The Minnesota Vikings plan on releasing embattled quarterback Donovan McNabb today, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
McNabb, 35, has not played for the Vikings since rookie Christian Ponder took over the starting role for the club in Week 7. In six games with Minnesota this season, the former Pro Bowler posted a 82.9 passer rating while throwing for 1,026 yards and four touchdowns.
McNabb was brought to Minnesota with the hopes that he could rekindle the illustrious eleven-year success he had with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Vikings, who struggled with a disappointing 6-10 record in 2010, felt that with a healthy quarterback they could bounce back to their 2009 form when they won 12 games.
Last season, McNabb served as the Washington Redskins starting quarterback through the team’s first 14 games before being benched in favor of Rex Grossman. In 2010, McNabb had posted a career-worst 77.1 passer rating and had thrown 15 interceptions. The Redskins traded McNabb to the Vikings this offseason. Over the course of his career, McNabb has thrown for 35,139 yards, 225 touchdowns, and has an 85.1 passer rating.