Quarterback Donovan McNabb plans a return to the NFL but that will only happen if a team is willing to take a chance on him. He claims there is “an 80 to 90 percent chance” he will be taking snaps under center for a team this season.
“I do want to play,” McNabb said. “The most important thing is I have about three teams I’m looking at. We won’t name those three teams.”
I personally do not see why a team would take a chance on McNabb after what he showed last season with the Minnesota Vikings. The 35-year-old played just six games before the team realized their mistake and released him. McNabb tried to get picked up by another team but no one had any use for him, which forced the former Pro Bowler to sit out the rest of the season.
“I think teams are evaluating what they have. They are looking at their young quarterbacks, their backup situation. 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 would obviously pick up the phone and call,” McNabb said. “Being an older player, I am focusing on strengthening my body as well as my mind.”
That does not sound like 80 to 90 percent to me that sounds like McNabb is waiting for a miracle to happen. Sure, something could go horribly wrong in training camp with one of the 32 NFL teams, but odds are even if that happens they are not going to hire McNabb.
I thought he had a chance to resurrect his career with the Vikings after crash and burning with the Washington Redskins but clearly, I was mistaken. Do not get me wrong, McNabb was a solid quarterback in the NFL for a long time. He put the Philadelphia Eagles in position to play for a Lombardi Trophy for the better half of a decade. On the other hand, he was also a big reason why they only went to one Super Bowl and lost it.
The real question is not whether McNabb is going to return to football, but rather, if he is going to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 13 NFL seasons, he has 37,276 passing yards, 234 touchdowns, 117 interceptions, and a career passer rating of 85.6.
“Even these last two years, when people may look at it and say, ‘Oh, he’s done, or whatever.’ I’m 34, 35 years old, but still, I played at the pinnacle, I played at the highest level of my career. I played there,” McNabb said. “And I would vote for myself for the Hall of Fame.”
It is certainly debatable if the voters would elect him in, especially considering he is missing the hardware to give him the extra edge. As for returning to the gridiron, it seems the only way McNabb plays for a team this season is if there is an injury or a team is desperate for a veteran to be around the young guys.