Donovan McNabb: Latest Buzz, Rumors and Speculation

Mike BurkeCorrespondent IMay 17, 2011

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins looks on against the New York Giants on December 5, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Although there’s no free agency, no trades and no football right now, Donovan McNabb’s name has been a popular one in the news recently.

Last week, McNabb was randomly called out by boxer Bernard Hopkins for not being black enough.  Hopkins has had a beef with McNabb for quite some time.  When questioned about Michael Vick, Hopkins used it as an opportunity to beat up on McNabb.

Another former foe of McNabb’s chose to speak on the matter.  However, Rush Limbaugh came out in McNabb’s defense, discussing how McNabb has a “long line of attacks on [him] from black individuals and organizations.”

Not sure McNabb expected those comments from Limbaugh, but I’m sure he’s sick of hearing Hopkins bring up his name.

Back on the gridiron, there have also been plenty of stories involving McNabb and his future next season.

Matt Vensel of the Baltimore Sun isn’t ruling out McNabb joining the Ravens in 2011.  For this to happen, Marc Bulger, who is a free agent, would have to decide to sign somewhere else.  The Cardinals have been rumored to be interested in the veteran.

Vensel believes the market for McNabb has shrunk due to the draft.  Teams with holes at quarterback were able to address the need in the draft first rather than in free agency.  In other years, it’s been the other way around.

The market for McNabb may be so small that no team may be willing to give up anything to get him.  In this case, the Redskins would be forced to release him and he’d be able to sign with a new team at that point.

This situation would be perfect for John Beck, a current backup for the Redskins, who fully believes he’s a starter in the NFL.  Beck knows that McNabb won’t be back in Washington, and he believes it’s his time to shine.

With his own team not wanting him and his other options seeming to dwindle, you can’t help but question whether McNabb will even remain in the NFL next year.

He’s heading out of Washington on a sour note.  No team is likely to throw him a whole lot of money.  He’d like to start wherever he goes, but that may not be an option.

Things don’t appear to be looking to good for McNabb.  What do you believe is McNabb’s future for 2011?