Donovan McNabb says he is pretty sure that he will play for a team in the NFL during the 2012 season, but he declined to say if he has received any interest from a team to this point.
After playing for the Philadelphia Eagles, Washington Redskins and Minnesota Vikings, McNabb is looking for a fourth team to help him continue his career, although struggling heavily with his last two teams, will anyone give the 35-year-old one more chance to earn a roster spot, and possibly even take a few snaps?
McNabb says he is about 80-90 percent sure that he will play this season, and has reportedly is looking at three different teams for that opportunity. But who could those three teams possibly be?
Having dropped roughly 20 pounds, McNabb told NBC SportsTalk that the teams in which he is looking the most seriously at all “have a solid running game, weapons on the outside, a defense that’s been playing well and playing well together, and that’s ready to win right now.”
Alright. Time to dissect.
Count out his three former teams. That would never happen. While we’re at it, count out all the teams within those two divisions. Next, count out teams with weaker defenses, suspect running games, and teams who have built together more recently.
Next, eliminate any team with an elite quarterback and solid back up as well as teams looking to develop a young QB without adding more pressure and a media circus to the situation.
If you do all of that, that brings us down to about four teams.
The Arizona Cardinals come to mind. Kevin Kolb will compete with John Skelton, and it would be nice to see McNabb and Kolb battle it out one more time. With Larry Fitzgerald and newly drafted Michael Floyd, the Cards have the weapons in place.
Next up are the Pittsburgh Steelers. Ben Roethlisberger is the starter, although has a propensity to miss a few games and has two aging and also injury prone back ups in Charlie Batch and Byron Leftwich.
That leaves us with two more options.
The Houston Texans have Matt Schaub and T.J. Yates, but lost Matt Leinart, creating a possible opening. The other qualifications McNabb mentioned are all in place.
Finally, I see the Baltimore Ravens as the final team McNabb may be hoping to take a look at next season. Joe Flacco is under contract for one more season, but Curtis Painter proved he is not the best option on the bench.
And if I had to add one dark horse to the mix, it may be the Kansas City Chiefs. Matt Cassel and Brady Quinn are all well and good, but the team could be looking to add one more player under center.
Time will tell if any of those or any other teams express a mutual interest in signing McNabb.
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