In eleven seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, Donovan McNabb represented the team in six NFL Pro Bowls, he led the team to multiple playoff appearances as well as a Super Bowl. He’ll always be remembered as one of the best Eagles of all-time. The former second overall pick has been working at his craft trying to turn heads of NFL executives and land himself on a roster after a few disappointing seasons with the Washington Redskins and the Minnesota Vikings where he ultimately was granted a wish for his release after losing the starting job when the team decided to move on with then-rookie Christian Ponder.
McNabb told the USA Today “I’m in great shape, dropped 15-20 pounds, But again, it’s not really about that. Because for me, people may have seen how strong I looked, and they kind of (assumed I was) maybe out of shape or whatever. But now that I’m lighter, people all of a sudden (are saying), ‘Well, he’s in shape.’ I’ve been in shape.” He said that he stays motivated and everything in the past is just that – in the past. “I mean if I go to NFC Championships, Pro Bowls, it doesn’t matter. That’s behind (me). And one thing I think you have to be in this game that we call football is, you have to have short-term memory.” said McNabb.
Right now he’s available via free agency and he’s looking to get suited up for a team, hopefully before the full swing of things entering the season. Some think that he can go into a system and play right away, maybe not at a starting level, but he can at least add the depth needed at the position because we see so many starters go down throughout the season, leaving the team with a backup that might not be the answer. I personally think that McNabb still has game in him, the system in Washington was not that of McNabb’s skillsets, and his time in Minnesota was dwindled by the lack of offseason activities due to the lockout. Pat Kirwan of SiriusXM NFL Radio thinks that McNabb will get picked up by a team – but not until they lose their starter in the season and have to reach for desperation.
Eagles Head Coach Andy Reid said on NFL Network’s Total Access Monday that he’d recommend McNabb to any team that came calling saying “I tell them to take him, I still think he can play. I think the world of him, and we had some great years together here. I’m always wishing him the best and a fan of his. I got a chance to see him at Brian Dawkins’ retirement (ceremony). He looks good. He looks physically good. He looks like he could go out and play tomorrow. I would highly recommend (him).”
As I mentioned, I think McNabb still has it in him. If you take a look at teams that can at least use a backup, he’d be a great fit even if it was to mentor a young guy. He’s had a great career thus far, and his work ethic is still there. He doesn’t believe his career is over, and quite frankly he shouldn’t. In his last season as an Eagle, he threw for over 3,500 yards and 22 touchdowns with a 92.9 passer rating while leading the Eagles to an 11-5 record and a playoff berth before being thrown into an unfit system in Washington where he still accumulated for 3,300 yards and 14 touchdowns as well as signing a five-year $78 million dollar extension to stay with the team before they decided to move on to “evaluate” Rex Grossman.
Maybe the Eagles should take a chance with him. He’s been there, the fans love him, he knows the offense, Reid recommends him, Michael Vick has a hard time making it through a full season and Trent Edwards, yes, Trent Edwards is slated as the backup.
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Sports-Kings Senior NFL Columnist – Justin Arbogast