Why The Minnesota Vikings Should Trade For Donovan McNabb

Nick SignorelliSenior Writer IApril 1, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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The Minnesota Vikings were a few plays away from playing against the Indianapolis Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. It was a poor decision late in the fourth quarter by Brett Favre that cost the Vikings the chance at a late field goal, to prevent the game from even going into overtime.

Favre is known for making amazing plays, but also for untimely interceptions that cost his team games, and this time, a possible championship.

There is no question that Brett Favre has been an amazing player over the course of his career. But over the last few years, which ever team he has played for, being the Packers, Jets and now Vikings, each team has had to endure an off season of, "is he, or isn't he going to retire?"

As the Vikings are in the middle of this year's version, what is going to happen IF Favre does decide to call it a career?

The Vikings would go from Super Bowl contenders, to a team that most think will be lucky to make it to the playoffs.

Is Favre worth it?

If you have no other options, then he absolutely is. There are not many high quality players that are available in the NFL at the hardest position to fill.

But, right now, there IS an option. And his name is Donovan McNabb.

The reality is, the Philadelphia Eagles NEED to trade McNabb. And they know it. Andy Ried has basically been backed into a corner, and his only "out" to this situation for him, is for McNabb to not be in an Eagles uniform next year.

If the Vikings were to trade for McNabb, then there would be no need for the Favre headache Vikings fans are going to have to endure.

Not only that, this will open the window of opportunity more, being that McNabb is not talking about retirement, and you wont have to wonder if this is your last chance at a Super Bowl Championship.

The Cost?

Reid has stated that he wants a pick in the top 42 of the draft. For the Vikings to trade the only pick they have in the first 42, it would cost them their first round pick.

Personally, if I were the Vikings, I would jump on this. 

But there is a better solution.

Trade your second and fourth round picks to the Eagles. That would give the Eagles two-second round picks, and two-fourth round picks. That is PLENTY of ammunition to trade even back into the first round if they would like.

SO, what to do with Favre? (if I could label only this part of the article HUMOR, I would love to)

Trade his rights to the Green Bay Packers for their seventh round pick in the 2098 draft. That would force Favre to either retire now, with the Packers, like he should, or make him ride the bench in favor of Aaron Rogers, like he should have, two years ago.

If the Vikings decide they want to play the Favre waiting game, and it does not play out like they hope it will, it could cost them the chance of a Super Bowl.