Arizona Cardinals: Should They Make Signing Donovan McNabb Their Top Priority?

Randy HoltContributor INovember 9, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins runs 18 yards for a first down in the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Redskins defeated the Eagles 17-12.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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If it wasn't clear in Detroit, it was certainly clear when the Redskins reportedly worked out JaMarcus Russell—the relationship between Donovan McNabb and the Redskins is broken beyond repair.  

With another disaster under center on the opposite side of the country, could McNabb be playing his home games at University of Phoenix Stadium in 2011?

We all know the story.  Mike Shanahan pulled McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman against Detroit, claiming Grossman had a better knowledge of the two-minute offense and gave them the best chance to win.  As a Bears fan, I can tell you first hand that putting Grossman in for any type of situation doesn't illustrate a chance to win.  The situation exploded when Shanahan questioned McNabb's physical conditioning, and then, worked out Russell who is pushing 300 pounds.  If McNabb's out of shape, what is Russell?

While McNabb's numbers aren't exactly blowing anyone away, he doesn't have much to work with in Washington, outside of Chris Cooley.  His quarterback rating of 76 is mostly due to his inability to find the end zone this season.  He's also been sacked 22 times, including six against the Lions.  Santana Moss and Anthony Armstrong aren't exactly Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston.

On the Cardinals side, they've played both Derek Anderson and Max Hall, and neither have been very impressive.  Anderson stole the starting job from Matt Leinart, who signed with the Texans after his release but struggled mightily early on.  His first five starts included quarterback ratings of 42 and 23, before he was eventually pulled in favor of Hall.

Hall, an undrafted free agent from BYU, wasn't much better for the Cards.  He showed toughness in his start against the Saints, he failed to find the end zone, though the Cardinals did go on to win the game, mostly due to their defense.  Hall's popularity died down quickly, after a 4-16 performance against a mediocre Seattle squad, followed by two more interceptions against Tampa Bay.

While Anderson is the starter for the foreseeable future, following decent games against the Bucs and Vikings, neither presents a long term solution for Arizona.  Enter Donovan McNabb.  With Washington virtually out of the picture for 2011, there are two highly possible destinations for him—Minnesota and Arizona.

Minnesota has been mentioned numerous times as a possible home for McNabb, mostly due to his relationship with head coach Brad Childress, who is the former quarterbacks' coach of the Eagles.  With the mind games from Brett Favre, the Vikings were never able to make a play for McNabb, leading to the trade to Washington.  However, the uncertainty surrounding Childress' job security, along with Minnesota appearing ready to go with Tavaris Jackson, the Vikings could be slipping out of the picture.

This really only leaves one destination for McNabb with Arizona.  Not only is McNabb a resident of the Phoenix area, but he could relish a chance to throw the ball to Fitzgerald and Breaston, which would be, arguably, the best receiving tandem of his career.  A move to the NFC West could also mean a huge boost in stats for McNabb, which appears to be the only reason the Cardinals in the running for a top ten draft pick.  It's not the type of signing that would take Arizona back to the Super Bowl, but it could launch them back to the top of their division.