The Redskins and Vikings have tentatively reached an agreement to send Donovan McNabb to Minnesota for a sixth round pick in 2012 and a conditional sixth round pick in 2013.
The most important concept of the deal is McNabb’s contract, which is not friendly to Minnesota’s cap situation.
The former Pro Bowl quarterback was due $14.75 million from the Redskins but will make less as a Viking.
McNabb’s rocky relationship with the Washington Redskins lasted just one season after he posted the worst statistical year of his career since his rookie season in 1999.
His arrival to Minnesota would probably mean he would be the opening day starter for an offense that includes star running back Adrian Peterson.
Of course, it’s not a slam dunk that McNabb is the starter. Minnesota used the 12th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft on Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder.
The rookie quarterback shared his impression on the McNabb deal via Twitter:
It is hard to envision Ponder learning the offensive scheme and supplanting McNabb as the starter immediately.
Look for McNabb to start. However, once he hits the usual McNabb wall of erratic play/behavior by Thanksgiving, it’ll be intriguing to see what head coach Leslie Frazier decides to do.
If Minnesota wants to get the most out of McNabb, making sure to keep deep threat Sidney Rice would be a good place to start.