Donovan McNabb: 10 Teams Contending for the QB in 2011
Donovan McNabb felt disrespected, but now the Washington Redskins have a little more to say about his benching.
"The way this whole thing went down to me was off, one that I strongly disagreed with because I've always believed that if you start something you finish it,"said McNabb, who was replaced by Rex Grossman as the starter for Sunday's game with Dallas.
"Communication is key in anything that you do. Normally ... you would hear about it on a Monday or a Tuesday, (not) Thursday going into a Friday practice. You would like to hear it early. If you hear it late, it kinda throws off the preparation for a lot of guys in the mental aspect of things. I felt I was pulled back by it. All of a sudden you get this news a couple days before the game, you do feel somewhat disrespected. You could have told me earlier or at least prepared me for it.''
McNabb said he would like to return to Washington next season, but there have been reports that coach Mike Shanahan could pursue a quarterback in next year's NFL Draft.
Would McNabb still want to stay, or is this union over? If McNabb decides to bolt, here are 10 teams who could come after him:
10. New England
Imagine for a second if McNabb joined the Patriots and became for them what Michael Vick was when he first joined the Eagles. No way he will replace Tom Brady as the starter, but he would be a dangerous backup and could give them a player to use in the Wildcat scheme.
Yes, it's a longshot and seems far-fetched, but the clock's also ticking on McNabb's chances at winning a Super Bowl.
A healthy Tony Romo will be a welcome sight in 2011. Like with New England, McNabb could be used in the wildcat, and would definitely be an upgrade over Jon Kitna in terms of a backup. Depending on who becomes the head coach, imagine if they allow McNabb to have a legitimate chance at starting. Do you think that may push Romo to another level?
Again, far-fetched, but what if McNabb wanted to stick it to Washington for how he was treated? That would make the rivalry with Washington even more fierce, not to mention the Dallas-Philadelphia rivalry.
How much longer will the Bengals stick with Carson Palmer? All NFL Draft predictions have Cincinnati picking a defensive player, most naming Da'Quan Bowers of Clemson. So McNabb could become the starter, have no competition and could get a chance to work with former teammate Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco.
Before heading to Washington, Oakland was named as a possible suitor for McNabb, who had no desire to join the team. Former Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell has thrown for 2,011 yards and has a quarterback rating of 82.9. The Raiders are 22nd in the NFL in passing (202.5 yards per game) and eighth in total yards.
McNabb would only be an improvement.
It's the first of four teams who could draft quarterbacks with their lottery picks next spring. If the Panthers go with Andrew Luck (pictured), McNabb could come here, mentor him and start while the Stanford quarterback learns the NFL and adjusts to the pace of the game.
Carolina is rebuilding, but McNabb could also have a talented backfield in Jonathan Stewart, Michael Goodson and DeAngelo Williams.
Chad Henne hasn't been the answer, and McNabb could start immediately. There's the location, a team that does have some talent (Ronnie Brown, Brandon Marshall, Anthony Fasano) and the chance to play in one of the toughest divisions in the NFL, facing New England and the Jets twice a year. McNabb would be crazy not to consider South Beach.
Here's the second team that could be going with a quarterback in next year's draft. Whether you go with Ryan Mallett or Jake Locker is a whole different debate, but just like at Carolina, McNabb could start while they adjust to the level of competition.
Getting to throw to Larry Fitzgerald would be a plus too.
3. San Francisco
You've got Frank Gore, Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis already on offense. You should have no problem winning the starting job over Alex Smith and Troy Smith. And you could play for a proud franchise and a fan base that's been blessed before with a couple of legendary quarterbacks named Montana and Young.
If McNabb wants to win now, Minnesota would be the place. Brett Favre's career is winding down. The Vikings could potentially draft a quarterback, and Tavaris Jackson is the only player there who would compete for the starting job. McNabb could come in and already have an incredible running back in Adrian Peterson, great receivers in Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin, a talented defense and the chance to play for another passionate fan base.
Chicago and Green Bay aren't at the level of a New England, so it's not like he couldn't come in and not compete for a division title either.
Let's assume for a second that owner Bud Adams wises up and realizes Vince Young isn't going to get the job done. Adding McNabb makes perfect sense, and he would form a dangerous combination with Chris Johnson. He would also have a group of capable receivers in Nate Washington, Kenny Britt and Bo Scaife. If McNabb landed there and developed any chemistry with Randy Moss, the possibilities are endless.
Tennessee's had adequate enough talent, but will likely miss the playoffs. All the Titans have been missing is a talented quarterback.