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Why trade McNabb in the division?

Posted on: April 4, 2010 8:53 pm
Two immediate reactions to the Donovan McNabb deal: A) I can't believe the Eagles dealt him within the division, and 2) if this is the best deal Philadelphia was offered then there wasn't much of a market for the guy.

I'm absolutely flabbergasted the Eagles sent him to a club that must play them twice a year; worse, it's a club run by Mike Shanahan, who knows something about quarterbacks and offenses. The Eagles must know something about McNabb that the Redskins do not. People close to the Eagles organization told me they thought McNabb had three or four years of good football left in him, but, if that's true, why would you send him to a club in your division?

Makes no sense ... unless, as I said, you know something about the guy.

Second, the Eagles wanted a first-rounder for him but settled for the 37th overall pick and a fourth-rounder next year that could become a third. That tells me there wasn't much out there, and it confirms what I heard last week ... which was that clubs were more interested in backup Kevin Kolb than McNabb. Of course, Kolb no longer is the backup. He takes over for McNabb now.

As for Washington, the deal makes sense. McNabb fits in the offense and the Redskins now are free to draft tackle Rusell Okung with the fourth pick. Some persons had them taking Jimmy Clausen at that spot, but McNabb's addition eliminates the urgency of picking up a quarterback. Second, Washington has the money to pay McNabb's extension. His contract expires after next year, and Philadelphia wasn't going to pick it up. Washington can.
Category: NFL

Since: Mar 10, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2010 10:48 pm

Why trade McNabb in the division?

Me thinks the Bills took over from the Sabres when the Sabres came off the mat and started to make some noise the Bills ook over their place as Bullalos defunctional team.  Mind you i dont know what would be harder to take.... never making the playoffs or losing the big game year after year.  I think Bill fans would like to get to try again year after year and loose rather than never sniff the playoffs like now...  It all starts at the top and right now Bills management would not know a high draft pick from a jock strap. 

Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2010 10:40 pm

Why trade McNabb in the division?

Farve can play until 40 and not be mobile, so who's to say McNabb cant play 6 or 7 years and torment Philly...I actually like McNabb more now since the trade then I did when he was with the Eagles...Hopefully he can make the Eagles pay

Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2010 10:19 pm

Why trade McNabb in the division?

You are absolutely right. How stupid for the Browns to get Wallace and Delhomme... I would much rather have seen McNabb... or EVEN Troy Smith. TS could do much more for tha organization than Wallace(career backup) or washed up Delhomme...  can u imagine what bringing in TS would have done for Cleveland? ther would be the most buzz since Kosar came home in the mid-80s... and im sure TS can run the west coast offense as well as these duds

Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2010 9:36 pm

Why trade McNabb in the division? I can't believe they traded him inside the division. I think this is a great deal buy the Redskins and a crazy deal by the Eagles. I mean compensation wise it's not a bad move for hte Eagles, but to have to face the guy twice a year, the best QB in your teams long history. Even if he only has three or four good years left this move could leave a bad taste in their mouths for quite a while. Better use those picks wisely.

Since: Nov 1, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2010 9:31 pm

Where Were The Bills?

Why in the world didn't a team like the Buffalo Bills try harder to acquire a QB like McNabb?  He even went to Syracuse University... upstate NY would love this guy at the helm of their beloved Bills.  Just another example of the totally inept management that is currently running the Bills organization.  There is zero pride in their history, zero drive for success, and a total acceptance of perennial 7-9 records with no playoff games.  The fans of the Bills deserve so much more than the team is delivering.  McNabb's veteran presence and leadership would have been a nice and much needed ingredient in regaining AFC prominance for Buffalo.  Another slap in the face.  Thanks for nothing Ralph!

Since: Aug 14, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2010 9:22 pm

Why trade McNabb in the division?

They may know something about him, but i would also assume he knows quite a bit about the Eagles defense and their disquises against Qbs and of course the offence game plans used  against many teams in the division. He must have agreed to the deal as he is the type of player that will not want to stay where he is not wanted. His new coach Mike Shanahan also will know how to use the talent he gains in McNabb and this could turn out to be very beneficial trade for Washington while not giving up a lot to acquire him. Given protection, he still can be very accurate as a passer. He may have developed some habits that give away his intentions and play calling, but a new coach can bring out talents that perhaps even his old coaches did not exploit as sometimes they can get in a rut on play calling or it becomes a rote and quite eveident to defenses.  

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: April 4, 2010 9:20 pm

Why trade McNabb in the division?

We are going into this season with a 2nd and 3rd year WR, a QB who has started 2 games and a 2nd year RB..  An O line that needs work and a defense who couldnt stop anyone last year.  Yes we get Stewart Bradley back, but we also just got rid of Sheldon Brown and Ellis Hobbs is a starting CB at this time..  If that is not rebuilding, I am not sure what is.  The Eagles front office is pretty good so rebuilding around Philly takes a little less time, that is all...

Since: Mar 29, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2010 9:17 pm

Why trade McNabb in the division?

I hate how Eagles fans try to say they are in "rebuild mode", no you are not. You do not know what "rebuild mode" is. 

Since: Apr 4, 2010
Posted on: April 4, 2010 9:13 pm

Why trade McNabb in the division?

Why NOT trade McNabb in the division?  We know all his weaknesses.  Additionally he's proven himself to be a choke artist in recent years.  We get to unleash McNabb on the skins and prevent them from using their draft picks on players who could actually hurt us.  Seems win-win to me.

Since: Mar 17, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2010 9:13 pm

Why trade McNabb in the division?

Maybe it's just me, but I think Washington got taken a little in this deal. McNabb is a borderline Hall of Famer, but he's also got some significant mileage on him, so to give up an early second rounder and a fourth that can turn into a third seems a steep price to pay. But it's not very surprising--this looks, frankly, like a typical Snyder deal, i.e. pay a lot for a guy who doesn't have much upside left but who is a name. I hope it works out for McNabb, because I've always liked him, but this deal doesn't seem to be a steal to me, at least not if you're Washington.

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