Report: Donovan McNabb would like to play in Arizona

Donovan McNabb one day would like to play close to home.

No, he isn’t looking at the Chicago Bears, near his boyhood home, as a landing spot. The Bears have locked themselves into Jay Cutler for the future.

McNabb would like to go from wearing bird wings on the side of his helmet to wearing a bird head. He’d like to play for the Arizona Cardinals, according to a report by Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. Part of the reason? McNabb has made his offseason home in the Phoenix area for some time.

Cole reports that if the path from Philadelphia to Arizona takes McNabb through Oakland for a season, so be it. The Cardinals already inquired about McNabb but that was before they signed Derek Anderson as insurance/competition for former first-round draft pick Matt Leinart.

It’s an interesting story and Cole notes that Leinart will make a modest $2.485 million this season. His contract, though, climbs to at least $12.86 million in 2011 and could go north of $18 million depending on various triggers, including a $5 million escalator if he makes the Pro Bowl. Hey, crazier things have happened.

The big holdup for McNabb and the Cardinals could be the Raiders. Are they going to trade for McNabb, who has one season remaining on his contract, without signing him to a new deal. If so, would they do so without placing the franchise tag on him in 2011 as they did with defensive lineman Richard Seymour? The tag for a quarterback could be in the ballpark of $20 million, and Al Davis has done far nuttier things.

Other reports have already circulated that McNabb has no interest in going to Oakland. Really? Imagine that. If it meant a 16-game stay before he could reach Arizona? Maybe. Stay tuned.

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