Vikings Claimed Sage Rosenfels Off Of Waivers To Replace Donovan McNabb

Sage Rosenfels was claimed off of waivers to replace Donovan McNabb, the veteran quarterback who was released on Thursday. For more on the Minnesota Vikings, go to Daily Norseman.

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Sage Rosenfels Claimed By Vikings As Donovan McNabb Clears Waivers

The Minnesota Vikings released Donovan McNabb on Thursday, by way of mutual decision, to give the veteran a chance to find another NFL team that might allow him to play this season. No team claimed McNabb's contract as he cleared waivers on Friday, but the Vikings did claim another quarterback to take his place when they grabbed veteran Sage Rosenfels.

Rosenfels spent the 2009 season as a back-up with the Vikings before being traded to the New York Giants prior to last season, making this his second go-around with Minnesota -- as Fox Sports first reported. It's unclear whether he or Joe Webb will be Christian Ponder's primary backup.

The 33-year-old quarterback had been on the Miami Dolphins reserve/non-football injury list since the preseason due to complications stemming from strep throat. Rosenfels hasn't thrown a regular season NFL pass since starting five games for the Houston Texans during the 2008 season. 

McNabb is now free to sign with any team, though many believed someone would take a chance on claiming him off of waivers. 

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Donovan McNabb Released By Minnesota Vikings, But Team Wouldn't Do Anything Different

Donovan McNabb was released by the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday afternoon after being benched in favor of rookie Christian Ponder earlier in the season. The veteran quarterback didn't exactly provide the spark the team had hoped for when signing him in the offseason, but they apparently wouldn't change a thing.

Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier held a press conference following Thursday's practice where he addressed several questions regarding the release of his former signal-caller.

Looking back, and just knowing Donovan and knowing his history, I don't think I would have done anything different. Knowing the circumstance and the situation we were in coming into the season with the off-season being what it was, that familiarity went a long ways towards making that decision. So, I don't think I would have done it any differently.

As to whether McNabb initiated the release, as has been reported by several outlets, Frazier said it was a "mutual decision."

We sat down and talked and just as we communicated to one another about what we thought was best for our team and him going forward, just a mutual decision, we both agreed that this was probably going to be the best thing to do.

As of now, Joe Webb will be the team's second quarterback. Frazier didn't rule out signing a third quarterback during the press conference, however, leaving his options open.

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Donovan McNabb Benched: Christian Ponder Reportedly Inserted As Minnesota Vikings Starting QB

Change is in the air for the Minnesota Vikings. Following the benching of Donovan McNabb in Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears, many wondered if Christian Ponder would get the team's next start. After no news on Monday, head coach Leslie Frazier has reportedly informed all parties involved that Ponder will be getting the start on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers

Jason LaConfra has it on Twitter:

Vikings are changing QBs. Leslie Frazier has made the change and notified those involved. Christian Ponder takes over as starter    

McNabb was benched after going 19-for24 for 177 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. Ponder came into the game and didn't put up any better numbers, going 9-for-17 for 99 yards without a touchdown or interception. Ponder had more than one serious overthrow, which can be attributed to lack of chemistry with wide receivers.

Frazier either sees something he particularly likes in Ponder's performance, or the team feels it's just time to look to the future, as McNabb doesn't figure to offer much in the way of future potential. Sitting at 1-5 with very little progression week-in and week-out, it's simply time to see what the rookie can do.

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2011 Minnesota Vikings: No Word On Quarterback Situation

As expected, there is now an official quarterback controversy for the Minnesota Vikings. After Christian Ponder came on in relief of Donovan McNabb in Sunday night’s blowout loss to the Chicago Bears there is now speculation that he will replace McNabb as the starter:

We’ve said it here before, but Donovan McNabb is not going to be this team’s quarterback in 2012. He won’t even be on the roster next season. Frankly, after you’ve benched the old stalwart for the new guy, it’s really hard to go back. And, at 1-5 and staring a top 5 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft squarely in the face, every snap that would go to Donovan McNabb at this point is one less snap that goes toward developing Christian Ponder. Nothing positive could come out of that.

McNabb has been ineffective at best so far on the season, and Ponder did seem to outplay him in limited work on Sunday evening. It does not help matters that McNabb took an ugly early safety where he seemed to slip to the ground in the end zone while trying to avoid a sack.

Coach Leslie Frazier said that he will not name a starter until Wednesday for Minnesota’s next game. If Ponder is named the starter his first career start will come against the defending Super Bowl champion Green Bay Packers, who are the lone remaining undefeated team in the NFL.

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