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Are the Vikings still interested in acquiring Donovan McNabb?

There have been whispers for certain portions of this offseason linking current Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb with the Minnesota Vikings, and those whispers only seem to be getting louder as we approach next week’s NFL draft.

According to The Washington Post:

The Vikings are indeed one of the teams interested in McNabb, according to two people with knowledge of the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity. But obviously, no deal could be made until there is a new collective bargaining agreement.

One league source said none of the teams interested in McNabb is expected to want to offer much for the 34-year-old quarterback, not because they doubt his skills but because the Redskins already tipped their hand that McNabb doesn’t have a future in Washington.

One thing does remain certain: a “divorce” between McNabb and the Shanahan’s (Mike and Kyle) is all but inevitable, despite the protest of a large portion of Redskins fans.

After being benched at two different times during the 2010 season, and having his footwork, conditioning, and knowledge of the playbook questioned, it’s believed that McNabb has no desire to remain in Washington, despite whatever he may be saying publicly (when the camera’s are on him). Regardless of the situation, McNabb has never been a quarterback who will discuss any acrimony publicly, but there doesnt really seem to be any scenario where he’d want to stay in Washington, or where the Shanahan’s would want to keep him.

A trade to the Vikings would make a lot of sense for both McNabb and Minnesota. McNabb would get (another) fresh start and simultaneously the opportunity to leave a dysfunctional situation in Washington. The Vikings are only one season removed from an appearance in the NFC championship game, and have a roster that still closely resembles that squad. They recently hired Bill Musgrave – a disciple of the West Coast offense and the one-time quarterbacks coach for the Redskins – as their offensive coordinator, but will place a much greater emphasis on a run-first philosophy under head coach Leslie Frazier. McNabb would certainly have far more potent weapons around him on the Vikings offense than he did in Washington, including All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson and Pro Bowl receiver Sidney Rice (if he resigns with Minnesota).

But as the post insinuated, the main issue around McNabb’s departure and the team acquiring him will be the price the Redskins ask for. Teams around the league are well aware that the Redskins have no desire to keep McNabb on the roster, especially since he’s due a $10 million option if he’s on the Redskins active roster one day after they complete their first regular season game.

While Bruce Allen and Shanahan have publicly stated that they’re willing to keep McNabb on the roster, potential suitors around the league are ready to call Allen & Shanahan’s bluff, a wait for the Redskins to potentially outright release McNabb. Given that, it’s not likely any team interested in McNabb will be willing to give up more than a mid-to-late round draft pick to the Redskins via trade, even if they decide that it’s not worth waiting for McNabb to be released.

Regardless, the tea leaves seem to only confirm that McNabb’s days in Washington do, in fact, remain numbered.

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