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Vikings On McNabb’s Wish List?

Posted by cjsiewert on March 27, 2010 – 7:19 pm

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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31 Responses to “Vikings On McNabb’s Wish List?”

  1. By CajunViking on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    Let McNabb go somewhere else, IF Favre doesn’t come back ( I think he will ) then it’s time to move on to a younger QB and McNabb ain’t it.

  2. By Paul on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    McNabb seems to be a fantastic person first and foremost. He always has his composure. Like Favre shows he’s having fun out there which is exciting to watch. Favre is I believe a more accurate passer at an elite level. Although Donovan is also excellent. Familiarity with the system would make it a possible smooth transition as well. McNabb doesn’t run as effectively as he once did, but he still uses his legs to move the chains from time to time. For all the Rush Limbaugh’s out there saying he’s overrated. You have to look at what McNabb did without great players in key positions. He did get them to a Super Bowl without T.O. on the playoff run. At the very least, it is refreshing to hear upper eschelon players wanting to play for the Vikes. From a league standpoint, their hoping Favre comes back. Vikings / Packers doesn’t have the same intrigue with Donovan McNabb winging it on the frozen tundra. After all of my babbling I still believe Favre is coming back! Go Vikes!

  3. By joe on Mar 27, 2010 | Reply

    scoop up mcnabb ,keep sage he was always by farve side every game,let tarvaris jackson go! if farse should get hurt,mcnabb would be the guy to carry it out !

  4. By Peteyball on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    If you remember, Coach Childress came to Minnesota after leaving Philadelphia as the QB coach then Offensive Coordinator. He groomed McNabb to be a Pro QB while coaching him in philly and has a good relationship with Donovan. It would be great to have McNabb and Brian Westbrook in the Vikings backfield next season. Westbrook would probably fair better injury wise playing indoors. You won’t find a better back out there to put in on 3rd down situations or as a substitute for AD. Just check Westbrooks seasonal stats. You know McNabb is the right choice when Favre himself would pick Donovan to take over his spot as QB. If Westbrook plays for the Vikes you’ll be looking at probably the most productive offensive season on the ground for Minnesota and the NFL. As long as Favre or McNabb is the QB. Just think what next season would be like without Favre or McNabb as QB. A dismal season with an inexperienced QB leading a much talented Viking team. The Vikes have a great opportunity to reach the superbowl next season and win it all but if they have a mediocre season Viking players will be searching to play on a team that’s a contender for the playoffs the following seasons. I hope the Vikings front office makes the right decision and keep the Vikes a top contender for the years to come.

  5. By Ann on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    Of course McNabb wants to go to the vikings, just like Favre wanted to be traded to MN when he was with the packers. who wouldn’t want to go to a SB ready team? It would take a first round draft pick to get him, if the eagles would even trade him to an NFC SB ready team. I can’t see the vikings trading a #1 for a 34yr old QB that hasn’t played a complete season in 5yrs. Although Mcnabb is not on Favre’s level, he is a very good QB but I don’t see the vikings doing this this year when they can wait for him to play out his contract like they did with Favre.

  6. By Chaz on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    Good call on the waiting for the contract to run out. That is if he isn’t traded and re-signed. The Vikings do need to find a long term solution at QB… eventually but i will keep taking vets for now. we used frerotte two years ago favre last year and who knows next year. The vikings find ways to win.

  7. By Trevor on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    Favre awesome Vikings plus BRETT FAVRE =souperbowl !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! comeback comeback!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MCnabb is not good as BRETT FAVRE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  8. By Benson on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    We need a qb that can scramble and buy more time out of the pocket with accuracy, mcnabb would fit that mold. Vikes o-line is not made for protecting a pocket passer like favre. He got dismantled against the saints draft more olineman in the draft.

  9. By Bigfan1 on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    Forget McNabb we want Favre, we want Favre….I could say it all day. You’re talking about a good quarterback and the BEST quarterback, good night. The gamble will be worth it wait for BF.

  10. By secondnature815 on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    As much as I think Donovan McNabb would be a good fit for the Vikes, I cannot turn my back on Brett Favre. He will go down as one of the greatest to ever play in the NFL. If Donovan could co-exist with Brett as his back-up this year…..WOW!!! What a thought. Brett Favre is one of the toughest QB’s ever. I remember how tough Terry Bradshaw was in Pittsburgh in the 70′s and that formula is right here, right now in Minnesota. Imagine…. Donovan could have the best of both worlds. A new home and a Super Bowl Ring!!!

  11. By Mike on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    Farve is much more consistsnt than Mcnabb week after week. 1 more year of Favre then draft a young QB. If farve does play he will have alot more practice time this year than last(and they went to the championship game) just think what could happen this year! Mcnabb is overrated.

  12. By Vinnie on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    Why are we even talking like #4 isnt coming back? we all know he is theres no way hes going out like that after the season he had and as close as they got and then get robbed by the refs in ot on 3 blown calls….the nfl wouldnt let new orleans lose that game those morons down there would have burnt that town down again…..the Vikes were robbed im looking forward to a rematch this season……………..GO VIKINGS

  13. By BrianVikes on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    So, McNabb is a good QB, but Favre is also a great QB. If a guy like McNabb wants MN as his first pick away from Philly then maybe he would even take a chance at being our #2 QB and afer this year if Favre retires he would become our #1….. Is it worth th risk of relying on Favre coming back, if he doesnt and we havnt picked up another vetren QB that means we have Sage and Tavaris to TRY and lead us to the playoffs and\or superbowl. Face facts we need another vet whether Brett comes back or nt.

  14. By Paul on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    The thought of both on the roster at the same time doesn’t seem realistic from the payroll standpoint. Also, Donovan has been a starter his entire career, he won’t publicly complain, but it would eat at him being a backup. Don’t misunderstand, I’d love that kind of depth, who wouldn’t. I’m much happier hearing about Donovan, than that Eurasion milfoil Michael Vick.

  15. By bass8 on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    When I first heard about McNabb, I thought, yes he is a good quarterback but….DIDN’T THE COWBOYS BEAT THE EAGLES WITH MCNABB AND THEN THE VIKINGS KILLED THE COWBOYS WITH FAVRE….I certainly am not saying the quarterbacks win or lose by themselves but to me it would be a step back if they go with McNabb….I just hope Brett comes back and has another AWESOME SEASON AS A TEAM……the Vikings deserve that after getting beat last year at New Orleans….And Vinnie, I agree with you about the New Orleans game especially the high/low hit that sent Favre to his knees. I guess the cost of the Super Bowl is 22,000.00 the amount of fine that defense end had to pay for the dirty hit…

  16. By Will J. on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    Vikings+Brett Favre=Superbowl

  17. By Brent M on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    I think it is foolish for Vikings management to state that they’ll wait for Favre even after training camp starts. There are 60 players on the roster, uncounted fans, hundreds of people in the organization that are counting on getting a good start this season. McNabb is very familiar with our offense and Coach Childress, I think Minn. would be lucky to get McNabb. Brett Favre was amazing in his 19th season, I loved watching him play, no doubt, I would also love to see him come back for year 20, however, I think he needs to put his team first and decide sooner than later. DO NOT LET MCNABB GO SIMPLY BECAUSE YOU’RE STILL WAITING FOR FAVRE TO DECIDE.

  18. By Dylan Ashley on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    For all you favre fans out there myself included. My only concern is would how would brett take to the news of mcnabb coming to the viks. I say pick up westbrook try to pick up a safety and an offensive lineman and then the team will be set and i can finaly drive around wisconsin with a huge Viking flag when they win the super bowl. P.S im surronded by packer fans and they all suck!!!!

  19. By Bruce on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    I think hiring Mcnabb would send the wrong message to Favre. Mcnabb has been benched as well as missed games. Favre has not missed a game in almost 20 years and played better than ALL the other younger QBs last year. We have good backup QBs and I’m pretty positive Favre will come back as long as he knows he is wanted.

  20. By malte on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    We should not take either westbroke nor mcnabb- mcnabb will not get us to the superbowl, if favre dosen’t come back, Tavaris Jackson got as good a chance as mcnabb i think. TJ knows the players, and I would rather have him, than giving up our first round pick, when i know mcnabb will not get the job done, let him finish with pride in philly, but don’t ever let the vikings get him. we need to take care of the roster in the future as well.
    But I think if we can go to superbowl with Mcnabb i cannot see why we shouldn’t be able to go with T-J then

  21. By vikings012 on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    mcnabb has only one year left on his contract so let him go to whatever team will take him for that year and will bring favre back this year he will win us a superbowl them retire because he did what he came to accomplish then next year once mcnabb is a free againt will sign him to like a 3-5 year deal and draft a good QB so that he can learn from mcnabb and be can be our future QB once mcnabb leaves and while mcnabb is a viking he will win us some more superbowls until he desides to step down and give the rings to the new QB which sat and learned our system and was taught by a good QB and will become a great QB

  22. By chuck on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    tavaris jackson won’t cut it. sage is a decent pocket passer but will he stay healthy? brett will probably come back because with him and a shored up defensive backfield and some o line backups from the draft and free agency we should roll over everyone fairly easily. but will brett stay healthy? take mcnab. my only concern is that he sometimes has a tendency to be a streak passer. i don’t think he has the composure in big games always but at 0ther times he does come through in the clutch..

  23. By Andrew P on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    We will have Brett Favre back this year to win us 14 regular season games, give us home field advantage for the playoffs, and our Super Bowl. Our Vikings are gonna run over teams this year!!!!

  24. By Reece on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    the vikings won’t pick up mcnabb cuz they know favre is coming back. they could not get him cuz he would not spend a year as a back up. they should look at westbrook and shawn andrews from the eagles. if anything, hopefully this situation forces favre to come back sooner.

  25. By catmando on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    first of all im die hard for the vikes! brett farve, i friggin love that guy but the fact of the matter is he should solidify his role or we might as well go mcnabb.
    do you really wanna see jackson run our offense? not this guy! I WELCOME THE FACT MCNABB ENTERTAINS THE IDEA OF COMEING HERE. BRETT HAS NEXT YEARAND THEN WHAT?

  26. By Viking reality check on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    Mcnabb is comparable to Romo, while Favre is comparable to Hall of Famer Quarter Backs. This is a no brainer Farve equals the most success with the vikings. I couldn’t watch Mcnabb for an entire season, that would be painful. Guys with Favre, a better left tackle,adding a CB and a Safety, plus Childress handing over the play calls to Farve & Bevell = Vikings First Superbowl win. Its a long formula but it is the only way for 2010 success.

    For all of you who support conservatism and micromangement may not get this; due to the fact that its very popular in Minnesota; just think about your past work places

  27. By Favreking on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    If McNabb doesn’t mind playing second fiddle then we would have talented depth at quarterback. If the Ironman should get debilitated, because being hurt we know doesn’t stop him, then McNabb could step in with talent and experience to continue the Super Bowl season. Ideally bring Westbrook too, and draft O- Line & D-secondary.

  28. By paul on Mar 28, 2010 | Reply

    Kind of sucks waiting on Farve to make-up his mind.

    Just might cost the Vikes a chance at a pro-bowl caliber QB. 7 years younger.

  29. By lawrence on Mar 29, 2010 | Reply

    NO NO AND AND ADAMANT NO, MCNABB, LISTEN I AM HERE IN P.A. AND THEY REALLY ARE HOPING THE VIKINGS WASTE, YES, WASTE OUR BEAUTIFUL FIRST ROUND PICK ON A OVERATED QUARTERBACK LIKE MCNABB, FIRST OFF LETS REMEMBER NOT BRUSH OVER THE LAST TWO GAMES DAG NABBIT MCNABB PLAYED, EIGHT QUARTERS OF FOOTBALL AGAINST A DIVISIONAL OPPONENET DAG NABBIT MCNABB COULD NOT SCORE A TOUCH DOWN, NOT ONE AGAINST THE COWGIRLS, WHOM DO YOU THINK THE VIKINGS WILL SEE NEXT YEAR OR THE YEAR AFTER IN THE PLAYOFFS, HMMMM, THE COWGIRLS, NOW LOOK, THIS GUY DONT HAVE THE FIRE, WHAT DID HE DO HERE HE BASICALLY, BASICALLY BLAMED THE YOUTH, LISTEN PLEASE THE YOUTH FOR HIS INABILITY TO GET A TOUCHDOWN WITH PHILLYS PLAYERS ON OFFENSE, WHAT ARE YOU TALKING ABOUT MCNABB, LISTEN WITH T JACKSON WE MADE THE PLAYOFFS WITH A HORENDOUS PASSING ATTACK, BUT JACKSON IS A MORE ACCURATE PASSER THAN DAG NABBIT, MCNABB, HE THROWS BEHIND OVERTHROWS UNDERTHROWS IF YOU WERE HERE YOU WOULD KNOW WHAT PHILLY FANS KNOW, STOP. STOP WITH THE FOOLISHNESS THIS FELLA WITHALL DUE RESPECT, OK, HAD ONE OF THE BEST OVERALL BACKS FOR A FEW YEARS IN WESTBROOK AND A TOP FLIGHT RECEIVER IN T. OWENS AND COULD NOT GET IT DONE, WE WILL MAKE THE PLAYOFFS WITH JACKSON IF IT GOES THAT WAY , BUT LOOK MR FARVE WILL COME BACK IF WE DONT PANIC AND GET THIS CASTAWAY, DONT DO IT I WILL ALMOST GUARANTEE HERE IS THE SCENARIO, WE MAKE THE PLAYOFFS SAY TEN WINS SIX LOSSES CAUSE HE AINT HAVE THE QB AS BRETT FARVE OR ELEVEN WINS AND FIVE LOSSES AND WE WILL GET SMOKED IN THE PLAYOFFS ESPECIALLY IF WE PLAY THE COWGIRLS, AND DONT THINK MCNABB WILL EVER WIN A NFC CHAMPIONSHIP GAME THAT WINDOW OF OPPORTUNITY WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER IS OVER, I AM STATING THIS NOW GET MCNABB AND HIS DAD MCREID WILL BE OVERJOYED HE PLAYED HIM OUT AND GOT A FIRST ROUND PICK CUT ME A BREAK, I WONT WATCH THE MCVIKINGS ALTHOUGH I LOVE THE REST OF THIS TEAM, AWESOME DONT BLOW IT COACH, LET IT GO, HIS DAY IS OVER, DONT REMINENCE HE IS SPENT AND PHILLY KNOWS IT, I AM NOT GOING TO WASTE MY TIME WATCHING THIS TEAM GO DOWN THE TUBES AFTERLAST SEASON BY GETTING IN THE PLAYOFFS AND GETTING BLOWNOUT BY A GUY IS IS WOREOUT, IM SURE HE WANTS TO COME HERE HIS DAD MCREID CAN READ THE HIS FUTURE IN PHILLY IS AT STAKE, IF THE VIKINGS WANT THIS GUY SO MUCH WAIT TILL AFTER, AFTER, AFTER PHILLY CUTS HIM LOOSE THEY ARE PLAYING POSSUM WITH THE LEAGUE HOPING SOMEONE WILL BLINK.

  30. By favre4ever on Mar 29, 2010 | Reply

    They can’t afford Favre and Mcnabb. Mcnabb really isn’t that great qb. He was benched 2 years ago. He doesn’t have the patietce or passion for the game as Favre does. Mcnabb will wreck the vikings. The legend will come through again.

  31. By Dwight on Mar 29, 2010 | Reply

    As Mcnabb would be an asset to the team, should Farve go I feel like Jackson has never been given a chance. He was thrown into some really harsh situations, and expected by Childress (and everyone else) to perform at the pro-caliber level he was never given the chance to progress too. Jackson, in my opinion, is the Vikings’s long-term answer at QB. He was never given a shot. He has got alot of talent, just hasn’t been given the opportunity to progress.

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