NFL Trade Rumors: The Latest Buzz Surrounding Donovan McNabb

Kraig LundbergAnalyst IIIJune 6, 2011

NFL Trade Rumors: The Latest Buzz Surrounding Donovan McNabb

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5  of the Washington Redskins on the sidelines against play against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    One of the NFL's best quarterbacks over the past 13 seasons, Donovan McNabb will forever be remembered as a legend in Philadephia.

    But since the Eagles replaced McNabb with the resurrected Michael Vick and traded him to the Washington Redskins, his game—along with his reputation—took a nosedive.  Much like Brett Favre, McNabb could retire with a sour taste in his mouth despite having a remarkable career.

    However, with a little bit of gas left in the tank, McNabb has the opportunity to go out with a bang.

    There are several NFL teams in desperate need of a veteran quarterback presence, and if the aging gunslinger can pull himself together, he could redeem himself.

    For that to happen, however, someone will have to pull the trigger on a once-elite player that has now become a major question mark.

    Here is the latest on which teams might give McNabb one last shot.

    Sources: ESPN.com, firstregime.com, NFLtraderumors.co

Washington Redskins

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    JACKSONVILLE, FL - DECEMBER 26:  Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Washington Redskins watches the action during the game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at EverBank Field on December 26, 2010 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images
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    First, we'll start with the obvious.

    McNabb was traded within the division to new coach Mike Shanahan and the Redskins, where he started out pretty well and actually beat his former team in week 4.

    But after that, it was all downhill.

    McNabb posted more interceptions (15) than touchdown passes (14), and a frustrated Shanahan benched him in Week 15 in favor of the mercurial Rex Grossman (and the mercury has generally been low for Grossman since his Super Bowl appearance).

    Despite what seemed to be a strained relationship between McNabb and Shanahan, the Redskins may not be able to afford losing their veteran signal-caller; without him, many believe Washington will end up drafting first in the 2012 NFL Draft.

    As unlikely as it is, the 'Skins could still end up attempting to retain McNabb in hopes that he would help them avoid a painfully long season.

Arizona Cardinals

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    SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 2:  Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals catches a touchdown against the San Francisco 49er during an NFL game at Candlestick Park on January 2, 2011 in San Francisco, California.(Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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    Although they are one of the first teams mentioned when Donovan McNabb is the topic of conversation, the Arizona Cardinals are one of his least likely landing spots in reality.

    Recently an article from the Arizona Republic was released stating the hometown Cardinals would not be interested in signing McNabb.

    Instead, it is widely speculated that Kevin Kolb of the Eagles and Marc Bulger of the Ravens are the two quarterbacks Arizona is most interested in.

    That being said, Kolb was the back-up for McNabb in recent years and Bulger's career has been in a downward spiral for some time now.  McNabb might end up being their best option.

    With talented receivers such as Larry Fitzgerald, Steve Breaston and Early Doucet not being effectively utilized, head coach Ken Wisenhunt and the Cards would do themselves well to get a veteran to keep the ship afloat.

    If they are not able to secure Kolb or Bulger, McNabb may be Arizona's only option.

Seattle Seahawks

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    SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 02:  Head coach Pete Carroll of the Seattle Seahawks talks with quarterback Charlie Whitehurst #6 during their game against the St. Louis Rams at Qwest Field on January 2, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty
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    Veteran Matt Hasselbeck may be done in Seattle, and if so, the Seahawks may look into signing Donovan McNabb.

    While this would be a somewhat parallel move, if Pete Carroll and staff like what McNabb still has to offer, they may be willing to let Hasselbeck go.

    Seattle seems fairly content with current back-up Charlie Whitehurst taking the reigns if Hasselbeck does not return, so this isn't a likely landing spot for McNabb either. 

    However, if they feel McNabb can produce while Whitehurst learns the ropes for another year, they may take a chance.

     

Minnesota Vikings

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA - DECEMBER 28:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings runs against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field on December 26, 2010 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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    After the Minnesota Vikings reached for former Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder at No. 12 overall, this situation can be perceived a couple different ways.

    On one hand, you could assume that the Vikings, otherwise a play-off caliber team, are willing to let Ponder, Joe Webb and Tarvaris Jackson duke it out for the starting quarterback position.

    On the other hand, you could see the Vikings signing a veteran quarterback to keep them from hitting rock bottom while Ponder waits in the wings.

    Personally, I see the Vikings showing at least moderate interest in signing Donovan McNabb.

    The past two years have shown that the organization is not afraid to sign aging quarterbacks, and while you may think the Vikings would've learned their lesson, sometimes teams have tendencies that don't go away.

    While that may not be a tendency of the Vikings, the fact remains that they need a quality starter to have a successful 2011 season.

    McNabb may find it easier to be effective with a strong runner like Adrian Peterson holding defenses' attention, and Sidney Rice (assuming he is re-signed), Percy Harvin and Visanthe Shiancoe would most likely welcome another veteran throwing arm.

Cincinnati Bengals

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    NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 28:  A.J. Green, #4 overall pick by the Cincinnati Bengals, holds up a jersey after he was drafted during the 2011 NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall on April 28, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)
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    With the fourth pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, the Cincinnati Bengals chose Georgia stand-out receiver AJ Green.

    But with all signs pointing to Carson Palmer wanting nothing to do with the Bengals organization in 2011, head coach Marvin Lewis, who is already on thin ice, lacks a quality quarterback to throw to his newly acquired stud.

    Based on that alone, you have to think the Bengals will be interested in McNabb's services.

    Green would provide McNabb a target more talented than he's had at his disposal than anyone since Terrell Owens and DeSean Jackson, and Cedric Benson would allow McNabb a little breathing room to be a game manager rather than a constant play-maker.

    Cincinnati may prove to be a solid place for McNabb to finish his career.

Tennessee Titans

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    KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 26:  Quarterback Kerry Collins #5 of the Tennessee Titans in action during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 26, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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    A wild off-season for the Tennessee Titans organization was highlighted by a coaching change and the release of a franchise quarterback.

    When long-time head coach Jeff Fisher and former top-five pick Vince Young couldn't get along, the Titans were forced to pick one or the other.

    Instead, owner Bud Adams decided to clean house and get rid of both.

    Now that the they've chosen their quarterback of the future in Washington product Jake Locker, the Titans may be interested in signing a veteran to show Locker the ropes and ready him to be a NFL starter.

    Even though Kerry Collins is already on the roster, he didn't perform to the level they had hoped in 2010.

    Bringing in McNabb to manage the game and be an occasional play-maker to complement Chris Johnson may be just what the Titans need—and just what McNabb needs.