Donovan McNabb to be released by Vikings


McNabb during the Vikings Nov. 20 game against the Raiders. (Andy King / AP)

Donovan McNabb’s tenure in Minnesota apparently is going be even shorter than his time in Washington.

The Vikings will release the quarterback today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter. The NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora reported that McNabb requested that the team release him.

Minnesota was 1-5 over McNabb’s six starts. He has not played since Oct. 16, when he was benched in favor of rookie Christian Ponder.

“I know I have a lot of football left in me,” McNabb said at that time.

The Washington Redskins acquired McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles in an Easter 2010 trade, but he struggled in Coach Mike Shanahan’s system andwas benched for the final three games of the season. When the NFL lockout ended, he was traded to the Vikings on July 27.

Just how much football he has left and where he’ll play remains to be seen. He was out of shape when he showed up in Minnesota and getting benched didn’t help matters.

Perhaps Chicago? Imagine the possibility of a return to his hometown. (With Wilbon as a columnist!) The downside of that: He doesn’t know Mike Martz’s schemes. Houston? Reports say no. What about back to the NFC East? Philadelphia? Dallas? The Redskins could use .... ah, never mind.

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.

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