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Donovan McNabb slims down, but will any NFL team want him?

Donovan McNabb would like to return to the NFL.

McNabb is losing weight, working out and studying with quarterback guru George Whitfield, whose students have included Andrew Luck and Cam Newton, as he tries to return “to this game we call football.”

“I'm in great shape, dropped 15-20 pounds,” McNabb told ESPN. “But again, it's not really about that. Because for me, people may have seen how strong I looked, and they kind of [figured] maybe [I] out of shape or whatever. But now that I'm lighter, people all of a sudden [are saying], ‘Well, he's in shape.’ I've been in shape.”

McNabb, traded on Easter 2010 to the Redskins, was benched in favor of Rex Grossman at the end of his season in D.C. He started six games with the Vikings, then was benched in favor of Christian Ponder. He was granted his release in December and found no takers for his services. He seems optimistic that that will change now.

“I stay motivated no matter what,” McNabb said. “I mean if I go to NFC Championships, Pro Bowls, it doesn't matter. That's behind [me, with the Philadelphia Eagles]. And one thing I think you have to be in this game that we call football is, you have to have short-term memory.”

McNabb’s coach in Philly gives him a nice recommendation, but that’s to be expected after the success the coach and QB had together.

“I still think he can play,” Andy Reid told the NFL Network. “I think the world of him, and we had some great years together here. I'm always wishing him the best and a fan of his. He looks good. He looks physically good. He looks like he could go out and play tomorrow. I would highly recommend [him].”

McNabb, 35, said he’s open to playing anywhere. “I have a list,” he said, “a full list of 32.”

How realistic is McNabb?

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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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