Donovan McNabb is available again. The Minnesota Vikings released veteran quarterback of 13 seasons, giving him the opportunity to sign with another team for the final stretch, as head coach Leslie Frazier described as a mutual breakup. Frazier convinced the Vikings to send a sixth-round draft pick this summer to the Washington Redskins in exchange for McNabb. He wanted stability and believed that McNabb would contribute to the offense, after the NFL lockout prevented rookie Christian Ponder to train with the team or work with coaches until training camp. Betting lines
McNabb was benched by Frazier in mid October, and Ponder has started every Minnesota’ game since then. McNabb has continued on the payroll as a reserve. However, McNabb said he uses that time to work on “different things” and to help bring along Ponder.
“I know there’s a lot of football left in me,” McNabb said at the time of movement
Now, he hopes he can help a future employer, either as a starter or backup. Sports scores
“You look across the league and see another quarterback going done (with injury), maybe teams could use my services,” McNabb said during an interview.
Frazier said at the time of the decision to send McNabb to the bench was based only on what was the best chance of winning for the team.
Frazier and McNabb met in 1999 when the defensive backs coach and first-round draft pick spent their first year with the Philadelphia Eagles. Friends to the end, Frazier wished well to McNabb and said part of the reason for the move was for the benefit of the player.
“This was the best decision for both parties,” Frazier said. “He was a great player and has been a great player for our league for a long, long time. Have a lot of affection and love for Donovan.”
McNabb finished with a 1-5 as a starter, threw just four touchdown passes and completed just five passes of 25-plus yards. Frazier said he did not regret the trade given the situation in which the Vikings were in the summer, and McNabb said he believes he can still play in the NFL but stopped short to affirm that it can be an effective starter.
“I’m not certain about that. … A lot depends on the team he goes to, if he goes to another team,” Frazier said.
McNabb was not present in the portion of practice Thursday with the team that is open to the media. He was seen in the locker room early in the day, but did not accompany the team in preparation for Sunday’s game against the Denver Broncos.
The Vikings acquired McNabb last low season coming from Washington. He had also lost the title with the Redskins in 2010 after playing ineffectively in the first 14 games. McNabb finished the season with his worst passer rating of lifetime (77.1) and threw 15 interceptions, facilitating his transfer to the Vikings.
A veteran of 13 seasons, McNabb has thrown for 37.276 yards and 234 touchdowns, with a passer rating of 85.6 lifetime. McNabb led the Eagles to win five titles in the NFC East games and played five NFC Championships, and also led the Eagles to their first Super Bowl appearance in 24 years in 2005.