National Football Authority
Published: 10-04-2011 14:31

The Minnesota Vikings have made no secret about the fact that they need a franchise quarterback, badly. Rumors of who will succeed Brett Favre in the Vikings huddle have been widespread lately.

If Leslie Frazier and Co. choose to fill the void via the NFL draft, the name that has been most associated with the Vikings is Washington’s Jake Locker. Lately though, that rumor has died down and another has taken its place.

Eric Edholm of Pro Football Weekly is reporting that the Vikings are seriously interested in trading for the Washington Redskins’ Donovan McNabb. The thought is that the Vikings will look to acquire someone for pennies on the dollar, and Edholm believes a conditional (based on McNabb’s performance) 2012 draft pick could do the trick for McNabb.

If McNabb did indeed get traded to the Vikings, it wouldn’t be the first time Frazier and McNabb have been on the same team. Frazier was hired by the Philadelphia Eagles to be their defensive backs coach in 1999, the same year McNabb was drafted. Considering how poorly McNabb has been treated over the past few years, I look for the potential reunion to be a determining factor in where he lands, if he has any say at all.

Now, let’s keep in mind McNabb will turn 35 this year; that leaves him with maybe one or two more productive seasons in the league. So, the Vikings would really need to fill the long term hole in this year’s draft. And seeing as it’s likely that both Cam Newton and Blaine Gabbert will be off the board when they select at No. 12 overall, finding someone like Locker, or TCU’s Andy Dalton, or Florida St.’s Christian Ponder in the second round would be a must.

For me, McNabb would be a great fit in Minnesota. But he’s only a stopgap until someone younger or better comes along.