Donovan McNabb: 10 Teams Contending for the QB in 2011

Trae ThompsonSenior Analyst IDecember 22, 2010

Donovan McNabb: 10 Teams Contending for the QB in 2011

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5  of the Washington Redskins on the sidelines against play against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    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

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    FOXBORO, MA - DECEMBER 19:  The mascot for the New England Patriots leads the team onto the feild before the game against the Green Bay Packers at Gillette Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. The Patriots won the game 31-27.  (Photo by
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    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.

9. Dallas

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    ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Jon Kitna #3 of the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    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.

8. Cincinnati

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    CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals calls a play at the line of scrimage while playing the Cleveland Browns at Paul Brown Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Cincinnati, Ohio.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty
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    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.

7. Oakland

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    OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Jason Campbell #8 of the Oakland Raiders in action against the Denver Broncos at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 19, 2010 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    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.

6. Carolina

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    PALO ALTO, CA - NOVEMBER 27:  Andrew Luck #12 of the Stanford Cardinal in action against the Oregon State Beavers at Stanford Stadium on November 27, 2010 in Palo Alto, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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    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.

5. Miami

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    MIAMI - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Chad Henne #7 of the Miami Dolphins throws against the Buffalo Bills at Sun Life Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Miami, Florida. The Bills defeated the Dolphins 17-14.  (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
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    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.

4. Arizona

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    GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 12: Wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona Cardinals makes a reception against the Denver Broncos during the NFL game at the University of Phoenix Stadium on December 12, 2010 in Glendale, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian P
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    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

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    SAN DIEGO, CA - DECEMBER 16:  Quarterback Alex Smith #11 of the San Francisco 49ers is sacked by defensive tackle Antonio Garay #71 of the San Diego Chargers in the second quarter at Qualcomm Stadium on December 16, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo
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    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.

2. Minnesota

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 20:  Quarterback Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings is sacked by the Chicago Bears at TCF Bank Stadium on December 20, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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    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.

1. Tennessee

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    SAN DIEGO - OCTOBER 31:  Quarterback Vince Young #10 of the Tennessee Titans plays against the San Diego Chargers in the game at Qualcomm Stadium on October 31, 2010 in San Diego, California. The Chargers defeated the Titans 33-25.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/G
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    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.