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How would McNabb look in green and white?
Though Manning may be out of the picture, another former Pro Bowl quarterback is not. Donovan McNabb is very much available.
Interest in him has waned since leaving Philadelphia, but his struggles are entirely justifiable. In Washington he had one receiver worthy of playing in the NFL (Santana Moss) and one of the league's worst offensive lines. He also had to learn a new system for the first time in 11 years.
He then moved on to Minnesota, where he played with arguably a worse group of receivers and a rapidly declining offensive line. Despite putting up respectable stats, he was benched in six games for rookie Christian Ponder, who clearly wasn't any better, since the Vikings went 3-13.
You're telling me this guy is done? You try playing quarterback for the Vikings or Redskins—it's not an easy task.
The point is the player who led the Eagles for so many years is still in there. Quarterbacks simply don't drop off like this because of age. Unless there is an underlying reason like injury, McNabb should be able to bounce back on the right team.
McNabb's conditioning has always been questionable, and it has only gotten worse with age. That is the biggest risk in signing him at this point, but if the Jets can get him to put down the pasta he could really help them next year.
McNabb's gregarious personality has always allowed him to endear himself to younger quarterbacks on the roster. Guys like Kevin Kolb and AJ Feeley have sat behind him and gone on to become starters (although in fairness, not very good ones) somewhere else. He is one of the few guys the Jets could bring in to both compete with and mentor Mark Sanchez.
If that's what the Jets are looking for, they may have found their guy.