Chicago Bears: Why They Need to Sign Donovan McNabb

Michael GibbonsCorrespondent IIDecember 4, 2011

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Donovan McNabb #5 Minnesota Vikings makes a play against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Tasos Katopodis /Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bears need Donovan McNabb.

McNabb was released by the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday and could provide some nice insurance for the Bears.

Was I the only one concerned that we might not see Jay Cutler again after his press conference the other day?

Now, before everyone jumps off the deep end, I am not saying McNabb should come in and start over Caleb Hanie. After two tough losses, however, I guess I wouldn't rule that out either. All I’m saying is he should start over Josh McCown or Nathan Enderle. Let’s really hope it doesn’t come down to that. 

Seriously, do you want to hear Joe Buck say Christmas night that McCown or Enderle are entering the game for the injured Hanie?

I sure don’t.

Even though McNabb has had a tough two seasons in Washington and Minnesota, he is still better than Josh McCown. McNabb may have looked bad, but his numbers aren’t all that bad. Also can you really blame the Vikes' 0-4 start on him?

McNabb threw four touchdowns with only two interceptions for a team that blew leads in the first four games of the season. He was also completing 60 percent of his passes.

Compare that to McCown, who hasn’t had seen real playing time since 2007 with the Raiders. In nine games that season, he had 10 touchdowns to go along with 11 picks. Trust me: there was a reason McCown was on the street entering Week 12.

If you take away his Week 1 performance against the Chargers, McNabb’s numbers aren’t too bad. At time he seemed to be under-throwing his receivers, but has Christian Ponder done any better?

McNabb is a great teammate and, along with Cutler, could help mentor Hanie through the remainder of the season, and possibly the playoffs. Also, wouldn’t it be nice to have him in a Bears uniform finally?

Many quarterbacks, including Michael Vick, Kevin Kolb and Christian Ponder, have said what an influence McNabb has had on them. As a guy who has faced much criticism in the past, he could even help Cutler going forward.

McNabb has been to a Super Bowl and four NFC title games; plus, he had to deal with the Philadelphia media and fans for all those years. There is a lot he can offer this Bears team, and even if he doesn’t have much left in the tank he could help any team in a backup role. Also, it would be a shame to see him possibly end his career like he did with the Vikings.

If the Bears were smart they would be giving McCown his walking papers and get that No. 5 McNabb jersey ready.

Maybe they could add Terrell Owens to the mix as well and have a real reunion.