The Donovan McNabb era ended weeks ago. Now Donovan McNabb’s tenure as a Viking is about to end entirely, as the team has agreed to waive the veteran quarterback. If another team signs McNabb off waivers the Vikings will be off the hook for the $1.1 million they owe him for the rest of 2011. If he passes through waivers and goes unsigned the Vikings will still have to pay him.
McNabb came to the Vikings with high expectations after two rocky seasons but a series of poor performances led to his being benched in favor of rookie Christian Ponder. Over the last few weeks there had been reports that McNabb was disgruntled about his role as a back-up, but the quarterback made no public statements one way or the other.
This Monday McNabb seemed to make his feelings more clear by refusing to speak to the media. McNabb’s agent apparently got in the ear of Vikings’ personnel people, expressing McNabb’s desire to be released and try to catch on with one of the contending teams currently suffering quarterback issues. The agent’s lobbying worked and now McNabb is set to be cut.
Chicago is already being mentioned as a possible landing spot for McNabb given his ties to that city and Caleb Hanie’s dismal performance in place of Jay Cutler on Sunday. The Vikings will go forward with Joe Webb as their back-up. If they feel the need for a third QB on the roster as insurance behind Ponder and Webb, look for them to contact Rhett Bomar who was cut at the end of camp.