There's been a lot of talk in Philadelphia this week about whether or not Donovan McNabb will be back in midnight green for the 2010-11 season. Two days after the Eagles fell hard to the Dallas Cowboys for the third and final time this season, Andy Reid made it clear that he expects #5 to be back under center for the Birds next season. I guess that also means that he expects Donovan to risk injury with no money guaranteed past 2011. I'm not sure that they are realistic expectations.
Donovan McNabb enters the final year of his contract next season. Last off season, McNabb requested a contract extension that was denied by the Eagles and masked by a 2-year "re-structuring" of his deal. McNabb got a pay raise to keep quiet. Now with much brighter light at the end of the contract tunnel, its going to be clear to Donovan that he's expected to play next season with no financial insurance for the next 3-4 years. Thus, my guess is he'll start asking again to be extended. The Eagles will play hardball, as they always do with aging players, and Donovan will threaten to hold out or request a trade. He'll get traded, or he'll be released and the Kevin Kolb Era will officially begin. That's how its probably going to end for #5 in Philly, whether Andy expects it or not.