In the beginning, no one thought there was a real chance of the Redskins trading for McNabb, despite their desire to replace Jason Campbell. But when the possibility became a reality, the Redskins jumped at the chance to get a proven star in McNabb.
So what does this all mean for 2010?
For one, you can forget about the Redskins drafting a quarterback. The Redskins' fourth pick will almost certainly be used on a left tackle now, making the Russell Okung faction of Redskins fans very happy.
Another good possibility is that Jason Campbell will now be traded, to the likely destinations of either Oakland or Buffalo. It will probably happen for a second-round pick, which would replace the one lost in the trade for McNabb.
Most importantly, this blockbuster trade means that Mike Shanahan wants to win immediately. While he is still rebuilding the offensive line this year, and could possibly draft a young quarterback in 2011, Shanahan is not willing to waste any time in putting wins in Washington's win column.
Despite the outcries of some pundits who believe the Redskins are doing "business as usual," the McNabb trade was very different from past years.
Quarterbacks of McNabb's caliber are rarely traded, and he represents a vast upgrade to the Redskins. He will instantly make them a better team and a postseason threat.
With the addition of a solid left tackle in the draft, the Redskins passing game could be prolific in 2010. With the Shanahans' proven offensive schemes, and with a receiving corps brimming with potential, Washington will finally put some significant points on the board.
Donovan McNabb still has at least two or three years of good play left in him. That's plenty of time for Shanahan and Allen to find another young quarterback to groom for the future, either in the 2011 draft or elsewhere.
In other words, the Redskins can still rebuild key positions while not having to sacrifice winning.
Washington's management made a good call with McNabb. The fans now have a lot of good things to look forward to in 2010 and beyond.