Since the Vikings cut quarterback Donovan McNabb on a Thursday, they owe him a paycheck for Week 13. Since no team claimed McNabb on waivers, the Vikings possibly owe McNabb four more paychecks.
Under the labor deal, a player with four or more seasons of service is entitled once in his career to receive termination pay, if he’s released during an NFL season. For vested veterans on a team’s Week One roster, the amount of the pay equates to the balance of the base salary.
For McNabb, that’s $1.17 million. Even if he signs with another team as a free agent, he’s entitled to the $1.17 million.
But McNabb has to ask for it in order to get it. And that raises the question of whether he should ask for the money. The Vikings granted his request to be released when they could have kept him around for the rest of the season, forcing him to work for the money. He surely believed he’d be claimed on waivers, which would have allowed the Vikings to avoid any further financial obligation.
On one hand, McNabb has every right to the money. On the other hand, he got what he wanted — should he really ask for more?
I’m leaning toward concluding that he should take the money. Feel free to offer up your own views in the comments.