The Washington Redskins have traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings for a sixth round pick in 2012 and a conditional sixth round pick in 2013, dependent on McNabb’s performance in 2011.
The Vikings needed a quarterback when they couldn’t come to terms with Tarvaris Jackson, who is expected to sign with the Seattle Seahawks, and the retirement of Brett Favre. When have we heard that before?
McNabb saw his numbers go down significantly with the Redskins last season. He had 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 77.1, his worst since his rookie season with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1999.
After several productive seasons with the Eagles, where he played in six pro bowls, McNabb could not find the same success in the nation capital in 2010, as the Redskins finished with a 6-10 record.
The Redskins were not done there. They then traded defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth to the New England Patriots for a fifth round pick in 2013. In 2009, Haynesworth signed a 7 year deal worth $100 million with the Redskins, of which $41 million was guaranteed. After being considered the best player at his position while with Tennessee, Haynesworth frequently did not connect with head coach Mike Shanahan. After constant feuding over defensive systems, Haynesworth was actually suspended for four games.