1500ESPN: Vikings had demoted McNabb

We'll know at about 4 p.m. ET whether the Chicago Bears have claimed veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb on waivers. For those who think McNabb could help the Bears or another playoff-caliber team down the stretch, it's worth checking out Tom Pelissero's report over on 1500ESPN.com.

According to Pelissero, the Vikings demoted McNabb to No. 3 on the depth chart earlier this week behind rookie Christian Ponder and second-year player Joe Webb. When told the arrangement was permanent, McNabb asked the team to place him on waivers.

It makes sense for a 2-9 team to move younger players up the depth chart as they play out the string, and obviously McNabb had no future with the Vikings. But it's telling that the Vikings promoted Webb even as they were planning to experiment with him more often as a wide receiver.

Ideally, McNabb would have remained the No. 2 quarterback so that Webb could focus on those duties. Apparently, the Vikings didn't feel comfortable doing so.