BBAO: Lots of 'ifs' in McNabb to Minnesota

We're Black and Blue All Over:

Periodically this offseason, we've heard rumors and seen reports that the Minnesota Vikings have (or will) target Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb as their next quarterback. McNabb appears unlikely to return to the Redskins and should be available via trade or after his release whenever the lockout ends.

Mike Jones of the Washington Post provides the latest installment. My guess is the Vikings would pursue McNabb only if they're unsatisfied with their draft haul next week. Coach Leslie Frazier has said on several occasions that the "ideal situation" is to draft a quarterback that he can start right away and thus accelerate the development process.

Bringing McNabb into a situation where there is an obvious heir in the wings would be far from ideal. And let's make clear that the long-standing connection many have made between McNabb and the Vikings -- the presence of former coach Brad Childress, McNabb's first quarterbacks coach in the NFL -- is no longer valid. Stay tuned.

Continuing around the NFC North: