McNabb to the Vikings? Don’t count on it being this year.

Thanks to Andy Reid’s admission that the Eagles are at least entertaining trade discussions with other teams about all three of their quarterbacks, Donovan McNabb has become a hot topic over the last 24 hours. (And more specifically, where McNabb could wind up if he is traded.)

The latest buzz comes from the Philadelphia Inquirer, which notes that the Vikings are atop McNabb’s trade wish list if things don’t work out in Philadelphia. Minnesota makes sense given that McNabb once played under head coach Brad Childress and is therefore familiar with the Vikings’ West Coast Offense. They’re also a contender, which is what McNabb wants to join if he is dealt.

But there’s a simple reason why McNabb won’t be a Viking in 2010: Brett Favre.

All right, so I don’t know for a fact that Brett is coming back. But the lack of buzz surrounding his decision this year is an indication (to me anyway) that he does plan to return. And the fact that Childress has said on multiple occasions that Favre can take his time with the decision is another indication that Brett is indeed coming back, but only on his terms (i.e. he’d rather crawl through a pit of used paper diapers then go to training camp). It seems to me that if Childress didn’t know whether or not Favre would return, he would be more unsettled in his comments to the media. After all, this is the same man that went through hell and high water to insure that the 40-year-old QB would play last season. So I’m not buying his newfound calmness.

McNabb seems like more of a fit for the Vikings in 2011. Even if he is traded this offseason, there’s no guarantee that he’ll sign a contract extension with whichever team he winds up with. Therefore, if he wants to play for Minnesota next year, he could sign a free agent contract with them in the offseason.

But as far as 2010 is concerned, I highly doubt we’ll see McNabb suiting up for the purple and white.


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