The Minnesota Vikings are going to grant Donovan McNabb his release, according to multiple reports.
ESPN was the first to break the news.
The Bears would appear an attractive option to McNabb on several fronts. First, the Bears are a playoff contender with the starting quarterback sidelined because of an injury. Second, McNabb is a Chicago native.
The question is, would the Bears want him? The second question is, will another team claim him?
The Bears -- along with the Dallas Cowboys -- put in a claim for Kyle Orton, but the ended up with the Kansas City Chiefs because they had the worst record.
The Cowboys and the Houston Texans both could still be in the market for a veteran backup quarterback. The Bears and Cowboys have the same record (7-4), but the Cowboys are ahead on the waiver priority list, according to ESPN. The Texans are 8-3.
Any team that claims McNabb would pay him about $1.485 million for the remainder of the season.
When he was benched in favor of rookie Christian Ponder, McNabb, 35, insisted he still had "a lot of football left in me."
If he believes that, McNabb will want to play well so he can get an opportunity to start somewhere next season.
McNabb, though, hasn't played at an elite level for quite some time. He was 1-5 when he was benched this season.
His final start was in the 39-10 loss to the Bears. But, it was his best game of the season, as he completed 19 of 24 passes for 177 yards with no touchdowns and no interceptions. His passer rating was 97.4.
The Vikings are 1-4 under Ponder, but they are committed to the rookie.
For the season, McNabb was 94 for 156 passes (60.3 %) for 1,026 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions and an 82.9 passer rating.
In 13 starts for the Washington Redskins in 2010, McNabb had a passer rating of 77.1.