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Vikings “one of a few teams” interested in Donovan McNabb

As if the 2nd half of last season, and the early part of this offseason weren’t enough, Redskins fans will likely hear a whole lot more — very likely on a daily basis — about the final days of the soap opera that is the (failed) Donovan McNabb experience.

So if Adam Schefter’s report on Sportscenter this morning, stating that the Vikings have had discussions with the Redskins regarding acquiring Donovan Mcnabb, is true, then I sincerely hope that this gets done quickly.


ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the Vikings “are one of a few teams” that have talked to the Redskins about acquiring quarterback Donovan McNabb, but that Minnesota would have to be able to restructure McNabb’s contract before acquiring him.

Even despite reports saying the Vikings weren’t interested in McNabb — especially after trading up in the draft to grab Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder — McNabb going to Minnesota just made a lot of sense.

The bottom line is, the current construction of the Vikings team is one where they’re built to win now. It’s a team with veterans at key positions, and after a disastrous 2010 season, the window before this team has to go through another rebuild is closing.

In Minnesota, McNabb wouldn’t be the savior of the franchise, and wouldn’t arrive with the fanfare and expectations of a five-time NFC Championship game quarterback. As the cliche goes, McNabb would be nothing more than the “game manager,” a role he’s most suited for at this point in his career anyway.

New coach Leslie Frazier has installed a run-the-ball-and-pay-great-defense mentality, after taking over for Brad Childress. They’ll ride Peterson as far as he’ll take them (putting the ball in the hands of your best player – what a novel concept!).

And at 35, McNabb is the perfect bridge player between this current veteran, win-now Vikings team, and the Vikings of the future, who will inevitably be lead by Ponder.

As far as McNabb’s tenure in DC, there’s just no way he’s coming back. McNabb doesn’t want to be here, even if he won’t publicly say it. The coaching staff doesn’t want McNabb here, and they’ll be happy to publicly say so; why else would they be openly touting a guy who hasn’t thrown a regular season pass since 2007?

If the Redskins can get anything in return for McNabb – and hell, i’ll even be happy with a bag of corn chips at this point – it should be considered a victory.

In business, you cut your losses, (hopefully learn from your mistakes), and take on your next challege. The McNabb experiment was a colossal bust, and there’s no point in fighting over the pittance of salvage value he’ll bring back.

It’s time to move on.

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