Since there's a lockout going on and, apparently, nobody has anything better to talk about, it appears it's time to start firing up the old rumors of current Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb being traded to the Minnesota Vikings.
You know, when teams are actually allowed to trade players. . .which, without a Collective Bargaining Agreement, is not something that can take place.
Sports Illustrated's Peter King started this in his "Monday Morning Quarterback" column this past Monday.
I think the team that makes the most sense for Donovan McNabb is Minnesota. The compensation that makes the most sense is a conditional fourth-round pick in 2012 that could rise to a three if McNabb starts 12 games this year. Or something like that. The Redskins can get partial payment (very partial) back for the move Mike Shanahan wishes he never made. The Vikings can sleep better at night knowing they don't have to rely on Joe Webb with a suspect offensive line and a veteran defense as they try to make one last playoff run with this core. McNabb can be happy knowing he has one more chance to take a contender deep into the playoffs. But if this happens, he'd better take full advantage of it, because it might be his last shot with a contender.
This was, naturally, picked up by Charley Walters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. . .who, in his typical style, reports this as being more fact than rumor.
I barely have the words to express how strongly I'm against this. . .if the Minnesota Vikings trade a draft pick for Donovan McNabb, I'll throw up all over myself like. . .well, like I'm Donovan McNabb. I can't be the only Viking fan that's tired of all this stop gap, temporary fix stuff at the quarterback position. The other three teams in the NFC North have young, talented quarterbacks of the future, and it's time for the Vikings to stop attempting to stick a Band-Aid on a sucking chest wound.
The Minnesota Vikings don't need to be trading draft picks for Donovan McNabb. They don't need to be trading draft picks for anyone or anything other than the purpose of acquiring more draft picks. This team needs to rebuild, and you don't rebuild by trading for 36-year old quarterbacks. If the Vikings desire a more veteran option, they can wait for free agency and go after someone like Marc Bulger or Matt Hasselbeck.