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Donovan McNabb: "I felt the best move for me was to move on"

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Donovan McNabb just appeared on ESPN's SportsCenter, explaining why he asked for his release and what he wants to do now.

Here are highlights from his appearance, although the Chicago native was never specifically asked about the Bears:

* On asking for his release from the Minnesota Vikings: "I felt, the way things were going, it was best suited for Christian [Ponder] and Joe [Webb], to develop and mature in the offense of which they have. I wanted to be the guy who could add that confidence and spiritual advice, to better them. But I felt, the best move for me was to move on and clear my thoughts and clear my head."

* McNabb said he has no regrets since being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles two years ago and that "even in the last two years, there are positives in there."

* On being 6-13 as a starter the last two years: "We begin to lose focus of this being a team game. The teams of which I've played with, a lot of great athletes, a lot of positive things, but nothing to really show for it. Obviously, the quarterback receives a lot of the credit but also too much of the criticism. Individually, each person can move on and possibly have a better life somewhere else."

* On why an NFL general manager should sign him: "You're bringing in a veteran, who can bring experience to your ball club. Athletic ability. A guy who is not a locker room cancer. Works hard. Great work ethic. I'm a winner, and I've proven that. A guy who will try to make the guys around him better."

* On how he returns to the player he was with the Eagles:"Being surrounded by a great supporting cast. When you're surrounded by veteran players, who know how to win, that's something that's contagious."

McNabb went on to say there are several teams desperate for quarterback help. "For myself, it's an opportunity - at this particular point - to clear my head... and get back to playing the way I know I'm capable of playing."

* On if he doesn't get claimed: "Well, there's always Plan B, but one I'm not focusing on right now. I have a career that I can look back on, and I can be very excited about."


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