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.