NFL Trade Rumors: Donovan McNabb Dealt to the Vikings for 6th-Round Pick

Orly Rios Jr.Analyst IIJuly 27, 2011

Donovan McNabb will be wearing purple next season after being dealt to the Minnesota Vikings.
Donovan McNabb will be wearing purple next season after being dealt to the Minnesota Vikings.Larry French/Getty Images

Just two years ago, Donovan McNabb was the face of the franchise for the Philadelphia Eagles.

McNabb led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance. The best of a lackluster 1999 quarterback draft class that was compared to the 1983 quarterback class that included Hall of Fame quarterbacks Dan Marino, Jim Kelly and John Elway, McNabb turned into a Hall of Fame player himself.

Feeling that McNabb had matched his potential in Philadelphia and with Michael Vick and Kevin Kolb waiting in the wings, McNabb was dealt to the Washington Redskins.

One year later, McNabb is on to his third team in less than three seasons.

According to Mike Jones of the Washington Post, on Tuesday night, the Redskins and Vikings agreed in principle to trade McNabb to Minnesota for a sixth-round pick in 2012 and a conditional pick in 2013. The deal is pending a new contractual agreement between McNabb and the Vikings.

If the deal goes through, McNabb will follow in the footsteps of Hall of Fame quarterback Brett Favre, who, two years ago, had Minnesota on the brink of a Super Bowl appearance.

For the Redskins, the move allows them to explore free-agent options at quarterback to fill out their depth chart behind John Beck, who strongly believes he will be the starter.

In the end, McNabb moving to Minnesota may be the best move for him. With the Vikings, he has a bona fide Pro Bowl running back in Adrian Peterson and a solid wide receiver in Percy Harvin. Should the Vikings re-sign free agent Sidney Rice, McNabb would have two solid wideouts to work with alongside a superstar running back, luxuries he did not have in Washington.