It has been obvious that the Washington Redskins and quarterback Donovan McNabb would part ways after one tumultuous season.
The questions were only as simple as when and how.
Late Tuesday, word began to leak that the Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings are working out the details of a trade that would make the veteran quarterback a Viking for at least a season. But it’s all contingent upon McNabb being willing to accept a contract that will pay him half of the $14.75 million he would have made this season had things worked out with the Redskins, according to ESPN.
McNabb, however, will not collect a dime of the money he was due in Washington this season because under a clause in his contract, the Redskins can cut him before the season without penalty and they all but certainly will.
In the meantime, the Vikings are in desperate need of a veteran quarterback after Brett Favre retired and free agent backup Tarvaris Jackson decided to move to Seattle. Minnesota knows it can’t count on 2011 first-round draft pick Christian Ponder to be ready this season, so acquiring the 34-year-old McNabb buys some time.
It seems like a good deal for both the Vikings and McNabb. Minnesota only has to part ways with a sixth round draft pick and a conditional pick down the line, depending on how McNabb performs. For McNabb, who played the first 11 years of his career in Philadelphia before heading to Washington, it is a chance to start again after being benched twice last season by Mike Shanahan.