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McNabb says there’s an 80-to-90-percent chance he’ll play

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With a 90-man offseason roster for the first time ever and 32 total teams, that’s 2,880 NFL jobs . . . and Donovan McNabb owns none of them.

But he nevertheless believes that, when the total jobs are cut to 53 per team (1,696 total), he’s likely to have one.  Appearing in studio on Thursday’s edition of NBC SportsTalk, McNabb said there’s an 80-to-90-percent chance he’ll play in 2012.

So which team will he be playing for?

“I have about three teams that I’m looking at,” McNabb said.

But McNabb would identify none of them. More importantly, it’s not clear at all whether the teams he’s “looking at” are in turn “looking at” him.

He’s most interested in teams with a “solid running game, weapons on the outside, a defense that’s been playing well and playing well together, and that’s ready to win right now.”  McNabb seemed to acknowledge that teams fitting that description may have to have “things . . . go wrong” in training camp.

Chiming in on the debate launched earlier this week by LaDainian Tomlinson, McNabb also said that he didn’t play “for the individual accolades and the individual rewards,” and that his goal was (and apparently still is) to win a Super Bowl.

The closest he’s gotten, of course, is to play in one.  And since it wouldn’t be a Donovan McNabb interview without a mention of Terrell Owens, McNabb said he believes the Eagles still would have played in a Super Bowl even if Terrell Owens hadn’t joined the team in 2004.

We’ll never know whether he’s right.  As to whether his assessment of his chances of playing again are accurate, we’ll know soon enough.

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58 Responses to “McNabb says there’s an 80-to-90-percent chance he’ll play”
  1. adlent says: Jun 29, 2012 4:59 AM

    I think I am beginning to understand the people who are severely tired of Brett Favre.

  2. James Myers says: Jun 29, 2012 5:15 AM

    I was afraid of this before, but its official. The man has lost his mind.

  3. staffordsyear says: Jun 29, 2012 5:21 AM

    Yea,maybe some flag at the local ymca.

  4. descendency says: Jun 29, 2012 5:24 AM

    NFL Teams: There’s an 80 to 90% chance McNabb won’t play.

  5. savannahrose44 says: Jun 29, 2012 5:26 AM

    And there’s an 80-90 percent chance McNabb has taken one too many hits to the head.

  6. jimbo75025 says: Jun 29, 2012 5:27 AM

    A lot of teams would have to have a lot go wrong in camp for him to get another shot………

  7. smstonerock says: Jun 29, 2012 5:30 AM

    I hope he goes back to the vikings. That way the Lions can embarrass him again.

  8. fdugrad says: Jun 29, 2012 5:34 AM

    If the rest of his body is as chubby as his face, then he is in the delusional phase of his career.

  9. Bubby Brister says: Jun 29, 2012 5:46 AM

    And everybody thought T.O. was the headcase of their relationship…

  10. petehemlock says: Jun 29, 2012 5:56 AM

    …but the 10 to 20% is weighted pretty heavily.

  11. elmaxoh says: Jun 29, 2012 5:57 AM

    It’s sad to end a career like this , McNabb wasn’t a bad player at all … But you have to know when you’re done , you’re done McNabb.

  12. clw1906 says: Jun 29, 2012 5:58 AM

    Come on 20-10%!

  13. khmer379 says: Jun 29, 2012 6:00 AM

    Mcnabb the only team you should play on is McDonald who knows maybe they’re name a burger after you called McWack

  14. angryamericancitizen says: Jun 29, 2012 6:03 AM

    Someone should tell McNabb to take the tiny shred of dignity he has left and ride off into the sunset. He will never get into the HOF.

    Even if he could be anything other than a backup at this point in his career, Im guessing that there is only a slim chance a team would take him on. Who wants a backup who doesn’t want to know the playbook?

  15. mikesvikes says: Jun 29, 2012 6:04 AM

    With himself.

  16. sufferingbirdsfan says: Jun 29, 2012 6:05 AM

    I’ve always liked McNabb but man, he really makes it hard to defend him. Let it go Don…

  17. matto8929 says: Jun 29, 2012 6:21 AM

    McNabb seems like the kind of bitter veteran player that would easily cause a distraction to any team by causing division between himself and other players, coaches and the staff.

  18. mgfred says: Jun 29, 2012 6:22 AM

    Is Evander Holyfield still boxing? How about Tommy Hearns? Most atheletes don’t know it’s over until the phone stops ringing. Donovan nobody’s calling you!!!!

  19. In the Weeds says: Jun 29, 2012 6:38 AM

    Has he already joined the “Concussion List?”

  20. joeflaccosunibrow says: Jun 29, 2012 6:46 AM

    I thought the title read that it’s an 80-90% chance he’ll sign a 1 day contract with the Eagles.

  21. steelerdynasty2010 says: Jun 29, 2012 6:52 AM

    usfl here he comes!

  22. tubaplayingprof says: Jun 29, 2012 7:04 AM

    Anybody have a link to a biography of Jim Brown? I need to be reminded how a HOF leaves the game.

  23. EJ says: Jun 29, 2012 7:07 AM

    I believe McNabb can still play, but not with the fire he had when he first started playing for Philadelphia. He lost his drive for competition a couple of years ago, you could see it in the interviews he was doing. Most teams in the NFL can see his low drive for football, and that is why he won’t be playing again.

  24. delshofner says: Jun 29, 2012 7:24 AM

    This fall, Plax will be ‘looking at’ 10-15 teams, and McNabb only 3.

    Seems Plax bought the NFL ticket, and Donovan only has basic cable.

  25. thebarkexpress says: Jun 29, 2012 7:35 AM

    And there’s 80 to 90 % per cent chance he throws the ball into the dirt again too

  26. bleedgreen says: Jun 29, 2012 7:57 AM

    Well, well well. He’s further proving that the fans in Philly have been right since about 2007 with wanting him gone, and the national media just couldn’t get enough McNabb in their mouth.

    The Philly fans said “McNabb was really good for this team, but its time to move on. We know what we have in him, and its not a championship QB. You throw balls into the dirt, you take no responsibility for your play, you are passive aggressive and you are hindering the growth of some other players on the team.”

    We got told we were ignorant, ungrateful, terrible fans that don’t know squat about football. Guess what? McNabb was all of those things we said he was. Its been proven a few times over now.

  27. txxxchief says: Jun 29, 2012 8:01 AM

    The three teams:

    1. Winnepeg Blue Bombers
    2. Toronto Argonauts
    3. Hamilton Tigercats

  28. skins99 says: Jun 29, 2012 8:08 AM

    You know, I almost hope somebody signs him, just so I don’t have to listen to that annoying monotone on tv this season. Green Bay seems to fit his criteria, maybe they can get rid of Rodgers and fit McNabb in there. No, wait, I got it, good running game, good young wideouts, good D, Pittsburgh! Goodbye Ben, thanks for everything, but we are bringing in Donnie Mac!

  29. jnks10 says: Jun 29, 2012 8:13 AM

    I still remember when the rest of amerIca bashed Philly for forcing this guy out. Still waiting for that Philly was right article. You think a guy goes from being super amazing to this bad overnight. No, he was never elite and we always knew that. He was a very good qb but never great.

  30. Jecurb says: Jun 29, 2012 8:13 AM

    Solid interview. He’s had a rough past couple of years, but I’d like to seem him get one last legit shot. Love him or hate him, you have to concede that he’s still better than 50% of the QBs in the league.

  31. conormacleod says: Jun 29, 2012 8:37 AM

    I’m actually ok with this. He played a game for a living, and got rich doing it. Most will say leave with dignity. I say make them drag you off the field kicking and screaming. Let’s be honest, all of us that played the game played it as long as a team would have us. For most of us, that ended after high school. Never make it end until they won’t have you anymore.

  32. CJ says: Jun 29, 2012 8:39 AM

    “McNabb says there’s an 80-to-90-percent chance he’ll play”

    in the backyard with the neighborhood kids. I’d be shocked if even the IFL would take him at this point. He’s done.

  33. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jun 29, 2012 8:53 AM

    Of course he’d rather win a Super Bowl than be in the Hall of Fame. He has no chance at the Hall of Fame. His chances of winning the Super Bowl aren’t looking that good either, though.

  34. gonzagylot00 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:04 AM

    I’ll just say that we do have a good idea if the Eagles would have made the Super Bowl that year, because T.O. was out all of the playoffs, and had a miraculous comeback for the super bowl that year.

  35. thejabronisayz says: Jun 29, 2012 9:11 AM

    1. McNabb is probably right in saying that the Eagles still would have made the Superbowl without T.O., as, if you recall, T.O. broke his leg and didn’t play at all in any of the playoff games before the Superbowl. So, technically, the Eagles sort of did make it there without him.

    2. With that being said, McNabb is now delusional.

  36. fcs34 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:14 AM

    and a 100% chance he’s gonna suck.

  37. trollhammer20 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:15 AM

    Let’s say the unthinkable happens and your team’s starting QB goes down on the first play of preseason. The backup goes down in the third preseason game.

    Would you rather see:

    A) Your team sign McNabb.
    B) Your team trade a fifth-round pick to Seattle to get Tavaris Jackson.

  38. teal379 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:34 AM

    McNabb’s the guy guy with a 520 credit score walking around the car dealership.

    Sure, he’s looking at a few sleds, an Enzo, a Ruff 911 and a new Maybach but he’s still just a guy with a 520 score…..

    He can look all he wants but there’s no way someone’s gonna drop paperwork in his lap for him to sign.

  39. selldannysell says: Jun 29, 2012 9:36 AM

    Maybe he means “minus” 80-to-90 percent.

  40. fwippel says: Jun 29, 2012 9:43 AM

    An 80-90% chance he’ll play? In the CFL, maybe, but not in the NFL.

    If last season proved anything about McNabb, it was that he can’t play anymore.

  41. footballchic777 says: Jun 29, 2012 9:44 AM

    It’s obvious……McNabb must have suffered an abundance of concussions!

  42. stellarperformance says: Jun 29, 2012 9:53 AM

    If he does play, there is an 80%-90% chance the gopher population will significantly decrease at whatever venue he plays.

  43. bhindenemylines says: Jun 29, 2012 9:57 AM

    “He’s most interested in teams with a “solid running game, weapons on the outside, a defense that’s been playing well and playing well together, and that’s ready to win right now.”

    Sorry Donovan; it’s too late to play for the 70’s Steelers, 80’s 49er, 90’s Cowboys, or 00’s Patriots.

  44. fargovikesfan says: Jun 29, 2012 10:05 AM

    There’s no playoff caliber team thats going to bring him in and throw him into a starting rotation. He’s proven the past 2 years that he can’t pick up a playbook and learn an offense. That and they’d have to double the groundskeeping staff to fix all the divots from the dirt balls he throws. The Bears desperately needed a QB last year when Cutler went down, and they didn’t even bring him in for a look-see. Give it up Donnie, you were done 3 years ago, you are just to dillusional to realize it.

  45. effedinLA says: Jun 29, 2012 10:07 AM

    The Colts almost picked him up last year but, they were afraid that everyone would know they just guaranteed the #1 pick the following season. It was too obvious of a move even at that time. You’re McDone!

  46. PriorKnowledge says: Jun 29, 2012 10:17 AM

    Any employment counselor will tell you the first rule about seeking a job is don’t put conditions on your employment. If he really wants a job, he should say, “I’ll play for anyone who offers me a job,” rather than, “solid running game, weapons on the outside, a defense that’s been playing well and playing well together, and that’s ready to win right now.”

    Not smart because he is eliminating many potential employers.

  47. jjbadd says: Jun 29, 2012 10:24 AM

    its almost funny, if it weren’t so damn sad! He is speaking as if he believes there are 3 teams that would sign him, while I can’t think of 1 out of the 31 teams…& then there’s Cleveland.

  48. kayakattack says: Jun 29, 2012 10:36 AM

    and the nation still wonders why Eagles fans couldn’t stand him

  49. tombrookshire says: Jun 29, 2012 10:42 AM

    He specifies all the characteristics of an excellent team, one to which his poor QB play could do little damage until he is benched again. McNabb won’t be on any team at the end of camp because he stinks. He is much more pathetic than even Favre, since Favre at least had a little football left in him. McNabb has none.

  50. sudz28 says: Jun 29, 2012 10:53 AM

    “McNabb says there’s an 80-to-90-percent chance he’ll play…”
    … Madden ’12 later this year.

  51. chaseutley says: Jun 29, 2012 10:55 AM

    If Donny Mac can find a starting job somewhere, I wish him well.

    Me? I selfishly want him to come back to Philly and back up Vick. Whether or not he’d go for such a thing is another matter entirely, but I’d rather go with McNabb than Trent Edwards.

  52. theawesomersfranchise says: Jun 29, 2012 2:54 PM

    The new Jeff George

  53. footballfanman says: Jun 29, 2012 3:39 PM

    I think Arizona should bring’em in.

  54. cbgbs21 says: Jun 30, 2012 6:21 PM

    Snap poll: Whose comeback attempt will last longer, T.O. or McNabb?

  55. fmwarner says: Jun 30, 2012 7:12 PM

    Love all the Eagles fans saying, “See, we were right all along!”

    Sure you were. Let’s ignore the fact that he dragged a middling team to the NFC Championship as recently as 2009, and played at a high level until the end of his tenure as an Eagle. Just because he played poorly the last two years in Washington and Minny doesn’t mean you guys were right when you were trying to drive him out of town five, six, seven years ago.

  56. oldbyrd says: Jul 2, 2012 12:49 PM

    Don’t be so fast to judge. I heard TheWabash Smashers of The Southern Mountain league B players are looking at him since Ryan Leaf is not available.

  57. commonsensedude says: Jul 6, 2012 12:13 AM

    Will somebody please get the man a TV remote and a subscription to Direct TV’s NFL package? That way, he can spend this season “looking at” all 32 teams along with the rest of us.

  58. cubancigar10 says: Jul 6, 2012 3:19 AM

    And there is a chance that McNabb is 100% delusional.

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