Are Donovan McNabb's Days in Philadelphia Numbered?

Justin WorsleyContributor IMarch 29, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 09:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2010 NFC wild-card playoff game at Cowboys Stadium on January 9, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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There has been rising speculation as to what will happen to the QB that led the Eagles to numerous NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl.  Possible suitors to try and land McNabb have been teams like the Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, and the St. Louis Rams.  But does McNabb deserve to be tossed away from the only team that he has ever played for, his team, the team that he helped receive success and fame?

The Philly fans have always had mixed feelings about McNabb.  Always calling for his release when something went wrong in Philly.  But statistically, McNabb has been doing pretty good the last two seasons.  He complained that he needed weapons but look what happened once he got what he asked for.  Philly went on a tear at one point this season and it looked like they were going to lock up the NFC East.

But take a look at what is going on internally in the organization.  They are cleaning house and starting over fresh, replacing a lot of the veterans that have stood with Philadelphia through thick and thin.  Dawkins, Westbrook, Buckhalter are memories while a new, younger generation of Eagles are upon us.  McNabb is in the last year of his contract and the Eagles have depth at QB with Kolb waiting in the shadows and Michael Vick ready to prove to every one that he's back.  It makes logical sense if the organization wants to give the reigns to Kolb for the next couple of years and lock him up with a long term contract. 

Let's not forget that McNabb is 33.  He isn't that young QB from back in the day that would use his legs to evade defenders.  This is a more stationary McNabb.  A McNabb where the injuries might linger for a few days or weeks longer.  I do believe that he has at least another three years of good football in him, he just won't be wearing an Eagles uniform.

Personally, I'd rather see him finish out his career in Philly and try to get that monkey off his back.  But from a logical standpoint, I could see why the organization would go with Kolb.  You just don't entertain offers when you have three QB's.  Eventually someone's offer is going to catch Reid's eye and number five from Philadelphia will become a thing of the past like all of the other veterans before him.