Just when you thought there couldn’t be any more speculation about the Vikings QB situation, new reports on Friday have added some.
Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer reports that Philadelphia Eagles QB Donovan McNabb may be traded and if the team were to ship its franchise QB elsewhere, the Vikings would be his first choice, according to sources close to the situation. McNabb has motioned that he wants to stay in Philadelphia where he has played his entire career, but Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid announced Wednesday that the Eagles were being entertained with trade offers for all 3 of their QBs (McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick).
Although the thought of adding a Pro Bowl-caliber QB such as McNabb to the Vikings may be an intriguing one, there are many barriers that stand in the way of that happening any time soon.
The most obvious of those barriers would be Brett Favre’s decision on whether to return for a 20th season or not. The Vikings have held their ground on the notion that they will allow Favre as much time as is needed to make his decision, even if it doesn’t come until after training camp.
Another key element in this situation would be the cost. McNabb’s ability to perform at a high level in Purple would not come cheap – with a contract extension for the 6-time Pro Bowler likely to accompany a trade.
It is believed that McNabb is the one most likely to be traded out of the 3 QBs in Philadelphia and there is a large incentive to do so soon. The NFL draft is less than a month away and the Eagles would certainly receive draft pick compensation by dealing McNabb to another team. The 11-year veteran is also due a $6.2 million roster bonus on May 5.
We’ll keep you posted here on vikings.com if anything new comes up involving the Vikings and McNabb, but don’t count on any progression being made bearing in mind that the Vikings are waiting on Favre’s decision, which may not come any time soon.
[Update]: ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Favre is aware that McNabb would potentially be an ideal replacement for him as the Vikings starting QB if Favre decides not to return in 2010, according to a prominent Vikings source.
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