Minnesota (AFP) - Former all-star quarterback Donovan McNabb has been
released by the Minnesota Vikings, the National Football League team
announced on Thursday.
The move allows the 13-year veteran and former first-round draft pick to sign with another NFL team.
started just a half dozen games in his only season with Minnesota. He
went 1-5 as a starter for the Vikings, threw for four touchdowns and
completed just five passes of 25-plus yards.
McNabb was benched in the fourth quarter of Minnesota's game at Chicago on October 16 and has not played since.
"We both sat down and talked, just a mutual
decision and we both agreed this was probably going to be the best thing
to do," Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters.
35-year-old McNabb was brought in by the Vikings during the offseason
and was viewed as the new starting quarterback following the retirement
of Brett Favre.
However, the former
Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins quarterback has not started
since week six when he was replaced as starter by Christian Ponder,
Minnesota's 12th overall pick in last year's draft.
number of teams chasing playoff slots have lost their quarterbacks to
injury in recent weeks including the Houston Texans and McNabb's
hometown team, the Chicago Bears.