Which NFL Team Needs To Claim Donovan McNabb Off Waivers?
Donovan McNabb is no spring chicken. Although he’s still just 35 years old, McNabb has been in the NFL since 1999. He’s played with three different teams now—the Philadelphia Eagles, the Washington Redskins, and the Minnesota Vikings, respectively—and he’s put a lot of wear and tear on his legs. At this point, he’s no longer the elite quarterback that he once was and he’s not going to turn into that guy anytime soon.
That being said, I still think McNabb has a little bit of life left in him. If he didn’t, I find it hard to believe that he would ask the Vikings to release him earlier this week so that he could make one last-ditch effort to catch on with another NFL team. With his playing days in Minnesota over almost before they really started, McNabb is looking for one more opportunity to play before he hangs up his cleats for good.
So, who should sign D-Mac? Well, the Houston Texans have already taken their name out of the running. Apparently, the team is set on starting rookie T.J. Yates this week and relying on his backups if he doesn’t perform well. But they’re not the only team who could use a QB right now. So we put together a list of a few possible NFL destinations for McNabb. These teams could definitely use him for the rest of the regular season—and possibly beyond.
The Bears are in trouble right now. There’s a chance that their injured QB Jay Cutler could come back to the team at some point this year. But he also might not return. So, for now, the team is relying on little-used backup Caleb Hanie to run the show. He didn’t look good last week doing it. McNabb is a Chicago guy and would probably take a lot of pride in playing for the Bears, so it’s worth it for the team to at least consider him as an option if Hanie plays poorly again this week.
He earned a win against the Indianapolis Colts last week, but quarterback Cam Newton has struggled through the second half of the NFL season thus far. If McNabb is willing to accept a backup role, he would probably fit in well down in Carolina where he could help Newton get back on track and teach him some of the tricks of the trade. If McNabb has any ambition to be a coach one day, this would be a great opportunity for him.
Now, this would be ironic, right? McNabb spent all those years trying to beat down the ‘Boys. So, why would he join them? It’s clear Dallas wants a suitable backup for Tony Romo. After all, they put in a claim for Kyle Orton when the Denver Broncos released him last week. They weren’t able to land him—he ended up getting picked up by the Kansas City Chiefs—but McNabb would be a nice backup for Romo, who has shown some signs of being injury-prone the last two seasons. At worst, McNabb is a formidable backup option for the ‘Boys. At best, he’s a guy with playoff experience who could step in in case of emergency and get the job done.
Talk about ironic. The Birds parted ways with McNabb a couple of years ago and actually traded him to a division rival. So, why would they want him back—and vice versa? Well, with things falling apart in Philly, this might just be the ideal time for McNabb to make his return. He could help get some of the younger guys on the team (ahem, Desean Jackson!) back under head coach Andy Reid‘s wing and lend plenty of support and advice to the team’s veterans. It’d also give him the opportunity to leave Philly on his own terms this time. And, when we put it that way, it doesn’t sound so crazy anymore, does it?