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NFL Trades: Donovan McNabb Trade to Minnesota Vikings a Done Deal

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05: Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins throws a pass against the New York Giants on December 5, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 31-7.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Nate ScacciaAnalyst IIIJuly 27, 2011

The Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a trade with the Washington Redskins for quarterback Donovan McNabb. The Vikings will give up 2012 and 2013 sixth-round picks for McNabb.

Donovan McNabb's style of play will mesh with Minnesota perfectly. McNabb played a similar style of football in Philadelphia under Andy Reid. McNabb is currently 34 years old, so the idea of another "Bret Favre" is floating around the Vikings fan base.

McNabb will be expected to compete against Christian Ponder for the starting quarterback job. In Washington, McNabb threw for 3,377 yards, 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. McNabb was playing in a new system and also playing under a coach unfamiliar with the Washington Redskins.

I expect McNabb to fit in well in Minnesota, and if Sidney Rice returns, he could have a great year. Let's also not forget that the Vikings have one of the top running backs in the league in Adrian Peterson, so McNabb shouldn't be expected to carry the team on his back. Second year backup running back Toby Gerhart should also help out the offense.

I expect McNabb to throw for around 3,000 yards with 15 touchdowns and 7 interceptions. That, of course, depends on whether Sidney Rice returns to the Vikings.

McNabb is a six-time Pro Bowler and has played 12 seasons in the NFL.

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