ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that the Minnesota Vikings have contacted the Redskins about a trade that would send Donovan McNabb to to Minnesota.
Discussions for the deal, according to Schefter, are being complicated by a $10 million roster bonus McNabb is contracted to collect during Week-1 of the NFL season.
What’s fascinating about that bonus is that it was placed in a contract McNabb was offered midway through last season, after the Redskins had benched him once and before he was benched a second time, with three games remaining in his inaugural campaign in Washington.
He was paid $3.5 million last season, based on that same contract, which pushed back a major pay-day back to this coming season. That payday could now be an obstacle for the Redskins as they attempt to deal their 34-year-old quarterback.
The Vikings are not the only team interested in McNabb’s services. Schefter says there are other clubs expected to contact Washington about the six-time pro bowler and five-time NFC title game participant.
While Schefter didn’t name the Miami as a McNabb suitor, the Dolphins could be involved in his sweepstakes.
Miami’s projected starter Chad Henne is 13-14 in 27 career starts and he’s thrown more career interceptions (33) than touchdowns (27). Veteran passer Chad Pennington will miss the entire season after tearing a knee ligament in a pickup basketball game in March and journeyman backup Tyler Thigpen isn’t consider a viable starting candidate.
There’s still a minuscule chance that McNabb could return to the Redskins, but it’s very unlikely his tenure in DC will last longer than one season.
The Syracuse product started 13 games in 2010, tallying a 77.1 quarterback rating, his worst mark since his rookie season back in 1999.
Trading McNabb is clearly the Redskins’ most ideal scenario but they could also release him without incurring a financial penalty if they aren’t able to work out a trade and decide that they don’t want to pay him the $10 million he’ll be owed when the season begins.