Today, it was reported that the Vikings will be releasing Donovan McNabb. The two teams that immediately come to mind that could use his services are the Texans and Bears, with Matt Schaub and Jay Cutler, respectively, both out for a while with injuries.
But what about Dallas? It was reported that the Cowboys were one of three teams that put in a waiver bid for Kyle Orton after Orton was released from the Broncos. That signaled to me that the Cowboys have lost faith in current backup Jon Kitna. The Bears and Chiefs were the other two team to put in bids, with the Chiefs being awarded Orton, as they had the worst record among the three teams.
The Texans are 8-3, so they’ll get the last crack at McNabb, while the Cowboys and Bears are both 7-4. The Cowboys’ opponents to date have a combined record of 56-65. The Bears’ opponents’ have a combined record of 64-57. By rule, much like the NFL draft, the team with the easier strength of schedule “goes first,” meaning that the Cowboys will have a chance to claim McNabb before the Bears or Texans.
McNabb is on a one-year deal worth $5.05 million. He makes less than Kyle Orton. It’ll be interesting to see if McNabb would be picked up by a third NFC East team.
(Update: It appears the Dallas beat guys are on this too, and they asked Jerry Jones if he was interested in 5. He didn’t say no.)