Tag:2011 NFL Scouting Combine
Posted on: February 27, 2011 10:33 am
Edited on: February 27, 2011 10:36 am
Wahington coach Mike Shanahan all but conceded the other day that quarterback Donovan McNabb's days are numbered with the Redskins, and while that's no surprise I would be interested in where he's going next. So I asked, and the consensus at this week's NFL scouting combine seems to be Minnesota.
First of all, the Vikings have a need. There's no quarterback of consequence there, with Joe Webb a project who needs to learn behind a veteran. Second, the club has a raft of talent, with many of the players in place from the team that went to the 2009 NFC championship game. All that's missing is an established quarterback. Third, coach Leslie Frazier has a history with McNabb, coaching in Philadelphia when McNabb starred with the Eagles. When I talked to Frazier two summers ago about McNabb, then with Philadelphia, he had nothing but glowing things to say about the guy.
"Plus," said one NFC offensive coordinator, "he knows how to handle him. McNabb can still play, given the right situation. It would be an ideal fit."
In all likelihood, McNabb would command a draft choice or two in return. Philadelphia peddled him a year ago for second-and-fifth round draft picks, and the market then was not strong. After a season where he was benched, anticipate that he would command less -- maybe much less -- in return. Not only will McNabb turn 35 this season; he is coming off a disappointing season and is with a team that doesn't want him.
That's not to say he goes to Minnesota, but it is the move that makes the most sense. There are several clubs looking for quarterbacks, and McNabb would seem to fit for either Arizona or Minnesota. But the Cardinals have been clear that they're not interested. The Vikings haven't made anything clear, other than they're always looking for someone who can help them.
Donovan McNabb could, particularly if he's paired with a coach who is patient with him. Frazier would seem to be that guy, and the Vikings would seem to be frontrunners as his next destination.
Posted on: February 27, 2011 9:44 am
Edited on: February 27, 2011 9:53 am
After interviewing GMs and coaches at this week's NFL scouting combine, I'd be surprised if the Philadelphia Eagles don't wind up trading quarterback Kevin Kolb. There just seems to be too much interest in the guy -- and too many teams willing to bid on him -- for the Eagles not to consider a move.
Posted on: February 25, 2011 5:08 pm
Edited on: February 25, 2011 5:11 pm
It doesn't sound as if Donovan McNabb and Clinton Portis will be with the Washington Redskins this season. That's not exactly a revelation, but it is news when it's the head coach dropping hints.
That would be Mike Shanahan, who said Friday that after talking to McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, the Redskins "would make a decision after the draft which direction we want to go." Later, he acknowledged that he could make a move before the draft, but it's not what he said that matters; it's what he didn't say, and what he didn't say is that McNabb would be with the Redskins in 2011.
And is anyone surprised? After what happened last season it's unfathomable to think that Shanahan or his son, offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan, would want McNabb back or that McNabb would want to return. While Shanahan acknowledged that he spoke for nearly an hour-and-a-half to Smith, declining to discuss the specifics of their conversation, he also said he has not spoken directly to McNabb.
That tells me something, too. Something like ... adios.
Portis, who turns 30 this year and missed 19 games the past two years, in all likelihood will be released by Washington.That's been in the wind for a while, and Shanahan all but confirmed those suspicions when he said Washington could not afford to carry Portis at his cap figure this season and that something could happen "two days from now ... three days from now." In short, he all but said the Redskins would move on and "let him test the market out."