On the same day that the Vikings lost Sidney Rice to the Seattle Seahawks, they completed the trade details to acquire Donovan McNabb from the Washington Redskins.
The deal is now complete, according to ESPN, and will be announced Thursday or Friday. The Vikings gave up a sixth-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft and a conditional sixth-round pick in 2013, depending on McNabb's performance this year, according to FOXSports.com's Jay Glazer.
The Vikings and Redskins agreed to terms of the deal on Tuesday night, but it was contingent on the Vikings being able to rework a contract he restructured last year after signing with the Washington Redskins. McNabb carried a huge cap number for the Redskins, who benched him twice last year, and they were either going to trade him or release him before a reported $10 million bonus payment was due. With the Vikings showing interest, Washington got what it could for the former Pro Bowler.
Last year, however, McNabb played like anything but a Pro Bowler. In 13 games played, he completed 58.3 percent of his passes for 3,377 yards, 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in his first season with the Redskins under head coach Mike Shanahan.
While the completion percentage last year was similar to his career numbers with the Philadelphia Eagles, he has 230 career touchdowns and 115 interceptions.
It was in Philadelphia that McNabb experienced his success. In 11 seasons there, he brought the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games (following the 2001-04 and 2008 seasons) and one Super Bowl.
With the Vikings, he will be starting over in a new offense under coordinator Bill Musgrave, who is in his first season with the team, but the coaching staff isn't all foreign to McNabb. Head coach Leslie Frazier was with the Eagles from 1999-02, some of McNabb's best years.
The Vikings have been looking for a quarterback to bridge the transition to when rookie first-round draft pick Christian Ponder is ready for the starting job, and with the lockout Ponder's first practice with the Vikings won't take place until their first training camp practice on Monday. McNabb, however, won't be able to practice with the Vikings until the new collective bargaining agreement is ratified, which is expected to be Aug. 4.
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