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Donovan McNabb Trade Rumors: Is Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe Recruiting Him?

The Donovan McNabb trade rumors will remain at least until the Minnesota Vikings draft a quarterback in this year’s NFL Draft or the Washington Redskins somehow explicitly say that he isn’t being traded. Until then, it looks like everyone will weigh in on the hottest NFL trade rumor of the season.

Even Vikings tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.

Shiancoe was recently on Washington D.C. based Comcast SportsNet’s Washington Post Live with Ivan Carter where he talked about what he’s doing during the NFL lockout and a football camp he’s putting on at Morgan State. Oh, and the McNabb trade rumors.

"You know what, as a matter of fact, I seen him out the other day, and we had a little alcohol talk, should I say, a little alcohol talk," Shiancoe told Carter (as transcribed by Dan Steinberg). "And I told him, ‘Hey, look , you know, Minnesota might be a good fit for you. I think that he would probably agree on that. Who knows if he wants to stay here anymore, right, being in those circumstances? I don’t know if he wants to or not, but I wouldn’t want to stay here. Speaking for myself, I wouldn’t want to stay in this predicament right here."

I’m not sure what "alcohol talk" is, but it seems like Shiancoe wouldn’t mind having McNabb throwing to him whenever the 2011 NFL season begins.

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Donovan McNabb To The Vikings Trade Rumors Heating Up

Donovan McNabb being traded to the Minnesota Vikings has been a hot NFL trade rumor for the last few seasons, but unlike in the past, it looks like it might now be coming pretty close to a reality.

The Vikings are one of the teams interested in McNabb, according to two people with knowledge of the situation who spoke to The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity.

No deal could be made until the NFL lockout is ended and the Collective Bargaining Agreement is worked out, but the fact that there is now confirmed interest from both sides indicate that McNabb could be taking his talents to Minnesota sooner rather than later.

WFAN 660 AM radio personality "Incarcerated Bob" also tweeeted earlier today, saying “Source: Quietly behind the scenes Redskins & Vikings are working on a McNabb trade (Needs to agree to redo contract).” He probably isn’t the most reliable source, but he’s been right before.

SB Nation Minnesota’s own Christopher Gates weighed in on the most recent McNabb to Minnesota rumors earlier today. Unfortunately for the Vikings’ faithful, he doesn’t seem too excited about the deal.

While McNabb is still a “good” quarterback, I don’t think he would ultimately be taking this team anywhere, as unfortunate as that sounds. A guy like McNabb or a Matt Hasselbeck (who would be my choice if we were bringing a guy in for a year or two) might be able to keep the Vikings in contention and bridge the gap to a guy that the Vikings take in the first two rounds of this year’s draft, but that’s really about it. McNabb, however, doesn’t strike me as the kind of guy that would be willing to pass the proverbial torch. From their demeanors, I think you could sit down with a Hasselbeck or even a Marc Bulger and say to them, “Okay, you’re going to start this year, the new guy is going to carry your clubs this season, and next season you’re probably going to be the backup.” I don’t get the impression that McNabb would be quite so willing to accept that sort of thing.

This story won’t move too fast, obviously, because nothing can happen until the NFL lockout situation is figured out — but it is interesting enough to keep an eye on until then.

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