The Cowboys will not claim McNabb

It looks like it might be the Chicago Bears or bust for former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Last week, the Dallas Cowboys put a waiver claim on Kyle Orton -- he was eventually awarded to the Kansas City Chiefs. The Cowboys only put the claim on Orton so as to stop the Chicago Bears from acquiring him.

With Donovan McNabb set to clear waivers today at 3 p.m. CT, it was assumed by some the Cowboys would do the same with the recently waived veteran. Yet Dallas coach Jason Garrett said the team will not be putting a claim in for McNabb.

"Obviously we've competed against Donovan a lot when he was a quarterback for the Eagles and he's been a great player for a long, long time and the same thing with Sage, in a different role," said Garrett. "He's been a veteran player who has played for 10-12 years now and really done a nice job with the role he has been in. But right now, we're going to just stand pat with where we are when we evaluate our quarterback situation."

The team's plans were confirmed by owner/general manager Jerry Jones.

"Donovan has not really been in this system, so that's kind of where that is, and that's all I would say about that," Jones said Friday morning on his weekly radio show on KRLD-FM.

Another team in need of a veteran signal caller is the Houston Texans, yet they've also said they are not interested. Which leaves the Bears.

McNabb has a lot of playoff experience, light-years more than current backup Josh McCown. With Jay Cutler admitting this week he could be out for the year, the team is in a very desperate situation. McNabb is far from the player he once was but if Caleb Hanie gets hurt or continues to falter, the Bears would very likely feel more comfortable putting McNabb on the field than they would McCown.

And it appears the club has little competition for his services, which makes it all the more likely McNabb will be coming home this weekend.

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