CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 16: Donovan McNabb #5 of the Minnesota Vikings runs on the field during the game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on October 16, 2011 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Donovan McNabb Goes Unclaimed On Waiver Wire, Becomes Free Agent

Donovan McNabb went unclaimed on the waiver wire which means he's now a free agent.

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Donovan McNabb Goes Unclaimed Off Waiver Wire, According To Report

After the Minnesota Vikings released Donovan McNabb there was a thought that a few teams might be interested in his services as he hit the waiver wire including the Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.

As it turns out, nobody wanted him. According to Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune, McNabb was not claimed off the waiver wire.

This means he's now an unrestricted free agent eligible to sign with any team. If a team had claimed him, they'd also be claiming the roughly $1.5 million remaining on his contract.

This makes me wonder about McNabb. Will he play for any team this year? And will he play ever again? He's 36 years old and probably wants to be a starter, which is going to be hard to come by. Three teams -- Eagles, Redskins and now the Vikings -- have dumped him in the last two years which doesn't bode well for his future chances at a starting job. 

We'll see if anyone shows interest in McNabb for the final five weeks of the regular season. He still could make sense for a couple of those teams missing their starting quarterback (like the Texans or Bears), even in a non-starting role.

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Donovan McNabb To Bears Not Expected To Happen

The Minnesota Vikings released Donovan McNabb and, despite thinking a couple of teams might be interested, we're left wondering if anyone will claim him off the waiver wire. Among the early teams mentioned in connection with McNabb were the Dallas Cowboys, Houston Texans and Chicago Bears.

Reports out of Dallas say the Cowboys aren't likely to claim McNabb. They were considered one of the candidates because backup Jon Kitna is hurt and they already made a claim on Kyle Orton (who ultimately went to the Chiefs) last week.

The Texans also aren't interested in McNabb, despite their quarterback issues. Both Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart are out for the year so the team has turned to rookie T.J. Yates and backups Jake Delhomme and Kellen Clemens.

That leaves the Bears, who many folks thought would be interested in McNabb. According to Chris Mortensen, the Bears are not expected to show any interest in McNabb. Sounds like they'll continue rolling with Caleb Hanie after Jay Cutler's injury.

So will anyone pick up McNabb, off the waiver wire or in free agency?

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Cowboys 'Unlikely' To Claim Donovan McNabb Off Waiver Wire

The Minnesota Vikings released Donovan McNabb on Thursday which means the veteran quarterback hits the waiver wire where every team will have an opportunity to claim him and his contract. Shortly after his release, we speculated that three teams could consider a claim on McNabb -- Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Houston Texans.

The Texans reportedly aren't interested even though they're down to their third quarterback, rookie T.J. Yates. Houston signed Kellen Clemens and Jake Delhomme in the last two weeks.

Now another team reportedly isn't interested in McNabb. Matt Mosley of FOX Sports SW reports that the Cowboys are not expected to put a claim in on McNabb.

But a source told FoxSportsSouthwest.com that McNabb would not be a good fit for Jason Garrett's offense and it was unlikely the Cowboys would put in a claim for him once he's placed on waivers.

So that's that. The Bears are the only team remaining on our initial list of candidates but there's been speculation that McNabb may not even be a fit there. The deadline to claim him comes at 4:00 p.m. (ET).

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Donovan McNabb Pitches Himself To New Teams

Donovan McNabb requested his release from the Minnesota Vikings this week and they gave it to him which means the veteran quarterback now hits the waiver wire. Following his release, McNabb went on ESPN's SportsCenter to discuss his exit from Minnesota as well as his next step.

ESPN's Jay Harris asked McNabb what he could bring to a new team and he said, among other things:

"You're getting a veteran that can bring experience. Athletic ability. Not a locker room cancer."    

Will that be enough to convince a team like the Chicago Bears or Dallas Cowboys to make a run at him? Both of those teams issued claims on Kyle Orton (who went to the Chiefs) so they're among two of the teams that many think could issue a claim.

The waiver wire will end at 4:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday by which point we should know which team, if any claimed McNabb. 

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Donovan McNabb Said To Be Out Of Shape

Just how much can Donovan McNabb help a team desperate for a quarterback? That remains to be seen, but if one report is accurate, McNabb’s impact may be limited by his physical condition. Tom Pelissero of ESPN radio in the Twin Cities notes that McNabb is not in the best of shape.

McNabb was out of shape when he showed up and fell even more out of shape once he got benched. All a matter of who’s desperate enough.
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McNabb has had to defend accusations about his work ethic in the past. He figures to again tonight when he makes a 6 p.m. appearance on ESPN.

Many assume that McNabb will land with the Chicago Bears, searching for a quarterback with Jay Cutler’s status for the season in doubt. McNabb’s experience in Andy Reid’s West Coast Offense, and Leslie Frazier’s version of it in Minnesota, might not be a natural translation to the system Mike Martz uses in Chicago, as mentioned previously.

On his way out of the Vikings locker room, McNabb stopped to get an autograph from running back Adrian Peterson.

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Donovan McNabb To Texans Not Expected To Happen

The Minnesota Vikings will release Donovan McNabb on Thursday afternoon and, like the Kyle Orton situation last week, there could be a number of teams interested in adding McNabb off the waiver wire. Among those teams are the Houston Texans.

They're down to their third quarterback, rookie T.J. Yates, after both Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart went down with season-ending injuries. 

So, would the Texans have interest in issuing a claim on McNabb?

The Houston Chronicle says that's not happening. The Texans currently have Yates, Jake Delhomme and Kellen Clemens on the roster. John McClain points out that the Texans don't even have the cap space right now to pick up McNabb.

So that's one name out. Other teams to keep an eye on include the Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys.

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Donovan McNabb Released; Bears, Cowboys Or Texans Could Make Sense

Veteran Donovan McNabb reportedly requested his release from the Minnesota Vikings and the team will comply with his wish by officially making the move on Thursday. This puts McNabb on the waiver wire which means any team (ranked from worst to best record) can claim him and the rest of his $1.5 million contract. 

Like Kyle Orton on the waiver wire last week, we can expect plenty of rumors to start circulating regarding McNabb's next destination. Taking what we know from the Orton situation, I believe there are three candidates to consider issuing a claim on McNabb -- Dallas Cowboys, Chicago Bears and Houston Texans

Chicago and Houston have injuries to their starting quarterback while the Cowboys, who hold waiver priority over both teams, are dealing with an injury to their backup quarterback.

It's hard to project where McNabb will go, or exactly how many team(s) will be interested, but the fact that the Vikings agreed to release him suggests there's at least one team out there that will claim him because the only way Minnesota benefits is if another team picks up the rest of his contract this year. McNabb might be able to help a team down the stretch but, frankly, Orton might be better or as good at this stage in their respective careers so McNabb may not draw as much interest as he did.

The Cowboys are set at starting quarterback with Tony Romo but backup Jon Kitna is currently out with an injury. That's apparently what caused Dallas to put a claim in on Orton so you have to think they'll consider McNabb, even if it's simply to block him for Chicago, an NFC playoff contender.

The Bears are probably the most popular destination for McNabb for a number of reasons. First, they lost Jay Cutler for what could be the entire season and they're now starting Caleb Hanie, who had his first career start last week (in a loss). Second, they put a claim in on Kyle Orton so you know they're willing to upgrade at quarterback. Third, Chicago is McNabb's home city, which doesn't necessarily mean anything because it's not his choice whether a team claims him, but it does show a willingness by him to play there. That said, there's some concern that McNabb may not be familiar enough with the Bears offense for them to make a claim.

Finally, the Texans are down to their third quarterback, rookie T.J. Yates. They've lost their top two quarterbacks -- Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart -- to season-ending injuries in the last two weeks. They're leading the AFC South and currently hold the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoff picture and their depth chart includes Yates, Jake Delhomme and Kellen Clemens. The Texans really have it all -- weapons in the passing game, strong rushing attack and one of the top defenses in the NFL. In terms of places McNabb would be most likely to succeed, I'd pick Houston.

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Donovan McNabb Released By Vikings, Hits The Waiver Wire

The Vikings granted Donovan McNabb's request to be released and the veteran QB now hits the waiver wire.

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