says: Dec 2, 2011 4:01 PM

    To retire at 35!! How wonderful!!
    Ride off into the sunset Don, and enjoy!

  19. rtookey says: Dec 2, 2011 4:03 PM

    meanwhile in Indianapolis, Orlovsky is practicing his safety’s for his debut against the Pats…

  20. baboushka says: Dec 2, 2011 4:05 PM

    Too bad. Donovan is a good person. And he did great things for Philly for all of his years. Even though he couldn’t get the big one for them. At least Philly is now adjusting to their post McNabb, non playoff years well. How does Vick, Young and Kolb look now Philly, compared to Donovan’s record?

    The good to great ones seem never to know when its over. Johnny U in San Diego, Same with Namath, Joe Montana in KC, Curt Warner all over the place, Ditto with McNabb. And Brett Favre broke the mold. Even though he did get close in Vikes land and with the Jets. Old QBs never age well. I sure hope Peyton and Brady don’t do this!

  21. purplekoolaid1 says: Dec 2, 2011 4:12 PM

    I wonder if Campbell’s will take him back?

  22. maddogwhite says: Dec 2, 2011 4:15 PM

    Perhaps the most overrated football player in my 36 years of watching the NFL.

  23. rubbernilly says: Dec 2, 2011 4:24 PM

    Orton requests a release, gets it, a bunch of teams put in claims, and he lands with a team.

    McNabb sees that, requests his release and…

    It recalls a scene from the movie “Groundhog Day,” where Bill Murray’s character is being auctioned off as a date in a charity drive. By this point in the movie, everyone loves him, so the bidding is fast and furious. He goes for a huge figure to Nancy Travis.

    Seeing that, Chris Elliot’s character decides to be the next on the auction block. He hops up on stage… turns slowly around in a “get a load o’ me” gesture…

    …and ends up going for twenty-five cents to a pair of old ladies.

    In any case, I’m sure ESPN’s workouts aren’t nearly as stringent, cardiovascularly speaking, so McNabb will have that going for him.

  24. deenice810 says: Dec 2, 2011 4:41 PM

    Time to ride off into the sunset DMac, you’ll always be an Eagle.

  25. vikingdoode says: Dec 2, 2011 5:38 PM

    Yeah okay

  26. ha5ko says: Dec 2, 2011 5:56 PM

    Hey Don, T.O. is getting a tee time for Sunday

  27. granadafan says: Dec 2, 2011 6:27 PM

    @rubbernilly: Nice, a Groundhog Day/ Chris Elliot reference.

    McNabb is the oldest looking 35 year old I’ve ever seen.

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