LA Times reports — Donovan McNabb is no longer a member of the Minnesota Vikings. In case you’re having trouble keeping up, he is also no longer a member of the Philadelphia Eagles or the Washington Redskins.
For a guy who spent the first 11 years of his NFL career in Philadelphia — taking the Eagles to four NFC championships and one Super Bowl appearance — McNabb has become quite the journeyman lately. He was traded during the 2010 off-season to the Redskins, who released him after just one season.
He was picked up by Minnesota, where he lasted just six games as a starting quarterback (going 1-5 with only four touchdowns and five passes of 25-plus yards) and 11 games overall. The Vikings released McNabb on Thursday, a decision Coach Leslie Frazier described as mutual.
So what now for McNabb? The Chicago Bears and Houston Texans are two teams that jump to mind as possible destinations. Both are playoff contenders with issues at the quarterback position. The Bears very well could be without injured starter Jay Cutler for the rest of the year, and backup Caleb Hanie struggled in his first start last week.
The Texans have lost their top two quarterbacks — Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart — to injuries. But the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the team has no immediate interest in McNabb, with Coach Gary Kubiak apparently willing to stick with T.J. Yates as his starter.
The Dallas Cowboys, another playoff contender, also could use the services of someone like McNabb. While they are set with Tony Romo as their starter, backup Jon Kitna has been having back problems the last several weeks and might be out for the season.
The Bears and Cowboys are said to have put in waiver claims on quarterback Kyle Orton, who was cut last week by the Denver Broncos and eventually was awarded to the Kansas City Chiefs. If both teams make a run at McNabb on the waiver wire, Dallas would have priority over Chicago based on record and strength of schedule.
Where do you think McNabb should spend the rest of the 2011 season? With one of the teams mentioned above, or is there another you think could use his services? Or do you think it’s time for the veteran quarterback to call it quits? After all, things haven’t worked out so well with his last two teams.