There is no way that the Washington Redskins are considering moving forward with Rex Grossman as their starting quarterback. Lets just get that out of the way. The benching of Donovan McNabb has more to do with determining their backup quarterback for 2011 than it does with who will be under center for the start of next season.
Mike Shanahan‘s decision has basically signified the end McNabb in Washington but there will be plenty of interest this offseason for him. As of now, the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks and the Arizona Cardinals appear to be the likeliest options for McNabb.
Favre is looking like he’s finally ready to call it a career and Tarvaris Jackson will be a restricted free agent which means that the Vikings are going to have to decide if they’re going to start the rebuilding process or bring in someone that can keep them competitive.
Seattle is in a similar situation. Matt Hasselbeck is an unrestricted free agent at years end and Charlie Whitehurst hasn’t much of anything to instill confidence in him as teams future quarterback. The Seahawks are in the most winnable division in the league so bringing in McNabb could get them into the playoffs while the develop his future replacement.
Despite all of the speculation that Arizona is likely option for McNabb, the only thing that connects the Cardinals to McNabb is the fact that he resides there during the offseason. No team needs a quarterback more than Arizona but they choose to pass on several options during the offseason which proved to be a mistake. Donovan would have to learn another system but would no doubt upgrade their offense.
One other option that could be the most intriguing for McNabb is the Cleveland Browns. There is no doubt that the team plans to have Colt McCoy as their starter quarterback at some point in the future but McNabb could be the perfect bridge for this transition. He knows Mike Holmgrens as well as anyone other than Brett Favre. The Browns are progressing and could have a legitimate shot of making the playoffs next year if they could shore up their offense for next season. McNabb would be a much better option than holding to either Jake Delhomme or Seneca Wallace.