Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings seems to be all but a done deal. The deal hinges on McNabb agreeing to a significantly reduced salary. Had Washington picked up his bonus it would have been $10 million+ season for the veteran QB. That will not be the case in Minnesota because of the crushing season he had with the Redskins.
There are still cash cows on the squad while trying to rebuild a stadium, so while they want McNabb, they cannot afford to spend a large amount of money on such a gamble while there are other things to take care of. They must get better at the quarterback position to get better in their rankings, but it relies on whether or not McNabb wants to be a Viking enough to take a pay cut.
To give Donovan more credit than most are willing to, there was no one on the Redskins team to support the talent or dwindling efforts of McNabb. Not to take the blame one hundred percent off of his shoulders, but the Redskins had one of the worst offensive lines in the league with virtually no running game and no playmakers. He wanted out of Washington, especially after how he had been treated as he was benched for the likes of Rex Grossman.
Not to say that the kid is garbage, but have you seen him start lately? Even after being bashed by entertainers and other athletes, mainly Terrell Owens and Bernard Hopkins, McNabb is still a great guy and would serve as an excellent mentor.
With Christian Ponder on the team as a developmental project, it would provide a great route for Ponder to experience McNabb’s work ethic, attention to detail and conditioning first hand. McNabb can also show Ponder how to behave as a man of stature. While we have seen plenty of athletes snap in the limelight, there has never been a time where McNabb quaked his image. You might call him soft but I call him smart and aware with avid self-control. Something that he has not allowed Twitter to take away from him.
Sidebar: While Ponder seems a very excited to have Donovan McNabb join the Minnesota squad, Wale tweeted the following:
So the redskins traded mcnabb for a practice jersey and a gallon of powerade
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