VU Daily Blog: 4/5/10

Quarterbacks dominated the VU Daily Blog on Monday, as reaction to the Donovan McNabb trade continued and the Vikings prepared for their predraft visits to Winter Park. Take a spin around through all kinds of Vikings news and analysis with's blog.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 05, 2010 at 4:46:00 PM

McNabb not a likely Viking in 2011

As soon as Donovan McNabb was traded to the Washington Redskins on Sunday, the first thing many Vikings fans wanted to know was if he had signed a contract extension. To this point, he hasn't, but it sounds as if one will be coming soon.

According to multiple reports (or tweets), McNabb and the Redskins are closing in on a long-term deal.

"Donovan McNabb's agent is ‘hopeful' and ‘optimistic' a contract extension will get done. In other words, it's in the works and will happen," tweets Jason Reid of the Washington Post (via Pro Football Talk).

McNabb's current contract calls for at least an $11.2 million payday in 2011, but that blow could be softened if he comes to terms on a multi-year deal. If no extension is reached, he would become a free agent in 2011, the same year Brett Favre's contract expires, which is why Vikings fans should have an interest in these developments in D.C.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 05, 2010 at 3:29:00 PM

Tebow not among Vikings visits

The Vikings can bring up to 30 NFL prospects to Winter Park on Tuesday and Wednesday, but Tim Tebow is not expected to be among them.

The former Florida quarterback is scheduled to visit Cleveland on Tuesday and Washington on Thursday and Friday, according to ESPN.

Vikings vice president of player personnel Rick Spielman attended Florida's pro day last month, where Tebow unveiled a new throwing motion that seemed to impress most in attendance. Spielman likely already has enough information on Tebow to make an informed draft decision on one of the most popular and polarizing college football players in decades.

Spielman gave Tebow's character a vote of confidence at the NFL Scouting Combine in February, and another team source said he would never bet against Tebow's work ethic.

"I don't think there is any question about heart, leadership, character, football player – all that stuff," Spielman said. "This is all kind of unchartered territory too. Whatever hiccups people have that you guys have read and the draft experts … you read about his mechanical flaws, if you want to put it that way, you're going to go see if they are correctable and if he's a good fit for potentially a team at quarterback."

The Star Tribune reports that the Vikings will be bringing in former Williams & Mary QB R.J. Archer as one of their predraft visits.

Archer didn't attend the Scouting Combine and hasn't made the radar of most draft sites, including's quarterback rankings, but it shows the level of scouting that NFL teams go through. It could be another instance of the Vikings scouting all the way down to the undrafted rookies.


Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 05, 2010 at 1:20:00 PM

Reports: McNabb refused Oakland, Vikings weren't top pick

After reports last week indicating that former Eagles QB Donovan McNabb had the Vikings as his first choice if he were to be traded away from Philadelphia, Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post, who apparently considers himself friends with McNabb, says the Vikings weren't at the top of the wish list.

Jason Cole of contends that McNabb refused to talk with any other teams that were interested in trading for him other than the Washington Redskins.

"McNabb, who is in the final year of his deal, made this happen by making it clear he wasn't going anywhere else but Washington," Cole wrote. "When the Buffalo Bills expressed interest – and even were willing to give McNabb a contract extension – he passed on the offer. When the Oakland Raiders sniffed around and showed willingness to trade for the quarterback without an extension, McNabb indicated to the Eagles through his associates that he'd retire."

Is this a bit of the revenge factor that we experienced with Brett Favre and his eventual trip from Green Bay to Minnesota? Possibly so, but it's interesting to note that McNabb and the Redskins apparently didn't have any talks about a contract extension before the trade, which could put the quarterback on the free-agent market next year at the same time that Favre's contract would expire if he returns to Minnesota in 2010.

McNabb and Favre are two of the NFL's three winningest quarterbacks since 2000 – with Tom Brady being the other – and it's possible the Vikings could be deciding between them again next year.


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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Monday, April 05, 2010 at 7:58:00 AM

Talking McNabb contract and trade value

The Washington Redskins made the bold move that the Vikings were unwilling to do – at least at this time while they wait out Brett Favre – by trading for QB Donovan McNabb. But what about the future? It's possible McNabb coming to Minnesota is just being delayed, not completely shot down with his trade to the Redskins.

The Vikings held the power to make a McNabb move just days ago. If they had interest in him for 2010, they surely could have made the move by offering up their No. 30 overall pick (and something else) to the Eagles and Childress confidante Andy Reid and it would have been a done deal. Instead, the Vikings continue to wait on Favre's decision and the Eagles accepted the No. 37 overall pick this year from the Redskins and either a third- or fourth-round pick next year, depending on performance.

According to the draft value chart, the Vikings' 30th overall pick this year is worth 620 points. The second-round pick the Redskins gave away is worth 530 points. Taking into account a third- or fourth-round pick for 2011 (a mid-third-round pick is worth 190 points and mid-fourth-round is worth 70), the Vikings might have had to have thrown in a fourth-round pick as well to make a McNabb trade happen.

Now, however, it's McNabb and the Redskins that hold the power with any future dealings that Childress might consider with his former pupil. McNabb is in the final year of his contract and could elect to play it out and see how 2010 goes with Washington before deciding if he wants to sign an extension or potentially test the free-agent market. However, that could be a risky move considering there is no long-term CBA in place. If there is a labor stoppage and McNabb didn't sign an extension to give him more money now, it's possible he wouldn't get as good of a deal next year. It's also possible the Redskins could consider franchising him, which in this year's dollars would have cost $16.4 million – more than $5 million more than McNabb is scheduled to make this year and more than $3 million more than Favre is scheduled to make in 2010.

With the contracts of both Favre and McNabb currently set to expire after the 2010 season, this won't be the last we hear about the possibilities of McNabb in Minnesota next year – at least until he signs a potential extension with the Redskins.


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