Don’t count out Donovan McNabb yet.
He has been working with quarterbacks coach George Whitfield during the offseason. McNabb says that he is in great shape and has lost 15 to 20 pounds, although he also would not admit that he had ever been out of shape.
“It’s not really about that,” McNabb said on SportsCenter. “Because for me, people may have seen how strong I look. And they kind of equated that to ‘he may be out of shape,’ or whatever. But now that I’m lighter, people now all of a sudden say ‘well oh, now he’s in shape.’ I’ve been in shape.”
McNabb says that he really doesn’t care where he plays and has a full list of 32 NFL teams, of which none have made a move for the 35-year old.
McNabb’s career peaked during his 11 seasons with the Philadelphia Eagles, where he earned six Pro Bowl selections, and led the team to the NFC championship game five times, including an appearance in Super Bowl XXXIX.
But he was traded to the Washington Redskins on Easter in 2010, and he struggled in Washington, throwing 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions before he was benched for Rex Grossman late in the season. This came a few weeks after he signed a six-year, $78 million contract extension.
He was then traded to the Minnesota Vikings last July, and he opened the season as Minnesota’s starter. But he led the Vikings to just one victory in six games before he was benched for first round draft pick Christian Ponder. He was released in December and has not had a team since.
Speculation has arisen over the past year or so that the Eagles may bring back McNabb as the backup quarterback to Michael Vick but I just don’t see it happening. The overly criticized quarterback will likely not be signed by any team, if you ask me.