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Vikings, McNabb Part Ways

Posted by Mike Wobschall on December 1, 2011 – 3:26 pm

The Vikings and Donovan McNabb agreed to the veteran QB’s release on Thursday.

“I had a discussion with him and we both agreed mutually that this was the best decision for both parties,” Vikings Head Coach Leslie Frazier said on Thursday. “He was and has been a great player for our league for a long, long time. I have a lot of affection and love for Donovan. A tremendous person and a tremendous competitor, and we really wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors. He did a good job for us here. He really helped our young quarterbacks. He did a good job in a lot of ways.”

McNabb is a 13-year NFL veteran who joined the Vikings at the end of this past July. In 6 games as the Vikings starter, McNabb completed 60.3% of his passes for 1,026 yards with 4 TDs and 2 INTs. He was replaced as the team’s starter before a Week 7 matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

McNabb spent the first 11 seasons of his career with the Philadelphia Eagles after being selected with the #2 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft. Following his final year in Philadelphia in 2009, McNabb was traded to the Washington Redskins in April of 2010 and played one season there before being dealt to the Vikings.


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72 Responses to “Vikings, McNabb Part Ways”

  1. By Parody on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    There it is!

    I knew all I had to do was call you out on it. Sure enough, the article showed up within the hour!

  2. By CaribooBill on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Will the Vikings get some sort of compensatory pick if he is claimed on waivers?

  3. By Vikingsfan on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    No they will not get anything from another team unless the team offer something

  4. By GM on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Making room to pick up Testaverde for that “experience at the quarterback position” LMAO!!

    I truly hope that the days of the Vikings signing old quarterbacks every two years is over so our offense can develop and become a consistent force.

  5. By Vikingsfan on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    We can focus on Ponder now

  6. By GM on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    They will get the same thing they got out of Sidney, T-Jack, Ben Lieber, re-Moss, etc.

  7. By steveo on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder sucks, your def sucks, lf sucks, bm sucks aka oc. Vikings suck period! I hope mcnabb gets picked up by the bears, shoves it down you idiot throats

  8. By GM on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    I bet Houston signs McNaab. McNaab, Andre, and Arian to the Suoerbowl.

  9. By GM on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Steveo, can I borrow your lines sometime? They’re SICK man!!!

  10. By ponderfan7 on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    lol viking haters on a viking website thanks for taking your time too check out are page guys :) u must be hardcore viking fans

  11. By Parody on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you Dr. Steveo. It must have taken some deep thinking to come to those conclusions.

    Tell me…

    Did all that thinking give you a headache?

  12. By wacky on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    PONDER SUCKS JUST AS BAD!!!!!

  13. By DesertViking on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    I’m sure Ponder playing at the same level that Mcnaab was playing, who is considered a future hall of fame candidate, really makes Ponder suck.

  14. By PuRpLe n' GoLd on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    all of you non vikings fans need to go take a hike, all of your comments are completely immature and irrelevant.

  15. By VikesfaninCT on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    How can you guys say Ponder sucks, he seems to be getting better each week and for him to keep the team in last week without AD or a decent receiving core…not to mention a terrible line…he’s not a great talent, but at least he’s young and gives the Vikes a chance to build

  16. By PURPLE HORNET on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    GIVE IT A COUPLE YEARS WE WILL BE BACK IN THE HUNT FOR A SB…WOULDNT EXPECT GREATNESS NEXT YEAR EITHER…2014 IS THE YEAR….

  17. By Troutdaddy on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    McNabbster is no more. Props to him for all of the great football he played. Can’t deny the guy his props as he was and is a football icon- just not for the Vikes. Ponder is going to continue to learn and grow and someday he will have the same legacy as he will be an amazing QB. Now, if we can just focus on figuring out how to make all of the other stuff work, that will be great. Looking forward to see how we finish the last 5 games and how we rebuild to become the purple people-eaters we once were.

  18. By Brandonthevike on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Hope whoever picks him up has receivers that catch by their feet, because that’s all Ive seen from him this whole year. My thoughts were the players should put a picture of shoes right where their numbers normally are, and all of a sudden Mcnabb would be the most accurate QB in the nfl!

  19. By Brandonthevike on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    “Ponder sucks as bad”

    Most intelligent post on this page. *blatant sarcasm*

    I don’t know how you can’t be impressed with him, judging our horrible oline and lack of any receivers minus PH. Give the kid some oline help, and a deep threat and he will blossom into a good (if not great) nfl quarterback.

  20. By Viking Joe on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    No compensatory picks, but if a team signs McNabb the Vikings save 1.4 million, if some team signs him.

  21. By vikings4seven on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    just imagine the couple of extra players that could be on this team right now actually contributing with the amount of money management has wasted on Favre, berrian, and mcnabb.

  22. By Purple Jedi on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Smoke and mirrors? I think so – it seems to me the Vikings just need to do it right the first time mainly with making ‘quality blocks’.

    Blockers maybe need to execute a little more BALANCE, AWARENESS, and FOCUS in order to right away block more effectively and correctly. Do this then everything else is much easier to do. Stable quality blocks helps us achieve our visions better and prevents the need for a QB to run for his life and risk making a bad play. Better upfront blocking also enables RB (Adrian) to get past his first hurdles more frequently. Our defense would be on the field less and its secondary would be less of a concern. But if we continue to not focus on blocking well then we’ll continue with misses and turnovers. It won’t matter who the QB is or how interesting our formations are – poor quality blocking is a recipe for silly disasters.

  23. By ironvike on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    About time!!

  24. By Mike B. on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    You can’t argue the decision to take McNabb. We had a extremely shortened preseason and we only had Ponder, Webb, and TJack on the roster. TJack was going to go, so there wasn’t a whole ton of experience at QB. McNabb trade made sense. I can’t argue with the decision,but the results were less than spectacular.

  25. By craig on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    i think the coaching need to do a better job you gave up a 5th roundpick for donavon and nknow you get nothing you should have tried to trade him and get either a 5th or 6th round pick for him.

  26. By radzinwisconsin on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    McBounce your way out of town! Go be the last guy in and first guy out elsewhere! Hey i bought your jersey and have not worn it since week 4!!!

  27. By VegasVike on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    At least Leslie saw the light! That’s the good news, the bad news is the life was already sucked out of the team. I don’t know if it was arrogance of the coaches and owners that created this situation or what but it sure wrecked the 2011 Viking ship.
    Waive McKinnie?
    Keep McFlabb?
    Keep Berrian?
    Let Sid go?
    All mistakes

  28. By Viking Joe on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Rice only had one good year and that was because of Favre, he is too injury prone, I am glad the Vikings parted ways with him, he hasn’t done squat in Seattle.he’s fragile.

  29. By Viking Joe on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    That being said, I hope the Vikings get a good WR in the draft, there are many in the upcoming draft class.

  30. By Alex on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    In my personal opinion i think it was a big mistake to let McNabb go. Ponder was learning from McNabb he is a good teacher now it is time to find a nether vet to help Ponder grow. I think Manning will be available this upcoming free agency. Go get a vet WR, and go get a vet QB to help train Ponder.

  31. By Viking Joe on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    I could see a seasoned QB mentoring Ponder.

  32. By Viking Joe on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Vegas, I do agree with you regarding McKinnie, they should have kept him, he’s doing good with Baltimore.

  33. By KLAWZ on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    All i got to say… about time! Huge mistake to pick him up in the first place….. he was done when he left Philly!!

  34. By Twoodsnvikes on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Should have done this about 3 weeks ago but hey save us some money anyways

  35. By greatirishpotatofamine on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    and stay out!

  36. By CanadianVF on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    I’m glad McKinnie is gone, good riddance he was just going through the motions the last couple of years. Looks like they made the right call on Sidney, he is done for the season because of another concussion. But we really need to replace him with a good young talent from the draft.

  37. By Puckertrucker on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    @Steveo:
    Hey Steveo I don’t know if anyone else picked up on this but you soundjust like Cali Packers Fan in disquise. If you are Cali Packers Fan stuff your comments in your ear.

  38. By klwedge on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Fux u steveo you sweet butter meltin Lame

  39. By klwedge on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Im speaking for all of us vikings fans Hey stevoe u sure do pay us alot of mind so seems to me you are sweeting our young QB somthing that go’s over your head is the fact your completly controdicting your self at a high level looser as a fan thats what u are mastering right about now u r unloyal nothingness get out u r not welcome here…

  40. By Puckertrucker on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    To The Vikes and Fans:

    It took only 11 weeks to get rid of a bad QB and it only took 5 weeks to ruin the Vikes season, I don’t know how you can praise Frazier for getting rid of McScabb when he should never have traded for him in the first place. He was a has been when Philly let him go. We should have used Joe Webb from the start he has some very good skills at QB at least He could have won 2 or 3 games before they put Ponder in, I mean C. Ponder is a good QB for as long as he has been playing and he will improve he just needs more playing time Ponder didn’t have the Luxury of sitting behind Farve the way A. Rogers of the cheese squeeze team had, what a 3 or 4 year learning curve before he started for the packers, No-wonder he was good when he started all he did was sit on his butt and learn defenses and his team didn’t have to dig themselves out of a hole like the Vikes had to do. Thanks to Fraziers bad decission to get McScabb and than let him play for 5 1/2 weeks before they put Ponder in a very tough game to begin his career no wonder He’s a little lost out there he doesn’t have all the Luxuries Rogers had.

    The one and only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!

  41. By Puckertrucker on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    To The Vikes and Fans:

    It took only 11 weeks to get rid of a bad QB and it only took 5 weeks to ruin the Vikes season, I don’t know how you can praise Frazier for getting rid of McScabb when he should never have traded for him in the first place. He was a has been when Philly let him go. We should have used Joe Webb from the start he has some very good skills at QB at least He could have won 2 or 3 games before they put Ponder in, I mean C. Ponder is a good QB for as long as he has been playing and he will improve he just needs more playing time Ponder didn’t have the Luxury of sitting behind Farve the way A. Rogers of the cheese squeeze team had, what a 3 or 4 year learning curve before he started for the packers, No-wonder he was good when he started all he did was sit on his butt and learn defenses and his team didn’t have to dig themselves out of a hole like the Vikes had to do. Thanks to Fraziers bad decission to get McScabb and than let him play for 5 1/2 weeks before they put Ponder in a very tough game to begin his career no wonder He’s a little lost out there he doesn’t have all the Luxuries Rogers had.

    The one and only PuckerTrucker!!!!!!!!

  42. By PackersTrollThisBlogToo on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Remember when packers Fanboys have nothing else to do they Troll and they Troll HARD. They come from every direction and in packs with various names.

  43. By VegasVike on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    To have request to be waived does not bode well for Fraiser…. Sounds like he didn’t have the cojones to cut him, that’s not the kind of “heart” that wins games and builds team spirit.

  44. By mcmike on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Clearly both QB’s Mcnabb wasn’t and Ponder isn’t up to running the Vikings’ offense with one weeks preparation for opponents. They should have been platooned, thereby gaining 7 more days to prepare.

  45. By Woodboat on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    Rodgers had a good receiving corps his first year, and didn’t look too bad. They had a pretty good defense that year, as I recall. They didn’t win the division… why? Because their O-Line was horrible (ring any bells?) Now they have one of the better lines in the league, and (OH MY GOSH) Rodgers has the time to sit back and pick apart defenses with the aid of his quality receivers.

    There isn’t ANYONE that can tell what sort of QB Ponder is going to turn out to be based upon what we’ve seen. The O-Line is giving him what, 3 steps before the defense is on him? Quit begging for a receiver that won’t have time to get downfield before his QB gets sacked. Our WRs don’t stink… our Line does.

    PS. So does the top end of our coaching staff.

  46. By Woodboat on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    I wonder what happened that McNabb got released. He wasn’t going to play for the Vikes again, but I thought he was supposedly helping the young guys out. Maybe the coaching staff overheard him telling CP and Webb “Hey, don’t listen to those idiots. They aren’t going to be here next year anyway. They’ll be lucky to be coaching div 2 ball next year…”

  47. By Woodboat on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    ACK!!!!

    IT ISN’T THE QBs NOR IS IT THE WRs FAULT THIS OFFENSE DOESN’T WORK!!!! NO ONE IS SUCCESSFUL AT THIS LEVEL WITHOUT AN O LINE AND WE DON’T FREAKIN HAVE ONE!!! Please stop bashing the QBs, WRs, RBs…. it all starts up front and our “up front” is one of the worst in football.

  48. By Woodboat on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    @ VegasVike….

    I wonder when Frasier will “request to be waived”, officially. I mean, this season is a “reason to be waived”, assuredly…

  49. By Frederick Jones on Dec 1, 2011 | Reply

    @ Derrick G, Dave, TheRealDon, Mike B., Bill, Tyler Harris, Lou Betts, Dionte, and PuckerTrucker,

    You guys are great but we are not seeing much HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER
    action are we?

    I am not getting paid to do this! lol So I am not forming a club.

    My predictions for next years draft….drum roll:

    1st Round…Defensive Tackle
    2nd Round…Wide Receiver
    3rd Round…Running Back
    4th Round….Linebacker
    5th Round…Defensive Back
    6th Round…Quarterback
    7th Round…Offensive Lineman

    Apparently that is what you all want, plus that is what you will get.
    Complaining about the Coaches or Players WON’T DO DIDDLEY.

    “HEAR ME NAA AND BELIEVE ME LATOR!” (The correct spelling is lator!)
    Arnold Swartzenegger

  50. By Nicholas on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    @ Fred

    If our draft is that lame next year, I will quit watching football until we HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER!!!!!!!!!!! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!

  51. By thatissomeBS on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Frederick: If our draft is that bad next year, I might not be a Viking fan. Of course, without a new stadium, who knows if I get to be a Viking fan regardless…

  52. By Derrick.G on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Lets hire a gm. Someone who will stand up and say, boom we need the big men up front to make the big plays downfield! A GENERAL MANAGER COULD FIX THIS TEAM IN TWO YEARS!

  53. By Randy Hill on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Now all you need is a Stadium, a GM, a Coach, and a Team.

  54. By Gary on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    “Ya gotta know when to hold ‘em and know when to fold ‘em”. A talent not yet mastered by the Vikes as evidenced by their timing with respect to players. You also gotta know when and if to draft them and how to fold ‘em by trading rather than releasing them and getting nothing more in return than some salary relief. Refer to: McKinnie, Madieu Williams, Naufadu Tahi, Berrian, McNabb, Tyrell Johnson, Cedric Griffin, Chris Cook, Michael Jenkins, Cullen Loeffler, Jon Cooper, Nate Triplett, Ross Homan, Colt Anderson, Emmanuel Arceneaux, Chris DeGeare, Jaymar Johnson, Juaquin Iglesias, Cord Parks, Jasper Brinkley, Scott Koositra, Ryan Cook, Charles Johnson, Toby Gerhardt, Husain Abdullah, Remi Ayodele, Jimmy Kennedy, Ray Edwards, Tarvaris Jackson, Hank Basket, and the list goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on and on

  55. By Jake on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    opposing offenses score on us at will! That is where we need to start. a good kicker can win a game 3-0 if your defense is shutdown. whoever is responsible for our current d back situation should be fired.period. o-line is second priority… Ponder is hit before he can even set. Clean house and start from scratch! Has k williams even showed up to play this year?

  56. By sandiamond on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    What a beautiful Friday! Mcnabb gone, no titus predictions,personnel active on the waiver wires and my two fav safeties starting this Sunday! Raymond & Sanford

  57. By Paulthehockeyguy on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    If McSlab is such a great guy, why didn’t he waive his no-trade clause & let the Vikes shop him around to see if they could have got anything for him?

  58. By vikeforever on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    wow, McNabb came with a no trade clause? All those teams would have lined up for a washed up QB that he is the only one who believes he has something…so good luck Donavan in making new friends. Also, if we are sucessful in the draft and that means to hire a GM then I am on board. We are no longer a team that is one or two players away that we can go and get aged veterans past their prime so we must rely on the draft
    to build on what we have…GO VIkes

  59. By Justin F on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb looked good in purple, but that was about it. He made no difference on the field. It’s pretty sad that he was the one that had to ask for his release and not the Vikings. That goes to show how lazy our management really is.

  60. By Parody on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    What good did his release do for us? He was a classy player, who provided his veteran experience and insight to Ponder in between drives.

    Yea, he didn’t help us win. But he did help groom Ponder in his rookie year. The release opened up a spot on the roster for a guy who will be off the team next year. I doubt it’s going to have any positive effect for the team.

  61. By PURPLEBLOOD on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    FIRST OF ALL , GM& STEVIA, your names should be dumb and stupid because you two IDIOTS

  62. By PURPLEBLOOD on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    are on another teams blog with your brainless cracks , what you two looking for some man love ? dang freaks ! GO VIKES !

  63. By PURPLEBLOOD on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    HEY GARY , NAIL ON THE HEAD YOU JUST HIT IT THAT KIND OF TURNOVER IN PERSONNEL SAY’S SOMETHING ABOUT OUR DRAFTING AND F/A STRATEGIES , IT ‘S NOT WORKING ! COME ON VIKES GET YOUR SHYTT TOGETHER !

  64. By Frank on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Next years Draft

    rd1 K
    rd2 P
    rd3 TE
    rd4 FB
    rd5 nothing
    rd6 RB
    rd7 QB

    I Wouldnt be surprised hire a general manager

  65. By BleedPURPLE on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    The vikes will rise again…enough said.

  66. By Viking Joe on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Frank must be a packer backer.

  67. By George on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    We NEED deep Ball threat Wide Receivers!!!!!

  68. By Realskol4life on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    Aromashudu has big play talent but hasn’t gotten the opportunities…Maybe Joe Webb can make a play or too as he gets more reps at WR.

  69. By Derrick.G on Dec 2, 2011 | Reply

    The good teams never substitute their playmakers, Greg Jennings is ALWAYS on the field, Harvin is HARDLY on the field all the time.

    HIRE A GENERAL MANAGER

  70. By gubber on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    That’s a definite good start to rebuilding. One geezer down, several to go. If I were Viking management I wouldn’t have AP doing anthing more dangerous than stepping off a curb between now and next training camp, making sure he’s 100 % healthy.
    Next would be a call to Eagles management to inquire if they’d be interested in Jared’s services. With the Eagles in the dumper and the heat on in Philly, someone with Jared’s abilty and character would probably be an very inticing prospect. It could certainly help us by getting us at least a couple of high draft picks since the Eagles are going to be top 10 in the draft this year. Another possible move would be as I mentioned before moving Shiancoe. There are teams out there needing a good tight end and Visanthe still has some tread on the tire so move him while he still has definite value. Watched a lot of YouTube on Matt Kalil and this kid’s the real deal !!! Terrifically strong, great footwork and quick, stays square to his opponent and keeps his head up and on a swivel to pass off from one rusher to another. Is a great run blocker who really turns his opponent well. Hopefully St. Louis can win another game and we move up to second spot in the draft. He’s not a sexy pick, but is just a stud.

  71. By Bigfan1 on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    I don’t get Frazier’s move with Mcnabb, a seasoned championship level and possibly HOF QB who in the first few games led the Vikes to lopsided leads, then of course it unravelled. Why not just keep him around until the end of the season, Mcnabb has a much better playing history than Rosenfels. I guess Mcnabb wanted out, of course nobody really knows.

  72. By Viking33 on Dec 3, 2011 | Reply

    I can kind of understand Frazier’s move to get McNabb – He thought he had something left in the tank (You really can’t tell in Washington and Shanahanigans system) – But quickly everyone saw he had nothing left – and now after he is released and did his little interview tour telling everyone how great he is still…..well I wonder if he now knows what everyone else knows? As I am writing this LSU’s Claiborne picks off Georgia and takes it for 6 – Wouldn’t mind seeing that guy in a little Darker shade of Purple and Gold!!

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