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.