By: Miranda Remaklus
The Vikings wanted a veteran quarterback and they got one in Donovan McNabb.
According to NFL.com, on Friday, the Vikings sent a 2012 sixth-round draft pick and a conditional 2013 sixth-rounder to the Redskins for McNabb.
According to NFL.com, with first-round draft pick Christian Ponder already in the mix as the quarterback of the future for the Vikings and 34-year-old McNabb coming off a down year with the Redskins, many wondered if there would be an open competition for the starting job in training camp.
McNabb nor the Vikings want no part of a competition. McNabb is their man for 2011.
“When you trade for a guy who has been a starter for 12 years, you’re not bringing him in here to be a backup,” McNabb said, according to NFL.com. “You’re bringing him in here to win now.”
The trade by the Redskins could be considered a second fresh start for McNabb in as many years. After spending more than a decade with the Philadelphia Eagles, McNabb was signed by the Washington Redskins last season with lots of promise. The quarterbacks season, however, fizzled.
“We’ve signed him hoping he’s going to be our starting quarterback, barring some unforeseen circumstances,” Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier said of McNabb, according to NFL.com. “He looks great. He’s everything I thought he would be in our conversations, and I fully expect him to go out and lead our football team to the 2011 season.”
In other moves for the Vikings: