The veteran quarterback could soon be bound for Minnesota. The Redskins and the Vikings agreed to the framework of a trade late Tuesday night, according to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, though the deal was contingent on McNabb restructuring his contract. In exchange for McNabb, the Redskins would reportedly receive a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional sixth-rounder in 2013.
A league source indicated early Wednesday morning the trade was nearly finalized. All that remained was for McNabb and his agent to agree to terms of a new deal that will likely make McNabb the Vikings starter for at least one season.
Washington had acquired McNabb last spring, giving up second- and fourth-round picks to secure his services for what amounted to one disappointing, drama-filled season.
Neither the Redskins nor McNabb’s camp immediately commented on the report Tuesday night. McNabb is due a $10 million bonus after Week 1 of the regular season and a $2.5 million base salary this season, which will likely need to change before the Vikings formally sign off on the deal.
Though McNabb likely won’t be in burgundy and gold when the Redskins hold their first training camp practice Friday, team officials moved swiftly to retain the services of Moss, who has led the Redskins in receiving each of the past six seasons. Moss’s new deal is worth $15 million over three years, according to an ESPN report.
The first day after the lockout lifted was a busy one at Redskins Park, where much of the action took place behind closed doors. Players reported to work Tuesday morning, ready to resume football activities and eager to start the 2011 season without the distractions that tainted the dismal 2010 campaign.
To facilitate that, Redskins officials spent the first post-lockout business day figuring out what to do with McNabb and Albert Haynesworth. The team is eager to find resolutions for both before players are due to report Thursday for training camp.
“This year we’re not going through all that Albert nonsense. . . . If he’s here, let’s roll,” linebacker Brian Orakpo said. “If he’s not, wish him the best and we gotta move on without him and forget all this saga: Albert, McNabb, you name it. We just gotta start winning some ballgames around here and forget all the drama we go through each and every year.”
McNabb was the biggest acquisition of Mike Shanahan's first year as head coach — and his biggest bust. Though he averaged one touchdown pass and 260 yards per game, coaches weren't pleased with the results and McNabb was unceremoniously benched for the final three games of the season. Haynesworth, meanwhile, finished the year on the suspended list and does not figure into the team's defensive plans for this season.
Neither player was present at Redskins Park on Tuesday. All players are expected to report Thursday to check in for camp and take physicals. The following day, the team will hold its first training camp practice, which will be closed to the public. Saturday's practice at Redskins Park, however, is open to fans and begins at 8:30 a.m.
Many expected a flurry of activity Tuesday, the day after NFL owners and players agreed to a new labor deal. Teams signed undrafted rookies and made initial inquiries with free agents. Players already under contract reported to team facilities and met with coaches, many for the first time in nearly seven months.
“It’s been a long offseason, a long process and it’s been a long process and it’s been rough on everybody, no doubt: players, coaches, everybody around,” center Casey Rabach said. “It is great to be back.”
Signing Moss doesn’t necessarily preclude the Redskins from pursuing other free agent wide receivers, such as Santonio Holmes, Sidney Rice or Braylon Edwards. Retaining Moss, though, was one of the Redskins’ top priorities of the offseason. Moss thrived in his first year under offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, reeling in a career-high 93 catches, third in the NFL, and recording his fourth career season of more than 1,000 yards.
Moss’s contract, like all NFL free agent deals, won’t be official until Friday evening. He’ll be able to report to Redskins Park immediately but can’t participate in physical activities until Aug. 4, assuming players ratify the new collective bargaining agreement.
Others reported to Redskins Park on Tuesday, most filing in around 10 a.m. They watched film, lifted weights and met with coaches. Wide receiver Anthony Armstrong said he caught some balls from John Beck, who appears poised to challenge for the starting the job this season.
“Nothing has been said to me today about the quarterback position, what’s going to happen,” Beck said Tuesday afternoon.
The Redskins will carry a 90-man roster into training camp, and they did add a few pieces. The team has agreed to terms with former North Carolina running back Shaun Draughn, former Indiana quarterback Ben Chappell and former East Carolina offensive lineman Willie Smith, according to multiple reports. The team will add several other undrafted rookies, but the Redskins typically don't make such transactions public until players have passed their physicals and signed their contracts.