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Donovan McNabb Cut by Vikings, Hometown Bears May Snap Him Up
Another high-profile quarterback is available on the NFL’s waiver wire as the Minnesota Vikings have cut Donovan McNabb, at his request, and already the speculation is that the Bears will claim the Chicago native in hopes he can fill their quarterback spot with Jay Cutler out possibly for the season due to a broken thumb.
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The waiver system works in inverse order of records, meaning the worst teams get first shot at McNabb. This is why Kansas City got Kyle Orton when he was cut last week by Denver even though Orton, a former Bear, was also claimed by Dallas and Chicago – the Chiefs had the worst record of the three. The other team in desperate need of a quarterback is Houston, which has lost Matt Schaub and backup Matt Leinart to season-ending injuries. The Texans, who lead the AFC South as they attempt to reach their first postseason, will be starting rookie T.J. Yates this week against the Falcons. But Houston apparently doesn’t have enough money available under the cap to claim McNabb, who’d cost $1.5 million. The Bears do.
Chicago is starting inexperienced Caleb Hanie this week against the Chiefs; Hanie threw three picks last week against Oakland in his first NFL start as the Bears lost. At worse, McNabb would be an upgrade over Chicago backup QB Josh McCown, the player the Bears signed last week after they learned they could not get Orton.
McNabb was benched after six starts with the Vikings, who decided to let rookie Christian Ponder take over. McNabb had an 82.9 passer rating for the year and threw only two interceptions. His next team would be his fourth in just two seasons. The Bears rank 24th on the waiver claim order list, up six spots from where they were before their loss to the Raiders. What’s significant is they are two spots ahead of the Texans, who are 26th. The Cowboys, however, still are ahead of the Bears at 21. Dallas has concerns behind Tony Romo and thus might claim McNabb as it did Orton.
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