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Report of Vikings trade for McNabb is premature


Earlier today, Adam Schefter of ESPN reported that the Vikings are “one of a few teams” talking to the Redskins about a trade for quarterback Donovan McNabb. Not long thereafter, Jason LaCanfora of NFL Network reported that the Vikings and the Redskins have worked out the terms of a trade, subject to McNabb restructuring his contract.

A source with knowledge of the discussions tells us that, while a trade may indeed happen, the report of a deal being in place between the Vikings and Redskins is premature. Per the source, no agreement has been reached on the compensation the Redskins would receive.

We’re not sure that McNabb would be the right fit in Minnesota. How will he react if the Vikings start 2-5 and the team decides to switch to Christian Ponder?

Also, will McNabb be willing to reduce his pay for 2011 and also to be traded for something that likely would amount to a bargain-basement deal? If he refused to wear a wristband containing the team’s plays last season because of its potential impact on his image, there’s no way he’d be comfortable getting treated like Cleo Lemon.