The Vikings' experiment with Donovan McNabb has officially ended. According to numerous sources, (those including ESPN, NFL.com, ProFootballTalk, Yahoo! Sports and ERIC) the Vikings have officially released McNabb, per his agent's request, putting him on to the waiver wire on a "first come, first serve basis" for other teams. Those teams look to be the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and the Houston Texans. Whoever picks up the quarterback will also have to pick up the 1.5 million dollar salary that is remaining on his deal for this season, which isn't too bad a price for a stop gap solution. If he clears waivers, the VIkings will have to pay him out.
While we originally gave up a sixth round pick in 2012 and a conditional 6th rounder in 2013, it seems that we won't have to give up a 6th rounder next year because of his benching after week 6. We will, still, however, have to give up our 6th rounder this year. Given how poorly McNabb has played this season, I wouldn't be too quick to say that this was a bigger waste of a pick than last year's fiasco with Randy Moss (only kidding.)
The move officially brings to a close an awful, short-lived era for the Vikings. McNabb completed 60.3% of his passes for 1026 yards, 4 touchdowns and 2 interceptions, but plagued the Vikings with his inability to move the offense down the field. HIs ineptness in completely short and long passes on a consistent basis doomed the Vikings from the early goings, and ultimately, played a huge part in the Vikings' early season struggles.
On a more positive note, he handled himself very professionally and proved to be a great short-term mentor for Christian Ponder. I only wish him the best wherever he goes.
And with that, the youth movement begins. What do you all think?