Strangely, a report has emerged that Donovan McNabb has the Vikings as his top choice of teams he’d like to be traded to.
This comes one day after rumors swirled about McNabb possibly being traded to Buffalo, Oakland, or St. Louis. The Eagles are reportedly entertaining offers for all three of their quarterbacks, and have demanded a “top 42” draft pick for McNabb… of which the Vikings have one.
The casual NFL observer may wonder why McNabb’s top choice has any bearing on the situation of a trade. Can’t the Eagles trade him wherever they want?
Technically, yes. However, McNabb holds a fair number of cards in this one as he is entering the last season of his current contract. In order for a trade to be completed, his new team would likely require him to sign a new, long-term contract prior to the trade being finalized.
So, in theory, McNabb could try to drag his feet on agreeing to a new contract in hopes of Brett Favre retiring sooner-than-later (or ever) which could then prompt the Vikings to jump into the race.
Also, in theory, the Vikings could simply trade for McNabb right now and carry both him and Favre on the roster heading into to 2010 and possibly beyond. This type of move would be somewhat unprecedented, but with the uncapped year in full swing, unprecedented in a word that will pop up a lot.
Or, even more theoretically, the Vikings could trade for McNabb and cut Brett Favre loose, not giving him the chance toy around with retirement on their watch.
The question remains, however, even if Favre was not a factor would the Vikings benefit from acquiring McNabb, especially if they gave up a first rounder in exchange?
On the surface, it makes sense. McNabb knows Childress and his offense, he’d be a veteran leader on a very talented team, and he’d be living closer to his original home of Chicago.
The 33 year old could hardly be considered a long-term solution for the Vikings, however. With a list of medical issues of his own, an aging body which makes him less effective when running, a tendency to run his mouth, and a whole new set of overtime rules to confuse him one can’t help but wonder if trading for McNabb isn’t such a surefire way to improve a roster.
My vote is for the Rams or Raiders to take that risk, and that the Vikings should just focus on the upcoming draft.