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Posted Dec. 01, 2011 @ 6:45 p.m. ET
By PFW staff

Updated 6:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, Dec. 1

After less than a season in Minnesota, Donovan McNabb's tenure with the Vikings is over.

The veteran quarterback was released on Thursday. He is on waivers, allowing the 31 other teams to place claims on him, starting with the Colts and moving on based on current record in order from last to first, with a claiming deadline of Friday afternoon.

"We had a discussion with him and we both agreed, mutually, that this was the best decision for both parties," said head coach Leslie Frazier. 

Appearing on ESPN Thursday afternoon, McNabb said it is best to "move on, clear my thoughts, clear my head and see what is next."

McNabb started six games with the Vikings this season after being acquired in an offseason trade with the Redskins. He was removed from the lineup in favor of rookie Christian Ponder during the Week Six game against the Bears. He threw just four touchdowns and was sacked 16 times, and the team was just 1-5 during his time in the lineup.

A six-time Pro Bowler with the Eagles, McNabb has struggled in two seasons since leaving Philadelphia. He was benched in 2010 while with the Redskins following some poor performances, and the same thing happened this season. According to NFL Network's Jason La Canfora, the QB still has $1.5 million remaining on his contract this season, which the team that claims him would be responsible for.

The way we see it

With all of the quarterback injuries at that have taken place recently, it is a wise bet that some team will claim McNabb. The Texans, who have lost QBs Matt Schaub and Matt Leinart in recent weeks, run a lot of play-action, a strong aspect of McNabb's game. They also run an offense similar to what he ran last season with the Redskins. The Bears, who lost Jay Cutler to a broken thumb two weeks ago, are also a natural fit. McNabb is a Chicago native and is familiar with the NFC North.

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