Sunday, December 4, 2011
Donovan McNabb happy he's free agent
By Adam Schefter
Donovan McNabb sent a text Friday that said he was happy he went unclaimed on waivers: It leaves him free to sign where he wants.
His agent, Fletcher Smith, said Saturday he has been talking with "a couple of teams" this weekend, but no team is prepared to make a move right now.
In recent weeks, the NFL has witnessed how quickly the quarterback landscape can change, with the Houston Texans, Kansas City Chiefs and Chicago Bears all losing their starting quarterbacks.
But if no team signs McNabb in the final four weeks of the season, it also would be fair to wonder whether he has played his last down in the NFL.
Playing behind a leaky offensive line and with a lack of playmaking receivers in the passing game, McNabb struggled to get the Minnesota Vikings offense off the ground. He completed 60 percent of his passes for 1,026 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions in six games. But he only completed five passes of 25 yards or more and was benched in the fourth quarter of a blowout loss in Chicago that dropped the Vikings to 1-5.
Rookie Christian Ponder took over as the starter the following week, and McNabb pushed for his release when he realized that there would be no chance for him to see the field for the rest of the season. The Vikings (2-9) obliged on Thursday and picked up Sage Rosenfels off waivers from Miami to fill McNabb's roster spot.
That leaves the future of a highly decorated quarterback -- six Pro Bowls, five NFC championship games, a Super Bowl appearance and more than 37,000 yards passing -- very much in doubt. After leading the Eagles so proudly for 11 seasons, the 34-year-old McNabb has stumbled in his last two stops in Washington and Minnesota.
Adam Schefter is ESPN's NFL Insider. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.