Rumors abound about Donovan McNabb over the past 7 days. From Wristband-gate (someone needs to stop the “-gate” thing. Seriously) to retirement to Bernard Hopkins’ comments, McNabb has been in the news. A lot. Maybe too much. Much ado about a bench player, right?
The good news for McNabb is that he has options. The Redskins may as well, if they want to hang on to him. The lockout works in McNabb’s favor this time. He probably would like to go to a Super Bowl contending team, giving himself one more chance to grab the ring that has eluded him. Nice idea, but there aren’t any contenders with unsettled quarterback situations, are there?
And no, Minnesota does not count.
McNabb’s best chance may be to wait a while. Sit tight, let the lockout resolve itself, and see what happens. As much as we as fans would want to believe that every NFL player out there is practicing hard, keeping themselves in shape without their team constantly monitoring their time off, I just don’t see that as a realistic view.
Would you be shocked to find out that Jay Cutler, for instance, has not been going 100% to get himself ready for the season? Big Ben? Well, maybe Ben is working hard on a different kind of six pack.
My point is simply that injuries happen in a normal NFL season. This season is going to be far from normal. Let’s say they get something negotiated over the month of July, and training camps and preseason gets pushed back a couple of weeks. Without the constant off season workouts, I would not be surprised to see quite a few players show up not in game shape at all.
That’s when injuries happen.
If McNabb bides his time and waits, there could be multiple jobs open up like never before. If the Skins have already cut him, he could go wherever he thought was the best fit. If the Skins hang on to him, they could have a valuable trade piece to get some O-Line help or some more draft picks for next year.