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article imageNFL: Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb traded to Vikings

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By Kay Mathews     Jul 27, 2011 in Sports
Veteran NFL quarterback Donovan McNabb has been traded to the Minnesota Vikings after a rocky year with the Washington Redskins.
Donovan McNabb, 34, is a native of Chicago, graduate of Syracuse, and was the National Football League’s (NFL) First Round draft choice in 1999 (second overall) by the Philadelphia Eagles.
McNabb was acquired by the Washington Redskins in April of 2010 and this is his twelfth season as an NFL quarterback.
As Adam Schefter pointed out in the video above, however, “He’s [McNabb] been through a very sensitive, difficult situation in Washington where he didn’t feel entirely welcomed or embraced.”
Rick Snider, Sports Columnist for the Washington Examiner, wrote about the relationship between McNabb and the Redskins saying, "The one-year experiment didn't work. It didn't even last a season."
Further, Snider stated, "Coach Mike Shanahan's credibility was strained last season when he offered multiple excuses for benching McNabb. Offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan has been vilified because of it. All kinds of accusations were made by all three sides. In the end, nobody looked good."
The Washington Redskins organization offered an explanation for McNabb's benching. “McNabb was benched for the final three games last season after struggling as the Redskins’ quarterback,” states the Washington Redskins. “He completed 58.3 percent of his passes for 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions.”
Now, however, as indicated by the ESPN report, there is a preliminary agreement in place between the Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins and McNabb to trade the veteran quarterback to Minnesota.
And, earlier today, NBC Sports reported that “the Redskins' trade of Donovan McNabb to the Vikings in exchange for a 2012 sixth-round pick and conditional sixth-rounder in 2013 is complete.”
Negotiations were held up due to “contract parameters” such as the $10 million option bonus owed to McNabb by the Redskins.
McNabb is the likely starting quarterback for Minnesota, but that is not guaranteed. He will compete against rookie Christian Ponder, a star quarterback for Florida State, who was drafted by the Vikings in April with the 12th overall pick.
Before the deal between the Vikings and McNabb was sealed, Ponder tweeted the following, according to ESPN: "Excited to have McNabb join. Will learn a lot from a Pro Bowler. But that doesn't mean I'm not still fighting to start week 1!"
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