Donovan Mcnabb Released
December 2, 2011 by staff
Donovan Mcnabb Released, The way the Minnesota Vikings have played this year and the benching of their quarterback Donovan McNabb in mid-October seemed to have created a bubble that finally burst on Thursday.
According to Jason La Canfora of NFL.com, the Vikings granted McNabb’s request to release him during practice. After McNabb took reps with the third team, he had a conversation with coach Leslie Frazier, and, soon after, the request was granted.
McNabb, who was traded from the Washington Redskins to the Vikings in the offseason to be their starter after the team didn’t offer an extension to Tarvaris Jackson, has been relatively overshadowed by rookie Christian Ponder ever since a gruesome 39-10 loss at the Chicago Bears in Week 6. McNabb’s fate as backup was truly sealed the week after when the Vikings played the Green Bay Packers, albeit a 33-27 loss. Ponder’s first career pass that game resulted in a Michael Jenkins 72-yard touchdown and, two plays later, the rookie hit Visanthe Shiancoe in the end zone for a short touchdown.
At the time of his benching, the long-time Philadelphia Eagle said he still had a lot of football left in him. Frazier, whose relationship with McNabb coincidentally dates back to their Philadelphia days, even lobbied for McNabb to be the Vikings starter, to bridge this summer’s lockout gap until Ponder was fully ready to take control rather than rebuild.
Nevertheless, today was a culmination of declining doubt in Frazier’s heart that McNabb wasn’t the answer after all and that Ponder, although he may have been thrown into the lions in his first start, was readier than previously thought.
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