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Minnesota Vikings: Trading Donovan McNabb Makes a Lot of Sense

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 25: Donovan McNabb #5 of the Minnesota Vikings walks off the field during the game against the Detroit Lions on September 25, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Josh McCainSenior Writer IOctober 4, 2011

After losing to the lowly Kansas City Chiefs, the Minnesota Vikings are sitting at a dismal 0-4 and are starting to look like the front runners in the Andrew Luck sweepstakes.

However, this past April the Vikings drafted Christian Ponder before then giving up a sixth-round pick in 2012 to the Washington Redskins in order to acquire their current starting quarterback, Donovan McNabb.

Clearly something isn't working correctly in Minnesota, be it the coaching, play-calling, quarterback, or all of the above.

Fans and pundits are starting to get itchy trigger fingers and are calling for McNabb's benching, even though head coach Leslie Frasier has said that there will be no change at this time.

Of course, change is inevitable this season at the starting quarterback position, so why not get it over with right now?

Only once (the 1992 San Diego Chargers) has a team that started 0-4 made the playoffs, and this team won't be number two since they've yet to play their division foe Chicago Bears or Green Bay Packers (with those four games the Vikings will probably lose two), and still have one more game to play at Detroit.

Now, a lot of national writers and sports personalities have said that McNabb would not sit the bench behind Ponder and the Vikings don't have to let him.

Some point to cutting McNabb, but I think I have a better solution.

Why not trade him to the Indianapolis Colts?

The Colts seem to be holding open tryouts at the quarterback position anyway. Why not see if they can get at least a seventh-round pick for McNabb?

It's not the fourth they gave up, but it's something. I mean, after all there is no doubt that the Vikings will make the move to Ponder sooner or later.  Why not salvage something from McNabb instead of just cutting him?

After all, that's what the Redskins did.

As far as the trade making sense for Indy, they obviously don't want to be the worst team in the league and McNabb is better than trotting out Curtis Painter and Kerry Collins.  So, if the Colts would actually like to win a game this season, trading for McNabb (especially if it meant giving up only a sixth or seventh round pick) might make sense.

Now, the likelihood of this happening is slim to none, but I guarantee you one thing, by season's end Ponder will be the starter for the Vikings and McNabb will be unemployed.

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