The Minnesota Vikings acquired quarterback Donovan McNabb from the Washington Redskins for a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional sixth-rounder in 2013.
The trade is not official because McNabb has yet to sign his restructured contract.
In order to make the deal happen, McNabb had to agree to restructure his five-year, $78 million deal because the Vikings don’t have enough salary cap room.
McNabb gives the Vikings a veteran quarterback while they groom Christian Ponder, who was drafted 12th overall out of Florida State in April, to be the team’s long-term answer at the position.
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“Excited to have McNabb join,” Ponder wrote on Twitter on Wednesday morning, perhaps jumping the gun just a little bit. “Will learn a lot from a Pro Bowler. But that doesn’t mean I’m not still fighting to start week 1!”
McNabb, who was benched twice last season, threw 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in 13 games.
Quarterback Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in April’s draft, will wear No. 1 for the Carolina Panthers instead of haggling with quarterback Jimmy Clausen for the No. 2 jersey. … Free agent defensive tackle Barry Cofield reportedly agreed to a six-year, $36 million deal with the Washington Redskins. … The Bengals reached an agreement with free-agent quarterback Bruce Gradkowski. … Jets coach Rex Ryan named quarterback Mark Sanchez a team captain. … Receiver Steve Breaston agreed to a contract with Kansas City. … Veterans who reportedly reach agreements to remain with their teams (contracts can’t be signed until Friday) include Panthers running back DeAngelo Williams, 49ers defensive lineman Ray McDonald, Chargers safety Eric Weddle, Jets receiver Santonio Holmes, Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri and safety Melvin Bullitt, Saints receiver Lance Moore and Texans quarterback Matt Leinart. … The Panthers cut kicker John Kasay, the former Seahawks kicker who spent 16 seasons with Carolina, the most in franchise history.