For the second year in a row, Donovan McNabb’s name has been surrounded with trade speculation this offseason. It isn’t because there’s an up and coming quarterback behind him who’s ready to play. Instead, McNabb developed a sour relationship with head coach Mike Shanahan and wants out.
After many rumors about McNabb being traded to the Vikings while he was in Philadelphia, reports have surfaced this week about the Vikings being interested in McNabb. As of right now, this seems like the strongest possibility, but it’s not the only one.
Much like the Vikings, the Cardinals are another team who have long been rumored to be interested in McNabb. Of course, we heard Larry Fitzgerald voice various opinions on who he’d like to be the Cardinals next quarterback. However, the Cardinals need more than just a seasoned quarterback to be a playoff contender, so they may be more interested in a player they can groom into a franchise player. Not to mention that Fitzgerald doesn’t get to make the personnel decisions for his team.
The Dolphins have played mediocre behind Chad Henne, so they may very well look for an upgrade. With a horrible record of 1-7 at home last year, Head Coach Tony Sparano could be on the hot seat. They have some talent on their offense but haven't had consistent quarterback play to take advantage of it.
In Tennessee, they're looking for a fresh start. They have a new head coach and there have been plenty of talks about Vince Young leaving the team. His chances of staying are better now with Jeff Fisher leaving, but he hasn't been the player the Titans hoped he'd be.
Chris Johnson is a special player, but he can't carry the entire offense on his back. Adding McNabb should help the passing attack and balance their offense.
The Panthers are a team that need a quarterback desperately. They've tried many options as of late and none have panned out. Certainly, with the first overall pick in the draft, they have the option of taking their quarterback of the future.
As it stands now, McNabb won't be demanding as much of a value as he did a year ago. There doesn't seem to be any chance at all that McNabb remains in Washington, so they're going to have to take what they can get.
Personally, if the lockout wasn't in effect, I believe McNabb would be on a new team already. Trading him before the draft would get him out of Washington and give them the opportunity to pick up an additional draft pick or two in the 2011 draft.