Donovan McNabb hits a multi-spoke fork in the road

While we continue to wallow in shadows of a lockout, we also continue hear and speculate on the future of Donovan McNabb.  The subject of the 12-year veteran is an ugly one, but it greatly impacts the direction this team takes next season.

Some writers still speculate McNabb to Minnesota to “groom” Christian Ponder who the Vikings drafted 12th overall in the last draft.  This has been covered time and time again, and Minnesota would possibly be the best fit for him as they have plenty of pieces in place to conjure up a deep playoff run.  However, if they do have anything to learn I would be shy at getting another great yet aging quarterback.  A quarterback, who I may add, had an awful season last year.

Another idea that is being tossed around is the possibility of him just calling it quits and a career.  Geoff Mosher explains why he thinks this could be the end:

Make no mistake, McNabb’s career is spiraling toward its end. Last week, reports emerged from D.C. that McNabb had refused to wear a playsheet wristband last season for coach Mike Shanahan because he feared image ramifications.

This is a vintage McNabb controversy, one where his reputations on and off the field become intertwined.

In the past, McNabb’s superstar status could overshadow the clouds of controversy that thickened around him. He had the protective shell of Reid and his friends at the NovaCare Complex to make the mess go away.

But he’s no longer afforded that shield, not with a coaching staff that can’t wait to get rid of him when he can’t be considered the missing piece that transforms an average team into a Super Bowl contender.

Carolina, Jacksonville, Cincinnati, Minnesota and Tennessee each knew McNabb would be available once business was back, but each decided to cure its quarterback ills in the draft.

It’s still too early to tell, and for all intents and purposes he could still be here next year.  No one knows, no one will know for sure until this lockout is over.  Until then, McNabb will be kicked around like a beer can long emptied of its sweet taste and good feeling.

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