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ESPN's Adam Schefter is floating an interesting theory regarding the Eagles motivation behind trading Donovan McNabb.
Per Schefter, a few NFL execs believe the Eagles traded McNabb to Washington because that would take the Redskins out of the running for Sam Bradford.
The reason for going to such lengths to avoid that? The Eagles apparently believe Shanahan could have made Bradford that good and didn't want to face him in the division for the next decade.
If true, this is an incredibly bold move by the Eagles. They gave away their franchise quarterback -- who could seemingly play at a high level for several more seasons -- to avoid a potential franchise quarterback from hitting the division.
If this is the case, then the Eagles are showing some major respect to Shanahan, who has been known to be very good with quarterbacks.
While the theory is interesting, it's hard to determine its validity. Would the Redskins really have traded up to the number one pick to select Bradford? It's possible, but seems unlikely. They would likely have to include a 2011 first round pick to move up that far.
The terms of the trade that sent Donovan McNabb to the Redskins included a second round pick and a third or fourth round pick depending on certain escalators.
We now know what those escalators are.
The pick becomes a third rounder if....
McNabb goes to the Pro Bowl: He's a six-time Pro Bowler but only once since 2004 in the Eagles pass happy offense so that would be difficult to pull off.
Or McNabb plays 70% of his snaps: McNabb would have missed this escalator twice in the last five seasons. Add the Redskins porous offensive line and this is no gimme.
Or Redskins win nine or more games: They won four games last year but a competent quarterback makes all the difference in the world in the NFL. This may be their best shot at saving that third round pick.
It would appear McNabb and the Redskins have some work to do if they want to keep that third round pick.
The Redskins held a press conference to officially announce Donovan McNabb as the newest Redskin.
There weren't any major revelations but a few interesting nuggets.
He wasn't floored by the trade because he knew the Eagles were listening to offers for him. He did however say, 'I guess I'm too old' at one point. He's 33 years old.
McNabb has talked to Jason Campbell and told him "the sky's the limit for you". Mike Shanahan has also said Campbell is free to seek a trade partner so he can start.
McNabb said facing the Eagles would be another divisional game like facing the Cowboys or Giants. Really? He was very respectful throughout this entire thing and this statement is a reflection of that. However, other indications are that he's ready to get back at his former team.
He felt he was treated fairly by the fans, which is a pretty surprising statement because Eagles fans railed him during his 11 year tenure in Philadelphia.
He feels Kevin Kolb will be successful in Philadelphia.
Fletcher Smith, agent for Donovan McNabb, spoke with the Washington Post regarding the next move for his client.
According to Smith, the next step in the process is securing a contract extension.
I don't know if it will happen, but I would say I'm hopeful or optimistic that a deal will get done. Usually when you have a trade of this magnitude, teams want to get an extension done because of the commitment they've made to acquire the player. The trade was just consummated, and my first goal was to make sure the trade happened, so that's where my focus has been. Donovan's desire was to play for the Washington Redskins, that's happened, and he's very happy it happened. The next step would be to see about that [a contract extension], so we'll see.
McNabb has just one year remaining on his contract so an extension is a necessity at this point.
McNabb is coming off of a high salary and the Redskins gave up important draft picks to secure him to it would appear McNabb has the leverage here. Last year, the Eagles gave him what a lot of folks have called a "financial apology" for benching him in a week 12 loss. They didn't add any new money to his contract but guaranteed more of it.
SBN's excellent Syracuse blog takes some severe umbrage at l'affaire McNabb:
I'm actually somewhat surprised the Eagles didn't trade Donovan to the Raiders. That seemed like the "perfect" ending to the saga. Sending Donovan, who had sacrificed so much for this franchise, to the career graveyard that is Oakland would have made just too much sense. Yet somehow, sending him to the Redskins is even worse. It's worse because it says the following to Donovan.
"Not only do we not think you're good enough to be our quarterback anymore but we think you're so bad now that we'd happily send you to one of our arch-rivals and go up against you TWICE a season. With the division title and the pride of the Eagles on the line, we want to line up against you."
Andy Reid and Jeff Lurie can write all the press releases they want, the actions of the trade speak volumes louder than any of their words.
Before Donovan McNabb was surprisingly traded to the Redskins on Sunday night, the bulk of the trade rumors centered around Oakland and Buffalo. But according to Yahoo!‘s Jason Cole, neither of those cities ended up being McNabb’s new home after the QB made it clear he wasn’t playing in either place. Especially not in Oakland:
McNabb, who is in the final year of his deal, made this happen by making it clear he wasn’t going anywhere else but Washington. When the Buffalo Bills expressed interest – and even were willing to give McNabb a contract extension – he passed on the offer. When the Oakland Raiders sniffed around and showed willingness to trade for the quarterback without an extension, McNabb indicated to the Eagles through his associates that he’d retire.
“He has plenty of money,” the source close to McNabb said. “He’s not doing anything he doesn’t want to do.”
Certainly, the Eagles didn’t want to have to trade McNabb elsewhere within the division. But if they wanted to unload him and let the Kevin Kolb era begin, it seems they were left with little choice.
The obvious question Redskins fans need to ask themselves in the wake of yesterday's trade for Donovan McNabb is what will happen to their incumbent quarterback, Jason Campbell. Clearly, the Redskins don't value Campbell highly, considering they didn't even bother to tell him about the trade.
So it would appear trading Campbell is an inevitability. The question now is, to where, and for how much? ESPN 980 is reporting that several teams - the Bills, Jaguars, Raiders, Panthers and an "unknown team" - are interested in trading for Campbell to help their quarterback situations. As for the price, National Football Post did some follow-up diggingand found that Campbell's value is probably equivalent to a fourth-round pick.
I asked around this morning about what value Campbell would have in the trade market and the response I got from multiple sources was in the fourth-round range. In reality, both sides win if a deal for Campbell goes down. The ‘Skins get something in return for a player that would be an unrestricted free agent in 2011 - and a player who would serve as a backup to McNabb - and the new club gets a guy who can compete for a starting job at an average price of a fourth-round pick.
If Campbell is indeed dealt for a fourth-round pick, the Redskins are essentially saying that the switch from a 28-year old Campbell to a 33-year old McNabb is worth moving down two rounds in the draft. But hey, at least they'd get their draft pick back.
Just a couple of quick notes on new-Redskin Donovan McNabb …
He’ll be able to keep his No. 5 jersey in Washington. That number is currently worn by Colt Brennan, but he has agreed to change to No. 15. One intrepid Redskins fan already has his No. 5 Washington jersey, as spotted at Nationals Park on Opening Day for the Nats game against Philly:
No word on whether McNabb has plans to attend the ballgame in D.C. on Monday, but he will officially be introduced to the city at a Noon press conference on Tuesday. Head coach Mike Shanahan is expected to do the honors.
(Image via Cheryl Nichols)
The following originally appeared on MisterIrrelevant.com, but is re-purposed here…
There are plenty of Redskins fans who will blindly accept the trade for Donovan McNabb as a great one. After all, they’ve heard of McNabb, know he’s a good quarterback and that Jason Campbell sucks. They’ll tell you things like "McNabb’s a winner!" and "Campbell had his chance!" These fans are idiots.
But there’s this other group of fans over here, the informed folks who will look beyond the shiny thing the team has acquired and see that the Redskins are essentially doing what they’ve always done under Snyder: Mortgaging the future to win now. There’s no other way to spin it when you consider they just got five years older (and marginally better) at QB and gave up two critical draft picks over the next two years. This team may be able to improve slightly if they draft the right players with the limited picks they have left (file under: wishful thinking), but they’ll essentially need to win with the roster they have in place now.
But wait, I was supposed to be finding the silver lining in this trade, yes? OK, let’s THINK POSITIVE THOUGHTS. A few to consider:
McNabb may be marginally better than JC, but he is better. Football Outsiders ranked Donovan as the 16th most efficient QB last season; Campbell was 20th. McNabb was superior to Campbell in really any stat you wanna look at, except completion percentage. But again, he was only slightly better than JC in all areas. Of course, this doesn’t take into account "intangibles," such as yelling effectively at teammates and "leadership in the huddle." People have criticized Campbell in these areas, yet praise Donovan. I’ve never been in an NFL huddle or locker room with either gentleman, so I can’t comment. Bottom line though: Right now, McNabb is a better quarterback than Campbell.
If the aforementioned is true, then the Skins have a better chance of winning now. We’ve been talking about building for the future for a decade, but at some point, you have to do what you can to put a team in place that can win now. McNabb under center gives the team a better chance of making the playoffs this season, especially if the team can draft him some o-line help with their precious few picks.
Jason Campbell is a free bird. Anyone who’s read Mr. Irrelevant for any amount of time knows that the Brothers Mottram love them some JC. Whether you’re with us on that or not, there’s no denying that the man never got a fair shake in DC. Between the constant rotating of coaches, systems, and shitty offensive lines, he didn’t have a chance to be successful. Despite that, he proved that he can be an above-average QB, and probably a top tier one if given the right opportunity. This trade will hopefully allow him to move on to another team and get that shot. We’ll be rooting for him.
Shanahan & Allen have a plan. I heard the news halfway through my four-hour drive from Wilmington to Charlotte Sunday night. I spent the remaining two hours trying to figure out how this all makes sense. The one certainty I can draw from it is this: Shanahan and Allen were convinced, for whatever reason, that Campbell could not be the quarterback of this team. So they had no choice but to trade for someone who could. Right or wrong, at least they made a plan and followed through instead of being hamstrung by a QB in which they held no confidence.
Jimmy Clausen won’t be a Redskin. Hopefully. This deal almost assures us that the Skins won’t draft at QB at No. 4, meaning I won’t require four Xanax and half a bottle of Jack on draft night. Even though I’m still skeptical about this trade, it’s far better than the team taking Jimmy Clausen in the first round. Faaaar better.
This offseason was supposed to be different for the Redskins. They were going to build patiently rather than making the same ill-fated quick-fix moves they’ve made the entire decade. They were going to keep their draft picks and replenish their team with depth. They were going to avoid the derisive “offseason champs” label they’ve deservedly received.
At least that was the hope. Instead, they made yet another win-now move, trading away high draft picks to get a quarterback on the wrong side of 30. Donovan McNabb is definitely an upgrade on Jason Campbell, but as SB Nation’s Redskins blog Hogs Haven writes, the Redskins still have several holes to fill and now have fewer draft picks to do it.
To say this is a “win now” team is laughable. Competitive … absolutely, but that’s the same diarrhea soup we’ve been served the last ten years. After the draft we’ll have a much clearer picture to analyze this pick, but there are so many holes in this team right now it’s hard to praise this. I’m just hoping Shanahan isn’t falling into the same trap of all the previous coaches where they mortgage the future to win now.
The RB situation is laughable right now. The Redskins are not sniffing a Super Bowl with the current backfield. Same goes for the safeties and LB core. How are you going to fix all this with so few draft picks. Time will tell … which is what I’m afraid of.
The Redskins may now have McNabb, but they don’t have much of a foundation, and now, they have less capacity to build one. As Hogs Haven writes, the Redskins have as many draft picks in the next two seasons (11) as the Eagles have this season. It’s hard to build quality depth that way.
In another interesting development regarding the trade that sent Donovan McNabb to the Redskins, incumbent starter Jason Campbell didn't know the trade had gone down.
That is he didn't know until Washington Examiner reporter John Keim called him to break the news.
Me: Did you hear about what happened?
Me: The Redskins traded for Donovan.
Jason: Really? Ummm... I didn't know that, man.
Me: I'm sorry I had to be the one who told you. I can't believe they didn't tell you.
Jason: No, that's the first I heard of it. ... I'd better go call my agent.
This isn't a trade that came about within a matter of hours. Andy Reid said at his press conference that the talks had been ongoing.
The Redskins were obviously trying to keep their interest a secret in the instance that the deal didn't go down but, at the very least, Campbell should have been informed about what was happening. If the Eagles had time to tell McNabb what was up, then the Redskins could have done the same with Campbell.
The Redskins have officially announced the arrival of Donovan McNabb via a Sunday evening press release. Curiously, the statement came from Mike Shanahan possibly validating the widely-held assumption that he's the one running the show in Washington.
"Donovan is an accomplished quarterback who has been a proven winner in the National Football League," Redskins executive vice president/head coach Mike Shanahan said. "I have long admired his competitiveness and feel he will be an outstanding addition to the Redskins and our community.
"He knows our division and the roadmap to success in the NFC East. He will set a high standard of excellence and we are very excited to welcome Donovan to the Washington Redskins."
SB Nation's Redskins community, Hogs Haven, has also welcomed McNabb to the Redskins family.
This is a good day. Let's enjoy having McNabb. Let the feeling of disgust and uncertainty from the last few years depart. We have a front office with a plan and a coach on a mission to start succeeding this season. The 'Skins wouldn't have made this move if the team didn't believe McNabb could take us to new heights.
Eagles coach Andy Reid just completed a press conference announcing the trade that sent Donovan McNabb to the Redskins. Here are a few thoughts on what he had to say:
McNabb's feelings were taken into account
Reid said there were two important factors involved here -- the compensation was right and McNabb was content playing for Washington.
Well, we've been together a while and developed a relationship. Our organization felt that way about him and we wanted to inevitably do what's good for us and good for Donovan. If we could find a nice mix, we figured that's what we'd do and that's the situation here.
Which brings us to the next point...
Reid thinks this makes Washington instantly better
Trading within the division isn't something that happens very often and it's something that almost never happens with a star quarterback like McNabb.
That said, Reid acknowledged that this makes the Redskins a better team overnight.
Are they a better football team with Donovan? Absolutely. But again we'll be there a couple Sundays with him and we'll see how things go at that time.
That shows you how much McNabb's feelings were taken into account. The Eagles were willing to instantly make a division rival a better team to do McNabb right.
What's that you say, Eagles fans?
Kevin Kolb is confirmed as the starter
This wasn't much of a secret but Reid confirmed Kolb as the starter. Here's what he said about Kolb:
You see somebody that, number one, has been taught by good coaches and also had the opportunity to play under Donovan, which I think is a big thing. He's learned to do it the right way and put a lot of effort into preparing himself for this opportunity. We see leadership and athletic ability. He does a nice job reading defenses and so on. He has a good feel for the position.
If the Donovan McNabb were a Sesame Street episode, it would be brought to us by the letters W, T, and F. Here are some reactions from both sides of the trade, starting with the Eagles fans at Bleeding Green Nation. See if you can find a common theme:
Unbelievable. Surreal, really. It’ll be extremely weird to see him in that uniform.
Over at Hogs Haven, the Skins fans have deemed this trade a "great move," but only by a small plurality; as of right now, only 59% of respondents have a positive view of the trade. Here, the individual opinions are as varied as the poll results:
Eagles coach Andy Reid has released a quick statement about the trade that is sending Donovan McNabb to the Redskins.
"This was a very tough decision. He carried this organization to new heights. We thank him for everything."
Eagles GM Howie Roseman has also commented.
"Deal of his magnitude took a lot of time & effort to accomplish & it was certainly tough decision to make in the end."
Reid is also speaking to the media at 9:30 PM EST which will be streamed live at the Eagles official site.
Early on in the Donovan McNabb rumor mill, reports indicated the Eagles were asking for a top 42 pick in the 2010 NFL draft.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Eagles got that -- and more.
Mcnabb to Redskins for 2nd-rd pick this year and either a 3 or 4 next year depending on certain conditions.
Not a bad deal at all for either side. SB Nation's Bleeding Green Nation asks an important question from an Eagles perspective.
I think we all knew McNabb was gone, but how do you feel about seeing him twice a year?
Quarterbacks like McNabb aren't traded very often and they're rarely (if ever) traded within the division. This is a big move.
ESPN's Adam Schefter had it first: quarterback Donovan McNabb has been traded to the Redskins.
Filed to ESPN: Donovan McNabb has been traded to the Washington Redskins. Compensation still unknown. But McNabb's a Redskin.
The move comes relatively quickly, considering that news broke only yesterday that Washington was interested in the Eagles QB, with Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reporting that the Redskins "made [an] inquiry" about McNabb's availability. Earlier today, Jason Reid of the Washington Post said that the initial Redskins' inquiry most likely happened "much earlier in the process."
UPDATE: It's done -- Donovan McNabb has been traded to the Redskins.
On Saturday Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com dropped a semi-bombshell on the Donovan McNabb trade rumors when he said, via Twitter, that the Redskins had called the Eagles about McNabb's availability.
While that still appears to be the case, Jason Reid of the Washington Post reports that their interest was likely much earlier on.
Glazer, however, did not indicate when the trade talks occurred. If the Redskins did express interest in dealing for McNabb, they probably did so much earlier in the process, a person involved with the situation said Saturday night. Through a team spokesman, the Redskins declined to comment.
Reid also points out, as we did on Saturday, that their reported interest in McNabb (as well as their interest in Sam Bradford) clearly demonstrates that they're not sold on Jason Campbell as the quarterback of the future.
Eagles head coach Andy Reid said several weeks ago that they're listening to offers for any of their three quarterbacks. few of the teams involved included the Bills and Raiders. Now we've got one more name to add to the mix.
Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com reports the Redskins "made [an] inquiry" about McNabb's availability.
This means that the Redskins are willing to replace the current starter Jason Campbell. McNabb is 34 and Campbell is 28 so that probably shows that they're willing to move on from him.
Looking into the future, you could interpret this as the Redskins maybe not wanting to take a quarterback in the draft. Sam Bradford will likely be gone but Jimmy Clausen almost assuredly will be available with the fifth pick. If the Redskins thought he could be "the man" moving forward, then why wouldn't they just pick him there?
Or it could just be the Redskins doing some due diligence on their options. Remember -- these aren't the "same old" Redskins with GM Bruce Allen and Mike Shanahan.
Another day and yet another report on the future of Donovan McNabb as the Eagles quarterback. This time around, it's Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports who reports if McNabb had a say in the matter, he'd be a Cardinal.
According to two people close to McNabb, the Pro Bowl Philadelphia Eagles quarterback has his sights set on one day playing for the Arizona Cardinals. McNabb, who has made his offseason home in Phoenix, hoped that day would come this season if Philly indeed sends him packing.
Cole reports the Cardinals were one of the teams that inquired about McNabb before acquiring QB Derek Anderson in free agency.
The Cardinals have apparently made their decision choosing to go with Anderson and QB Matt Leinart heading into the season.
However, as Cole points out, McNabb may be a better long-term solution than Leinart. Most think he has 3-4 good seasons left in him. Leinart, on the other hand, hasn't done much at all in the NFL and he could be due over $12 million in 2011, in addition to a hefty $5.5 million bonus due in the opening days of the 2011 league year.
While the Cardinals say they're not interested, reading the tea leaves McNabb in Arizona makes a lot of sense.
We've got some conflicting reports on the Donovan McNabb trade talks. On Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the Raiders were the leader in the clubhouse for the services of McNabb.
A day later and he was refuted by ESPN's Sal Paolantonio, who spoke with an Eagles team official.
"There is no so-called front-runner," the senior team official said. "We continue to engage in conversations with multiple teams that initially contacted us."
The official said offers have ranged from draft picks only, to players only to both draft picks and players. The official also said if any offers had "blown them away" they probably would have made a deal already.
The official also refutes a report from the Associated Press last week that the Eagles were asking for a top 42 pick in April's draft for McNabb.
"That's not true," the official said.
Who to believe in this one?
I'd go with ESPN.
SB Nation's Eagles community, Bleeding Green Nation, has some thoughts on the reports surfacing that the Raiders are the leader in the clubhouse to land QB Donovan McNabb.
Let's not kid ourselves, the main reason the Raiders have to be considered the favorite to land McNabb is Al Davis. He's not going to play the games and engage in the posturing every other team would. If he wants McNabb, he'll likely do whatever it takes to get him... including overpaying.
Pretty much. You can't count out anything with Al Davis.
BGN brings up another point that they think isn't so crazy -- is the Raiders 8th pick in play?
Given what happened with Seymour last year, I wouldn't be shocked to learn that the #8 overall pick was in play here. Al is crazy.
And as they note, the Eagles are scheduled to work out Eric Berry, who's a lock to be a top ten pick.
Another day and another report regarding the future of Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. You can scroll down to find the other updates in this story but the one theme that keeps popping up is the Raiders.
The Raiders, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter, are the favorites to land McNabb.
Oakland has emerged as leader in Donovan McNabb sweepstakes. Doesn't mean another team couldn't get deal done, but Raiders are team to beat.
As we've talked about before, the contract extension is the big problem with a McNabb trade. He's entering the final year of his deal and any team that gives up a first or second round pick will undoubtedly want to sign him to an extension first.
Any team, that is, except the Raiders, who demonstrated they're willing to give up a first round pick for a player entering the final year of his contract..
They did it with Richard Seymour last year and, by many accounts, appear poised to do it this year.
The reports and rumors of a possible Donovan McNabb trade are starting to pile up so Bleeding Green Nation has a nice roundup of everything floating around.
Unlike the rumors about McNabb to Oakland, the latest rumblings about the Vikings have been more speculative than anything. No one has any reports of an offer or possible packages, instead many in the media are speculating that it makes sense. That's not to say there hasn't been some reporting done on the situation.
In this edition of the rumor roundup, BGN focuses on the Vikings.
The rumors circulating as of now are whether the Vikings would be interested in McNabb. They're currently waiting on Brett Favre's decision of whether he'll return -- and that decision won't be swayed by McNabb rumors.
Without intimate knowledge of any of the trade details, on the surface it appears McNabb would be a better option than the former Packer.
McNabb will turn 34 years old next season while Favre will be 41. As BGN says, McNabb would give them a top quarterback for the next three years, at least, while Favre will leave them wondering every offseason.
Fletcher Smith, agent for Eagles QB Donovan McNabb, has gone on the record to the Philadelphia Daily News and said he has had no conversations with the Eagles about which teams his client would prefer to be traded to.
Your Eagletarian just talked to Donovan McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, who said he has no reason to believe a trade is imminent, and says there have been no conversations with the Eagles about which teams the quarterback would or would not prefer to be traded to.
"If we get to that bridge, we'll have to cross it," said Smith, who said his client is holding up well under the torrent of speculation.
Smith also said because of McNabb's long tenure with the team, he hopes the Eagles would talk to him before making any trades. Smith would likely be involved in most trade discussions anyway because teams presumably would want to sign McNabb to a contract extension if a deal were to go down.
However, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Raiders would not require an extension to make a deal happen.
He also disputed an ESPN report that McNabb had told coach Andy Reid on Thursday that he did not want to be traded.
With the trade market for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb apparently heating up, the Oakland Raiders are apparently upping their offer for Philadelphia's long-time signal-caller. According to ESPN's Len Pasquarelli, the Raiders are willing to deal All-Pro cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha for McNabb, while the Eagles are hesitant to make such a deal.
On the surface, landing one of the top two or three cornerbacks in his prime for the soon-to-be 34 year-old McNabb would seem to be a coup for the Eagles. The likely sticking point for them, however, is Asomugha's contract. The Raiders gave Asomugha a very generous contract that will pay him over $16 million in 2010. While the Raiders can trade him without any penalty this offseason due to the looming uncapped year, the Eagles would inherit that contract if they acquired him, and likely wouldn't want to commit to pay any player that much, even in an uncapped season.
It's unclear if the Raiders would offer Asomugha in lieu of any draft picks, so it's still possible Oakland could land McNabb, who may not be as opposed to playing in the Black Hole next season as was originally reported. And the fact that the Raiders are apparently aggressively shopping for a quarterback obviously speaks volumes to their confidence that the disappointing Jamarcus Russell will continue his reputed newfound commitment to conditioning.
If McNabb had a say in what team he gets traded to, it'd be the Vikings, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
After Andy Reid announced Wednesday that the Eagles were "entertaining offers" for all three of their quarterbacks, McNabb reiterated that he wants to remain in Philadelphia. But if the team were to ship its franchise quarterback elsewhere, the Vikings would be his first choice, according to sources close to the situation.
There are a few issues with this.
First, Brett Favre sounds like he'll return (I know, way too early to tell).
Second, Favre likely won't make his decision until after the draft. The Eagles are more likely to trade him before the April 22nd draft.
Third, the Eagles are reportedly looking for at least a high second round pick for McNabb. The Vikings can only offer a late first rounder, which seems unlikely.
The trade winds continue swirl around Eagles QB Donovan McNabb. The latest report has some details on what it might cost to get the Pro Bowl quarterback.
According to the Associated Press, a high second round pick could get it done.
A person familiar with trade discussions involving McNabb told the Associated Press the Philadelphia Eagles will only consider a deal for the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback if it includes a pick among the top 42 in next month's NFL draft.
The teams being thrown around the most are St. Louis, Buffalo and Oakland. There are some conflicting reports regarding McNabb's interest in signing a contract extension with the Bills or Raiders.
Early reports regarding the trade rumors surrounding Eagles QB Donovan McNabb have indicated that Oakland or Buffalo is an unlikely destination because McNabb wouldn't be willing to sign a contract extension as part of the deal.
As we've said before, McNabb's entering the final year of his contract so getting an extension would be a key point in any trade.
However, Sheil Kapadia of the Philadelphia Inquirer feels McNabb may not turn down a trade to Oakland or Buffalo after all.
Given everything we know about McNabb and his history here, I can't see him putting up a fight if the price is right. Think about it. Andy Reid goes to him and his agent and says the Eagles want to pull the trigger on a deal that would send him to Oakland. Do you really think he'd say no right away? Do you think he'd rather play for a coach and a franchise that don't want him? I don't see it.
Kapadia goes on to speculate that money may win out in particular instance. McNabb will be turning 34 next season and a trade would perhaps be his last shot at a big money contract.
Though he's reiterated his desire to stay in Philadelphia, Kapadia makes a good point -- money talks.
And the future of Donovan McNabb is officially the hottest topic in the NFL today.
Reports have indicated the Bills, Raiders and Rams are interested in the 33 year old veteran quarterback. The feeling is that McNabb wouldn't sign a long-term extension with Oakland (and he's entering the final year of his contract), which would seemingly rule them out as trade partners.
However, NFL Network's Jason La Canfora reports the Raiders interest continues.
Several executives on other clubs pointed to the Raiders as the team in heaviest pursuit.
It's interesting that he cites other team executives as the source because there have been at least six teams reportedly connected to the McNabb situation, which would make you believe word has gotten around the league who is interested.
Though Oakland would likely prefer a long-term extension with McNabb in the event of a trade, past history has demonstrated that it's not a necessity in Oakland.
The Raiders traded a first round pick to the Patriots last season for Richard Seymour, who was also entering the final year of his contract.
When talking about possible destinations for QB Donovan McNabb if the Eagles choose to trade him, the Cardinals usually come up.
They're coming off of a Super Bowl berth just two seasons ago and with the loss of Kurt Warner, they could look to a proven player like McNabb to keep them in the "win-now" mode.
Well, that's unlikely to happen, according to Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic.
The Cardinals aren't going to pay that kind of money to McNabb. Nor are they going to give up the multiple draft picks it would probably take to acquire him.
According to the various reports out there, McNabb has already ruled out the Bills and Raiders, although that's unconfirmed.
A report surfaced on Wednesday afternoon that the Eagles had an offer on the table from the Rams for the services of QB Donovan McNabb.
Rams GM Billy Devaney's response?
"Absolutely false," according to Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.
Devaney added: "It's utterly ridiculous. I haven't talked to Philadelphia about any of their players."
Another Rams source said of the Eagles, "They may have a trade offer, but not from us. Why would we trade for McNabb and then go watch Bradford throw on Monday?"
Regarding that last question, it's fairly simple, really. If the Rams were interested in acquiring McNabb for the cheapest price possible, then they would lose all leverage by publicly displaying their interest. In order to maintain leverage, they would need the public perception of the Rams quarterback future to stay on Sam Bradford, and not McNabb.
It's also interesting to note that the first few reports of the McNabb and the Rams rumors came from Philadelphia.
Perhaps the Eagles are leaking this information to drive up the price on McNabb.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said on Tuesday the club is "entertaining" various offers for the Eagles quarterbacks but wouldn't go into specifics. He did not confirm one way or the other whether they would be open to trading any of the quarterbacks.
The original asking price was believed to be two first round picks but another report has surfaced this week indicating that the price tag has been dropped to a second round selection.
ESPN's Sal Paolantonio backed up the report that the Bills were interested but could not confirm the Raiders interest.
There was also a rumor making the rounds over the past few days that the Rams were interested in McNabb's services. That rumor turned into a report from the Philadelphia Inquirer that the Eagles now have an offer on the table for the Rams second round pick and S Oshiomogho Atogwe.
McNabb would be willing to go to the Rams if he was given a contract extension, according to a source close to the situation. He would not be willing to play for Buffalo or Oakland, two moribund franchises that might be willing to take McNabb without an extension.
Despite the report, I find it hard to believe the Bills would offer up a second round pick without a contract extension in place. The Raiders, on the other hand, traded last a year a first round pick for Richard Seymour (entering the final year of his contract) without an extension in place so they're the wildcard (as they always are).
Of the three teams reportedly interested -- Buffalo, Oakland and St. Louis -- it would logically appear we're down to just the Rams.
Normally players have no say in trades -- and that's still technically the case here -- but any team trading for McNabb would almost have to enter into negotiations regarding a contract extension because he's entering the final year of his deal.
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