By Will Yoder
December 02, 2011

Donovan McNabb, who was released by the Minnesota Vikings earlier this week, has cleared waivers and will now become a free-agent, according to ESPN.

McNabb requested to be released by Minnesota earlier this week, a request which was quickly granted.  He had 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. He led the Vikings to a 1-5 record.

It was believed that the Chicago Bears, who had recently put a claim on Kyle Orton, another veteran quarterback who was cut recently, would attempt to acquire McNabb as well. The Bears lost starting quarterback Jay Cutler to a broken thumb in November after a win over the San Diego Chargers.

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.

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