The Vikings and Redskins have agreed on the parameters of a trade for quarterback Donovan McNabb. According to FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer, the Vikings have agreed to give up a 2012 sixth-round pick and a conditional 2013 sixth-round pick in order to obtain McNabb from the Redskins. However, the deal is contingent on McNabb and the Vikings being able to work out a lesser contract than the one he currently holds with the Redskins.
The 2013 sixth-round pick is contingent on the McNabb's performance in 2011.
The Vikings have given indications all along that they were interested in acquiring a veteran quarterback, but McNabb's contract was especially prohibitive. His current contract calls for $12.5 million in 2011 money and much of that is due in a bonus if he remains with the Redskins. The Vikings are surely looking for McNabb to renegotiate that number down, and the deal could hinge on how far down he is willing to go.
Back in April, Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman was asked about the possibility of trading for McNabb, but due to the terms of the lockout teams couldn't discuss trades or talk to players.
"We're not saying anything because we can't talk about a player on another roster and we can't do any business and I know we haven't. We haven't even discussed it," Spielman said when asked about McNabb three months ago.
Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier, who coached in Philadelphia when McNabb was there, also declined to get into specifics back in April.
"You really can't get into speculation about other people's players at other teams, so you can't even go down that road," Frazier said. "Hopefully things will fall how they should for the Minnesota Vikings at 12 or whatever pick we use."
Of course, the Vikings used that 12th pick on rookie quarterback Christian Ponder, but with the lockout eliminating all of the offseason practices, the Vikings can't be sure what they have in Ponder. But they also would like to get him into the starting lineup as soon as they believe he is ready, which could be another point of contention as the team reportedly negotiates with McNabb.
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