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Reports: McNabb-to-Vikings deal close to completion

Several news outlets, lead by ESPN, have reported that the Vikings and Redskins worked well into the night yesterday evening, in efforts to complete a trade that would send Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings.

Interestingly, the reports are saying that the two teams have even agreed upon the terms of compensation. The Vikings would send a 6th round pick in the 2012 NFL draft, and possibly a conditional 6th round pick in the 2013 draft as well.

However, ESPN’s John Clayton reported this morning that one of the hold-ups in the deal could be McNabb’s contract, due largely to the fact that he’s scheduled to make a huge bonus (over $12M) if he’s on a team’s roster after the first week of the regular season. I don’t think this is as much an issue as it’s being made out to be, considering that either the Redskins or the Vikings (if they acquired him) could cut him immediately prior to the beginning of the season, with almost no salary cap ramification. Of course, the Vikings would have no interest in cutting McNabb if they acquired him, but the point is that they’d have all the leverage in any contract re-structuring negotiations, if they were to get McNabb.

Ironically, the second hold-up also seems to be whether or not McNabb perceives his arrival being welcomed by his potential new team. ESPN’s Adam Schefter tweeted that McNabb could be feeling like he’s being disparaged, instead of being welcomed, by Minnesota. If true, that’s certainly an interesting twist. The Vikings only have incumbent Joe Webb – a late round rookie selection from last year’s draft – and first round pick Christian Ponder at quarterback right now. As mentioned in our previous discussion about McNabb-to-the-Vikings, it makes all the sense in the world for a veteran quarterback like McNabb to come in and guide a largely veteran-based roster like Minnesota’s.

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