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McNabb says he just wants to compete

Green Bay Packers v Minnesota Vikings

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 23: Donovan McNabb #5 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on from the sidelines in the first quarter of the game against the Green Bay Packers on October 23, 2011 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

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Free-agent quarterback Donovan McNabb has been available to be signed by any team for more than two months. But no one has signed him, and no one seems to be interested in signing him.

McNabb joined Sports Radio 610 in Houston recently to discuss his plans for a sport that seems to have no plans for him.

“I think the most important [thing] for me is just to have an opportunity to come in and compete,” McNabb said. “Come in as a starter, yes, that’s great. I have no problem with that, but in certain situations obviously being a 35-year-old quarterback and people want to look into your past, the last two years, they want to nitpick a couple things. Well, I just want an opportunity to compete. Go into a team with a solid defense, a run game, and with some weapons on the outside. That’s something that I’m accustomed to, being obviously in Philadelphia. And the two teams I’ve been on [Washington and Minnesota], there’s been some ups and downs.”

On the issue of the nitpickers, McNabb suggested that the recent criticism of him is something that emanated from one person in the media, and that then snowballed. (He sounds a little like T.O.) McNabb also defended his preparation, work ethic, and conditioning, calling criticism directed to those areas “garbage.”

Still, there’s a reason why no other team has signed him. And it’s not because the various General Managers, head coaches, and owners are listening to the things said by people in the media. Whether it’s work ethic or conditioning or preparation or performance or something else, teams simply don’t want McNabb, they haven’t wanted him since he was cut, and there’s no reason to think anyone will want him at any point in the foreseeable future.