NFL Draft 2011: Washington Redskins' Pass on Gabbert Could Mean Plans for McNabb

Josh McCainSenior Writer IApril 29, 2011

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 12:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins passes against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers  at FedExField on December 12, 2010 in Landover, Maryland. The Buccaneers defeated the Redskins 17-16. (Photo by Larry French/Getty Images)
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Full disclosure here: I am totally reaching on this one, and when the second round of the 2011 NFL Draft in over, I could look completely foolish.

With that said, however, last night's developments with the Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings have got me wondering.

A lot of people out there were sure that the Redskins wanted Blaine Gabbert, and would in fact trade up to get him.

Also, many of those same people think that a deal between the Redskins and Minnesota Vikings for quarterback Donovan McNabb is all but done and just waiting for the NFL to allow teams to make player trades.

However, with the No. 10 pick of the draft, Blaine Gabbert was available, and the Redskins traded away that pick to the Jacksonville Jaguars for their No. 16 pick and No. 49 pick (round 2).

Then with the No.12 pick, the Vikings took quarterback Christian Ponder.

Granted, the Vikings drafting a quarterback doesn't mean that they wouldn't want an accomplished veteran like McNabb to help bring the kid along, but it does raise my eyebrow a bit.

As of right now, NFL teams are not allowed to speak with free agents or trade players until Monday.  Of course, that could all change if the owners win their appeal in order to continue the lock-out.

However, if you think that teams aren't talking to one another about trades, then you're foolish.

Maybe (and this is pure speculation on my part) the Vikings and Redskins discussed Donovan McNabb and either the talks broke down (the Redskins wanting too much for the veteran), or maybe the Redskins didn't want to deal McNabb.

From the conclusion of the 2010 season, it appeared that McNabb was on the outs with Coach Mike Shanahan. 

Just about every analyst has said that McNabb will either be traded or released before the season begins.

Now I'm not saying this won't happen, but in all reality, the trading of McNabb and the fall-out between the QB and head coach is all just speculation as well.

Both McNabb and Shanahan play things pretty close to the vest, and neither have really commented on the QB's standing with the Redskins.

In fact, the only word on it from either side was from McNabb near the end of the season, saying that he'll be a Redskin next season.

This isn't written in stone of course, but I remind you that McNabb is under contract, whereas season ending starter Rex Grossman is not.

I said this last year, but with Rex starting the last three games, it could have been a try-out for him.  Regardless of how offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan feels about Grossman, Mike Shanahan won't keep him around if he feels he can't win with him.

Once again, I'm just speculating here, but if McNabb was under center for the burgundy and gold next season, I wouldn't be too surprised.

Honestly, I'll add more weight to my speculation if the Skins don't take a quarterback in the second round.

Both Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallet and TCU QB Andy Dalton are still available and could fall to the Skins at the No. 41 and No. 49 picks.  

If they pass on either with both picks, I'll really start to wonder if McNabb is on his way out or not.

With Shanahan I expect the unexpected, so depending on what the Redskins do in the second round, the off-season could get very interesting.

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