Apr 19, 2011
While the NFL and its players return to mediation today, we will instead focus on football. Could McNabb head to Minnesota? Could the London game actually take place in Tampa? We are on the edge of our seats waiting to find out.
A new home for McNabb? … We’ll take any chance we can get to talk free agency/trades, even if it’s all speculation at this point.
Everyone’s sick of the understandable but tiring “all lockout, all the time” NFL news cycle, so let’s take some time to speculate on the future of Donovan McNabb. A year ago, the long-time Eagle QB was surprisingly dealt within the division to the Redskins to make room for Kevin Kolb. Well, now Kolb might be on his way out of Philly, Michael Vick is the new star, and McNabb fell behind Rex Grossman of all people in Washington. It’s hard to imagine McNabb will return to Washington next season, and given the unsettled QB situations across the NFL, he should have plenty of suitors despite a lousy 2010 season. Arizona and Miami would be among the logical destinations, as would Minnesota. The Washington Post reports that, yes, the Vikings are interested in McNabb, and they’ve long been thought of as a potential destination because of former Eagle OC Brad Childress. Of course, Childress is no longer coaching the Vikings, but the team is in desperate need of a QB with Tarvaris Jackson likely done, Joe Webb not the full-time answer, and Brett Favre presumably riding a tractor in Mississippi. Ideally, the Vikings could bring in McNabb and draft someone like Jake Locker to develop for the future. The ideal scenario rarely actually happens, especially for a team like the Vikings, but with so many holes on the team, they need to find something at quarterback. McNabb would be a solid fix, at least until a rookie QB is ready to take over in a year or so.
London Calling … To distract you from the gigantic mess that is a lockout and a court battle in America’s most popular sport, the NFL will release its 2011 schedule tonight at 7 p.m. on NFL Network. [Insert jokes about releasing a schedule for a season that might not happen here.] What we already know is that the Chicago Bears and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will travel to London’s Wembley Stadium for a 1 p.m. ET kickoff on October 23 in this year’s American football game across the pond. Out of respect for our British allies, the NFL apparently decided to send two real teams to the U.K. after delivering the 49ers and Broncos last season. However, the NFL also set a lockout deadline for the game, saying the game will be played in Tampa instead of London if the labor situation isn’t resolved by August 1. So there you go. That’s all the incentive we need to end the lockout, right? There’s no more NFL Europe. How could we possibly deprive the British people of LeGarrette Blount and Earl Bennett?
- Once again, mediation starts back up today after a long weekend off. While DeMaurice Smith will not be in attendance in Judge Arthur Boylan’s chamber, Cowboy owner Jerry Jones will grace everyone with his presence. We all know how well that went last time.