No one claims Donovan McNabb

AP

Yesterday the Minnesota Vikings decided they didn’t want Donovan McNabb. Today 31 other teams made the same decision.

McNabb was not claimed on waivers today.

Not long ago it would have been unthinkable that no NFL team would want McNabb, but today the news doesn’t really come as a surprise: The Eagles, Redskins and Vikings have all given up on him in the last couple of years, and there’s no team that really makes sense as a good fit for him now.

McNabb now becomes an unrestricted free agent, and it’s still possible that some team might pick him up, if there’s a quarterback injury.

But it’s also quite likely that all 32 teams will continue to think that McNabb simply doesn’t give them an upgrade at quarterback. It says a lot about how far McNabb has fallen that the Bears would rather let Caleb Hanie lead them to the playoffs, and the Texans would rather let T.J. Yates lead them to the playoffs. McNabb just isn’t viewed around the league as a good quarterback anymore.

151 responses to “No one claims Donovan McNabb

  1. The Eagles should dump VY and sign him. He’d certainly be an upgrade after watching Young the past three weeks.

  2. Go get him Browns! Lets do it! Holmgren get off your fat ass and make the call, we need us some McNabb!

  3. i guess since pretty much every team has at least two QBs on their roster, that all 32 teams now believe that McNabb isn’t good enough to be in their top two QBs

  4. For some reason this reminds me of the Dante Culpepper story.

    Maybe there is a Gray Cup in his future?

  5. You feel sorry for him because he was such an elite QB back in the day. I still think he shouldve won the MVP award over Marshall Faulk that year. He never got the right weapons in Philly until he had TO. My only gripe about McNabb is that never stood up for himself…..ever. When he was getting bashed by TO he never stood up to him. Washington was supposed to be a redemption and he couldnt get it done there either so in the end, its all on him. I don’t know if he was clueless and he really felt nothing was wrong or what but Minnesota was his last chance to prove folks wrong and he couldnt do it. Its on him.

  6. Jenny Craig put in a waiver claim but was denied for not being an NFL franchise… He’s free to sign on with Jenny now…

  7. Well if it is the end of his playing career I hope the Eagles would be generous enough to let him sign a one day deal to retire as an Eagle.

  8. McNabb has never been known to be lightning quick at picking up new offenses, so what use is he to a team if it is going to take him the rest of the season to get acclimated?

    His best bet is to go home, work his tail off to get into the best shape he can, and try to convince someone to take a chance on him next season.

  9. The end of his career upon himself, he has no one to blame but himself. He was given many different opportunities and chances to revive himself as a NFL QB and he pissed it away with a lack of effort, no willingness to change and not being in shape.

  10. I wouldn’t mind having McNabb as a back up in San Fran. With the way our OL plays at times Alex might get hurt and since we are in the playoff hunt it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring a veteran in with some playoff exp. McNabb already knows the WCO it would just be a matter of learning the language.

  11. Maybe teams are learning from the eagles and packers that you can’t just plug a new guy into a system and expect success.

  12. I would have thought McNabb would be a good fit as a short-term solution for the Bears or especially the Texans, since both teams can run the ball and have good defenses, and McNabb could actually be a very good “game manager”-type QB who doesn’t make a lot of mistakes. He’s solid if you’re trying to win games 17-13 but not if you’re trying to win 35-28.

    However I think if the Bears picked him up, it would be as a backup to Hanie. If Hanie doesn’t blow it with any more 3- or 4-interception games, the Bears should win the rest except vs. GB, and Cutler will hopefully be back for the playoffs.

    Texans are a different story. I don’t know what they see in Yates, but I think McNabb is someone who could get the ball to their playmakers, limit turnovers, and actually give them a shot in the playoffs.

  13. Maybe Leslie should put a claim in for him… It wouldn’t be anymore worse of a move than it was to sign him in the first place….

  14. “It says a lot about how far McNabb has fallen that the Bears would rather let Caleb Hanie lead them to the playoffs, and the Texans would rather let T.J. Yates lead them to the playoffs. ”

    I agree, BUT it’s also awful late in the season to sign a guy off the street that probably can’t pick up an offense in a year much less a week or two. I’d think that alone would be a reason NO ONE would sign him this late in the season. It’s not like he’s a relief pitcher in baseball. That said, he should hang ’em up. The turf can’t take anymore of his dirt balls (yes I’m a skins fan, thus the username..lol).

  15. This is a tough way to end a career, but it’s officially over Donovan. In fact it was over two years ago and everyone knew it but you. His legacy will not be the good run for a few years in Philly, it will be how his career crashed and burned. Ouch.

  16. In important football news that people actually care about, Marshawn Lynch has signed a new deal….with Skittles.

    Free Skittles for two years, and a vending machine in the team clubhouse. I am not making this up.

  17. But he doesn’t need to work on his mechanics or improve his game or change anything he’s doing. He’s fine. There’s nothing wrong with Donovan. It’s everyone else. All 32 teams. All 1700 players. All the coaches. All the commentators and pundits. Mel Kiper. John Clayton.

    It’s them. But it’s definitely not Donovan.

  18. As a Cowboys fan, I couldn’t stand McNabb. He ripped out our hearts so many times. His last year in Philly he was still productive, and he deserved a better exit than a trade for low round picks.

    Shannahan hasn’t done anything since Elway handed him 2 Super Bowls in Denver.

    The Vikings organization is a joke. Leslie Frazier may be a nice guy and a good defensive coordinator, but he is not a head coach. Once again they let his best receiver get away in free agency (Sidney Rice) before he even arrived.

    This guy had 1 year with a true #1 albeit TO is a head case. Look what he did, Super Bowl.

    I can’t believe the Bears, Texans, Browns, Jaguars, Colts, or Bears don’t pick him up and give him a 3 or 4 game try out. With some talent around him he is a decent QB.

  19. @paleandpasty

    McNabb can’t even grasp the playbook of an NFL team other than the Eagles, he definitely couldn’t make the switch to Canadian football this late in his career. It’s too bad really, I think the Canadian media is very desirous in wanting a has-been quarterback to succeed.

  20. The Bengals are currently running with only 2 QBs on the roster.. He could sit well being Gradkowski…

  21. My flag football team needs a new QB, we cut Culpepper last week. We tried Jeff George, but he kept skipping out on the bar tab after the games so we axed him.
    We play near a Soup Kitchen on the South Side of Chicago, so we could dump the Chunky there after the games.

  22. Holmgren passed on him because they already have their franchise QB. They need players at ever other position. McCoy is fine if he had ANY teammates.

  23. Why do great players choose to end their careers on the scrap heap?

    Maybe it’s the extra millions of dollars…

  24. LOVE that picture … its as if he’s whinning “Mooooooommmmmm …. more chunky soup pleeeeassssse.”

  25. Feel bad for the guy…was a top 5 Qb for a large part of this decade. Sad to see how its all ending for him….

    I hope the Eagles allow him to retire in their colours. Did a lot for the franchise.

  26. Not a crack on the Vikings but this year with McNabb and last year with Favre – really reinforces the mantra – “better cut a guy a year early than a year late”.

  27. Might it just be that they don’t want to pay his Viking’s salary the rest of the year, but instead would like to sign him for the league minimum?

  28. Are the Eagles, Skins, or even the Vikes better without him as their starting QB? Yeah the Eagles were good last year but this year they are god awful- this is fact b/c I read 1 million articles about it on here and ESPN today. The Redskins aren’t god awful but they aren’t much better. And the Vikings are god awful.

  29. McNabb is like the McRibb…seemed like a good idea at one time, but then reality set in and you wouldn’t touch one if someone paid you.

  30. You people are ALL stupid who think the Texans should claim him! Kubiak is like a son to Shanahan… Do you truly think Kubiak wants this clown? Especially how he acted in Washington?

  31. willisaldon9952 says: Dec 2, 2011 4:40 PM

    I wouldn’t mind having McNabb as a back up in San Fran. With the way our OL plays at times Alex might get hurt and since we are in the playoff hunt it wouldn’t be a bad idea to bring a veteran in with some playoff exp. McNabb already knows the WCO it would just be a matter of learning the language.

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    I would rather have a CHANCE of victory in the playoffs with Kaepernick or even Tozien behind center, than a guaranteed flop with McScab. Our offense is basic enough, and at least it would get one of our potential future franchise QB’s valuable experience in the process. McScab would just send us back to the drawing board in ’12 with nothing else to show for it

  32. anyone questioning why noone claimed McNabb obviously didn’t watch him throw bounce passes into the turf this year. He was horrible at best here, time for him to go sit home in his rocking chair with a hot bowl of chunky soup…

  33. How much money has he made in his career? Still owed $~1.5 millon from the Vikings. If that’s me, I’m in on the beach in some tropical paradise drinking multiple piña coladas.

  34. Frazier is a nice guy and I want him to do well. He was a good D coordinator. But this might be the worst Vikings team ever and our starting QB was just passed on by 31 teams, two of which are making a serious run at the playoffs with 3rd stringers. Frazier was a big voice in bringing McNabb in and most people were on board with it but that decision obviously was incredibly misguided given the situation at hand.

    I hate to say it but it might be time to blow this coaching staff to pieces and start completely fresh. The current staff is still part of the Chilly regime and the idea was to try to win with some of these vets and see if the window was closed. The window has slammed shut and I can’t think of one reason outside of salary to keep any of these guys around.

    Start the healing process. All new coaches. With the new 89% of cap space room there isn’t a real need to downsize vets but we need to start learning a defensive and offensive system that takes advantage of the new rules and evolving officiating and our current guys just don’t have that experience and mindset.

  35. moochzilla says:
    Dec 2, 2011 4:52 PM
    McNabb is headed to the NFL Network or ESPN.

    Within a week he’ll be talking about how he needs better producers.

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    In all seriousness…I saw him as a guest analyst at the Super Bowl and he was actually really good. As long as the topic is not him, he’s fine.

  36. Anyone arguing that McNabb should be picked up has not seen him play this year. I could never envision a NFL QB could throw such a terrible ball. He no longer has the fire and somehow his accuracy has gotten worse.

  37. Yeah that’s cuz half his throws usually hit the ground first before they get to any wrs…. lol…. nice career the guy is done….

  38. Say what you will about McNabb, Idk what happened to him but its a far cry from when he would kick my team’s ass every year. He just couldn’t get over that hump. Well, now he has more time for Campbell’s Chunky.

  39. What’s truly amazing is that the Redskins actually got a draft pick for him and for Haynesworth. Say what you want about their foolish dealings in the past, but those were two good moves.

    This has been a rocky season for the Skins in some respects, but at the same time, they added some low priced talent to get better than last year — the emergence of Helu as a legit starter after being drafted in the mid rounds being the latest example.

    Now if they can focus on OL and QB next offseason, the front office would truly being earning respect. Not there yet, but potentially next season…

  40. McNabbs a good guy and,something you cant say much in sports, a man of great character, but i think that it may be time for him to call it a career. Though he could be a solid backup in the right situation.

  41. It’s somewhat of a sad day IMHO. I always loved McNabb as a QB and a person, I think he is a class act and what I wish most NFL players would be like. All good things come to an end.

  42. Donovan McNabb had 39 passing yards one week and he played the entire game. Spergyn Wynn could have done better blindfolded and throwing left handed. And don’t tell me it was his first game in this system, Cam Newton tossed for over 400 yards the same week in his first NFL start.

    And he had the best RB in the game and couldn’t move the chains.

  43. In important football news that people actually care about, Marshawn Lynch has signed a new deal….with Skittles.

    Free Skittles for two years, and a vending machine in the team clubhouse. I am not making this up.

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    It’s actually a dispenser built into his locker. No joke.

  44. If Don wants to be, he’ll be a backup next year. He’ll have to take the hit to his ego, admit to himself that his options are limited, swallow the humility pills and sell himself as a serviceable backup.

    Give Mark Brunell a call, Don. His career has lasted longer than I would have ever expected with the Jets. Yours can too.

  45. Awesome news. This story goes out to all those people who insisted the Vikings were smart to sign Donovan McNabb this summer. Reid knew he was not a threat anymore and traded him to a “crosstown” rival. Shanahan had seen enough by mid-season and benched his fat @$$. yet the midwest Vikings so far away from the Northeast were still convinced this was the 2003 version of Donovan McNabb.

    and now EVERYONE officially knows this guy is not only washed up, but has an actual NEGATIVE effect on the team. That’s probably the bigger reason why the Texans and Bears don’t want to bother. he’s not only no better than your rookies, but his intangibles will hurt you. good riddance mcnabb!

  46. Didn’t have a problem with McTubb as the QB here for the Vikes but when the guy only does just enough to make his numbers look “okay” thats not going to cut it. Is it fair nope its the NFL the Not Fair League Oh well Merry Christmas hope you enjoy the pay checks, ends up about 2.8 million for 5 games played not bad….not bad! I’ll be the 4th string qb as long i can get the league minimum.

  47. trollhammer20 says:
    Dec 2, 2011 4:46 PM
    In important football news that people actually care about, Marshawn Lynch has signed a new deal….with Skittles.

    Free Skittles for two years, and a vending machine in the team clubhouse. I am not making this up
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    Now we know why he has gold teeth!

  48. I thought a rival or future opponent of the Vikings might sign him to pick his brain, but thenI realized that McNabb really didn’t have a clue as to the offensive scheme in Minnesota, or Washington, or Philly.

  49. He’s probably at home sulking over a bowl of Chunky soup- dreaming of the day that he’ll be drilling balls into the turf and killing worms in the NFL again.

  50. You know who I feel sorry for? Everyone who bought Viking jerseys with McNabb on the back. Both of them.

  51. I wonder what Michael David Smith’s opinion of NcNabb was in 2003 when others started to say that NcNabb was overrated? I seriously doubt he thought that was a credible opinion. Some people are thought leaders and others simply follow when it’s safe to do so.

  52. No surprise here. Signs it is over for you in the NFL…

    1. You get benched for Rex Grossman
    2. You lose your starting job to a rookie
    3. You fall behind Joe Webb on a depth chart
    4. You get cut by a 2-9 team where you play its weakest position
    5. Said 2-9 team would rather have Sage Rosenfels

  53. Even with the victories the Eagles had with him as starter, I felt he didn’t take Philly farther because he was inaccurate (a little off on key passes) and made poor decisions at critical times. And as a Cowboys fan I was thankful for this even though he had his share of success against Dallas.

  54. McNabb’s one year with elite talent at WR lands him a SB berth. Or so his supporters claim. True enough. But how did that SB end again? Oh yeah, with McNabb displaying all the urgency of a sloth and then gagging, literally and figuratively, the SB to the underdog Pats.

  55. “The Vikings organization is a joke. Leslie Frazier may be a nice guy and a good defensive coordinator, but he is not a head coach. Once again they let his best receiver get away in free agency (Sidney Rice) before he even arrived.”

    Paid any attention to Sidney Rice’s season? Yeah, he was hurt most of the time he was a Viking, too.

  56. I’m not surprised. But considering what McNabb has accomplished, the talent he’s demonstrated in his career–and the desperate need of some NFL teams–it is sad.

  57. I honestly think that if he would have showed that he gave a damn about, well, anything while playing for MN, someone would have taken him – even if only as a third string backup. Even though he wasn’t very good this year.

    But his, ‘eh, whatever’ attitude killed his chances.

  58. He should join JaBustus in that “whatever” league for a tryout.

    I bet he STILL beats Russell out of that job.

  59. McNabb is a multi millionaire. Why must he continue to show the world that he doesn’t have it anymore. Now its time to get on with his life. The Eagles made the right call that he was done. Why the guy can’t accept the end of his career with all the millions of reasons he has to pursue other interests in business is a mystery. Even if he lives off the interest of his money, he will never have to do another thing and live life to the fullest with his family, rather than humiliate himself with yet another crappy team. Move on.

  60. It’s a shame he has to end his career this way. Anyone who is an Eagles fan knows how bad the Eagles were before the Mc nabb era. He carried the team for a decade. They did have a good defense when the mastermind Jim Johnson was there but had wr’s starting that did not belong in the NFL. Thrash who was a number 3 in Washington, FredX who once that finally gave up never made another team. The only weapons he had in his stint in philly was BWest and T.O. nd he managed to have 5nfc championship appearances nd made it to the Superbowl. I don’t understand how he went down so quick.

  61. Every time I try to post that Price is Right loser horn, it gets deleted.

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    They never let my Goddess Bunny videos get through either.

  62. “McNabbs a good guy and,something you cant say much in sports, a man of great character,”

    Can I just ask you why you’d say that? I mean, yeah…good guy and citizen.

    But so is Tony Romo. And Aaron Rodgers. And Carson Palmer. And at least half the league if not more.

    And those guys get ripped by opposing fan bases and killed when they don’t play well.

    And at NO point would anyone ever bring their “classiness” into the discussion when defending them from those criticisms.

    And no one lauds Cole Hamels for being “Classy” (even though he is), despite the fact that he has endured much worse abuse than McNabb ever did (while accomplishing FAR more as a professional athlete, he’s light years better than McNabb).

    Seriously, this always fascinates me.

  63. How many “weapons” did Tom Brady have when he was winning his Super Bowls?

    Oh yeah, no one close to the caliber of Westbrook or Owens.

    McNabb always needed more weapons. No matter where he went. And on Mike and Mike this AM he was demanding more weapons on defense!

  64. Last night I spoke with a guy at my job, he said that Minnesota was stupid for not keeping McNabb for his “experience” and “leadership” skills, I’m glad at least 32 other people agree with me that he isn’t worth it.

  65. And now would all the jackasses who called Philly fans stupid and shortsighted for wanting McNabb gone please eat crow.

  66. Philly fans aren’t very bright. In fact I think karma is coming back around on them for booing T.O out of town. Now they’ve got a pouty WR thats half the size of T.O and half as talented doing the same thing. It took a few years of the Eagles receiving core sucking while T.O was blowing it up in Dallas for Philly fans to finally say, “yeah, maybe we should have kept T.O”. They’ve learned and now they’re like “Oh yeah, redo Jackson’s contract! We need him”! haha, cracks me up

  67. McNabb is viewed as an unmotivated, lazy, sloth. The characterization is accurate and teams don’t need that sort of poisonous character brought into their team. McNabb made his many millions and is now just fat, lazy and, most of all, complacent. If he were motivated he could be good for a team.

  68. All of you saying the Bears or Texans should claim him are out of your minds…did McNabb bean you in the head with a can of Chunky Soup? His skills are diminishing… a lot of his throws were HORRIBLE!!! After the Redskins & Vikings, he’s carrying too much baggage….#1 he doesn’ appear able to learn new offenses/ playbooks very quickly. This is sort of important since the play-off’s are just a few weeks away. #2 he hasn’t exactly got a reputation for mentoring young QB’s…which is what the Texans want from their backup. #3 nobody thinks he sees himself as a back-up. #4 did I mention he’s played like crap the past season and a half??????

  69. As a Cowboys fan, I couldn’t stand McNabb. He ripped out our hearts so many times. His last year in Philly he was still productive, and he deserved a better exit than a trade for low round picks.

    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Not so much. You think they shipped him off for low round picks to disrespect him? That’s all they could get for him. It’s very telling when you compare the trade for Kolb; he was an un-proven, (apparent) flash in the pan and netted the Eagles way more than a veteran QB who had taken his team to 4 NFC Championships and a SB in a very short amount of time.

    I said his career was over when Philly had to literally pawn him off for the equivalent of what a prisoner would pay for 2 packs of cigarettes, a shank, and having the guard turn his back for 3 minutes in the shower…

  70. Amadeus says: Dec 2, 2011 4:49 PM

    Rush Limbaugh was right
    ==================================

    Rush Limbaugh has never been right about anything other than knowing where the nearest Krispy Kreme is located.

  71. Kurt Warner was on NFL Network saying McNabb went to teams with systems that didn’t fit his skill set. He said he went through the same thing the year he went to the Giants.

    But it’s the physical status – is he in shape? What is his offseason program?

    He looks done.

  72. If Andy Reid doesn’t want a guy at QB anymore, you should probably stay away.

    Donovan’s career is over.

  73. What ever channel he is on is a channel I care not to watch. I don’t care what you have to day. Hope the NFL Network stays away….ESPN is so needs to rid of Boomer

  74. I’m a die hard Eagles fan and I can’t deny that Donovan gave us many good years! He may not have gotten us a Superbowl but he had many NFC Championship appearances(with 1 Superbowl appearance) and many successful seasons. I really hope the Eagles do give him a one day contract at the least so he can retire as an Eagle if that’s what he wants to do!…I wish you the best Donovan, you’re a good guy and were a solid QB in ur prime.

  75. Pretty funny how everyone on here always jumps on someone when they are on the downside of their career, guy had a great run, and is still trying to do his thing to no avail. I’ve never been a fan of him, but can at least acknowledge that he was pretty Damn good in his day, quit acting like he has never been good, NFL players in their 30s plus pretty much are always on the downhill…

  76. Philadelphia is suffering… but it’s not because we got rid of Donovan McNabb.

    Good luck in the future Donovan. I wish you were the same QB that we all loved between 1999-2004

  77. “Philly fans aren’t very bright. In fact I think karma is coming back around on them for booing T.O out of town. ”

    WTF are you talking about.

    NO ONE booed TO out of town.

    The QB, coach, and owner antagonize him out of town. The fans loved him, he was the favorite Eagle of his time here.

    And that is why he was driven away, McNabb couldn’t handle it.

    Again, losers blaming the fans with no facts or evidence. Because you are lazy.

  78. “They did have a good defense when the mastermind Jim Johnson was there but had wr’s starting that did not belong in the NFL. Thrash who was a number 3 in Washington, FredX who once that finally gave up never made another team.”

    Yeah, and McNabb was a number 3 in Washington too. And in MN as well.

    Maybe, just maybe, Reid is an offensive genius who made an above-average QB and subpar WR’s into a great supporting cast for one of the most under-rated RB’s of all-time…Brian Westbrook.

    Brian Westbrook “carried” this team, along with the defense. The rest was pure system on offense – they were system guys. History has proven it to be so.

  79. sonvar says: Dec 2, 2011 4:33 PM

    Well if it is the end of his playing career I hope the Eagles would be generous enough to let him sign a one day deal to retire as an Eagle.

    Athletes signing 1-day contracts so that they can “retire” with a team they used to play for is the most tired, played, stupid “tradition” in sports. Whether McNabb does this or not–he retired (or got retired) as a Viking. Only the freaking knobs of the world would think anything else.

  80. At least he made a bunch of money, though I don’t know where he’d retire to since he’s hated and ridiculed just about everywhere now. Maybe in Alaska they don’t know how much he sucks?

  81. Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    Dec 2, 2011 4:43 PM
    Maybe Leslie should put a claim in for him… It wouldn’t be anymore worse of a move than it was to sign him in the first place….

     No. I hear McNabb is looking for a radio gig in Mpls where he can spend all day posting messages on the Internet, but get paid for doing nothing. Oh, he was getting paid for that already.

  82. It’s all over. McNabb is McDone. Turns out TO was right about McNabb running out of gas in the super bowl. Makes you wonder why he didn’t plan a better exit strategy from the league than to go out looking this bad.

    As for the Eagles, the window is slammed shut and has been since that last appearance in the NFC title game. The window only stays open so long, no matter how good your team is. 4 straight trips folks, you are supposed to have @ least one super bowl out of that. Time to blow it up and start over. It’s a wrap.

  83. “Even if he lives off the interest of his money, he will never have to do another thing”

    Have you checked the interest rates the banks are paying these days?

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