Notebook: McNabb expects to play in 2012

Donovan McNabb thinks he'll be an NFL player by the start of the regular season and Tarvaris Jackson's lack of improvement could have him losing another starting job.

Donovan McNabb expects to be on an NFL roster by the start of the 2012 season.

The 35-year-old has worked this offseason with quarterback coach George Whitfield, who helped train 2011 No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, and dropped 15-20 pounds. He estimated in an interview with NBC SportsTalk that there's an "80 to 90 percent" chance that he'll be on a team by September.

"I have about three teams that I'm looking at," McNabb said.

The third overall pick in 1999, McNabb has been jettisoned by three teams in the past two seasons. He was dealt from the Eagles to the Redskins in 2010 and started 13 games but had 15 interceptions and 14 touchdowns, was publicly criticized by coach Mike Shanahan and landed with the Vikings. He started only six games before rookie Christian Ponder was inserted as the starter in Minnesota.

McNabb does accept that he'll likely only return to the NFL in a backup capacity.

He wasn't signed when the Vikings released him last season despite several teams -- including Chicago, Dallas and Kansas City -- facing injury questions at the quarterback position.

"I think teams are looking at what they have. They're evaluating their young quarterbacks, their backup situation," McNabb said. "Obviously, their starters they feel very confident in, but if things were to go wrong in training camp, or maybe the competition isn't where they need it to be, they'll obviously pick up the phone and call.

Seahawks QB situation creating questions

Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has said that Tarvaris Jackson, Matt Flynn and Russell Wilson will wage a legitimate competition for the No. 1 spot, but it was reported in recent days that the incumbent would go to camp next month atop the depth chart.

The reaction that Jackson will get the No. 1 snaps, at least at the outset of camp, has generated mixed reactions both inside and outside of the Seattle organization. The six-year veteran definitely has supporters in the locker room and on the staff as well, but even some people in his corner privately question if Jackson can elevate his game at age 29.

Jackson was 7-7 as a starter in 2011, is .500 in his 34 career starts, has a sub-60 percent completion rate, a passer rating of only 77.7 and only a few more touchdown passes than interceptions (38-35).

Also notable is that Jackson has been with the same coordinator for all six years of his career, Darrell Bevell – five seasons in Minnesota and one in Seattle – and hasn't demonstrated marked improvement in that time. In general, the kind of continuity Jackson has enjoyed at coordinator leads to improvement, but that hasn't been the case.

To Carroll's credit, it doesn't look like finances will play a big part in the competition, even though Flynn will make twice as much ($8 million in total compensation as part of his three-year, $19.5 million free agent deal, to Jackson's $4 million) for 2012. But even with Carroll's run-first philosophy, the NFL has become a quarterback league, and Jackson might be little more than just a No. 2 guy.

In fact, The Sports Xchange has confirmed that at least one free agent pursued this spring by the Seahawks dropped the team from consideration because of his questions about the team's quarterback situation moving forward.

-- Len Pasquarelli

Lions give Schwartz contract extension

The Detroit Lions gave coach Jim Schwartz a multiyear contract extension after leading the team to a 10-6 record and playoff appearance last year.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Detroitlions.com reported the new deal, citing a league source.

Schwartz took over a 0-16 team after the 2008 season. In his three years as Detroit's coach, the Lions have gone 2-14, 6-10 and 10-6. He was entering the final year of a four-year contract.

Schwartz has said repeatedly in the past that he does not comment on his contract.


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