MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Vikings and Redskins are engaged in trade discussions that would bring quarterback Donovan McNabb to Minnesota.
A person with knowledge of the discussions told the Associated Press on Wednesday that no deal has been completed, but that both sides were working to try to make it happen.
McNabb would have to agree to restructure the deal he signed with the Redskins.
McNabb would give the Vikings a veteran quarterback while they groom first-round draft pick Christian Ponder, who has already tweeted that he welcomes McNabb to the team but also plans to fight for the starting job.
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier talked with WCCO’s Sid Hartman about the possible addition this morning. Frazier says it’d be nice to have a veteran signal-caller.
“Just to have one around to kind of show the other guys what it’s like to play in the National Football League, the be able to be in meetings with them, to take them through practices,” he said.
The Vikings selected Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder with their first pick in this year’s NFL draft, and they also have Joe Webb, who saw some action when Brett Favre was injured late last season.
But not all fans are happy about the possible move.
“He’s terrible. He’s old. He’s always had seniority around him he’s always had great receivers around him. When he was with the Eagles and Washington, he sucked. He’s done,” said Tammy Wills, who was touring the Metrodome Wednesday morning.
“Donovan is a washed up quarterback with emotional problems and we don’t need him here, just like we didn’t need Brett Favre,” said another fan.
Others said they understand how he could be an asset to the team.
“It’s a reasonably decent option for us until we get the others up to speed,” said another fan.
The trade for McNabb has yet to be confirmed by the Vikings.
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Susie Jones Reports