Jon Gruden on Donovan McNabb: Trading McNabb to Cards Or Vikes Makes No Sense

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IFebruary 5, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 9:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles throws the ball in the second half against the Dallas Cowboys during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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It’s been a little over three weeks since the Philadelphia Eagles officially began their 2010 offseason after a 34-14 loss to the Dallas Cowboys and, already, Donovan McNabb trade talks seem to be a more popular discussion than whether or not Brett Favre will retire.

Nine Eagles were named to last weekend’s Pro Bowl in Miami—including McNabb, who made his sixth appearance since Drew Brees will be playing with the New Orleans Saints in Super Bowl XLIV against the Indianapolis Colts.

As expected, McNabb’s future with the Eagles was a popular topic discussed by the ESPN crew calling the game throughout the night. While Mike Tirico and Ron Jaworski made valuable contributions, Jon Gruden’s opinion towards the matter was an excellent reason why McNabb should be back in Philadelphia in 2010.

With the retirement of Arizona Cardinals' quarterback Kurt Warner and the future of Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre most likely being up in the air until at least mid-June, the rumors have been swirling around whether or not McNabb would be a solid replacement for either team. However, Gruden made the point about how the Eagles would only be hurting themselves by trading McNabb to the Cards or Vikes.

This season, Arizona and Minnesota both finished in first place within their divisions. Both teams are loaded with talent on offense—especially at the wide receiver position.

The argument can be made that having McNabb as a quarterback can be almost as dangerous as Warner or Favre. By trading him to either team, Philadelphia would be providing their competition with enough talent to make them one of the top teams in the NFC next season.

The Cardinals and Vikings have won their division two straight years–which will most likely make them favorites again in 2010. If the Eagles do happen to make the playoffs next season, why would they want to provide Arizona or Minnesota with a weapon at quarterback who is capable of causing damage?

Forget all of the trade rumors surrounding McNabb filling in as Warner's or Favre’s replacement. As long as Andy Reid is standing on the sidelines next season, it’s safe to say he’s not going anywhere.

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