Donovan McNabb Thrown Into the Trash by Eagles: Franchise Quarterback a Bargain

Daniel KablackCorrespondent IIIApril 5, 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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It looks like his time is over.

According to Adam Schefter of ESPN , the Philadelphia Eagles have finally decided to trade away franchise quarterback Donovan McNabb to their division rival, the Washington Redskins.

The six-time Pro-Bowler had led the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl.

Rumors have been circulating for weeks on whether McNabb would end up going to the Oakland Raiders or another team in need of a veteran quarterback.

No one would have thought they'd trade him to a division rival.

The deal will include a second-round pick from the Redskins to this year's 2010 NFL draft, and a third or fourth-round pick for next year's draft.

And now there are reports that the Redskins might fare better then the Eagles during this upcoming season.

Don't get too excited Redskins' fans.

Without a doubt, Donovan McNabb will add a dimension to your game that you have not seen in years, but he is not the answer.

Don't forget he's still the same McNabb who's missed a couple seasons with injuries.

And he's the same McNabb who was drafted over a decade ago—he's only got so many miles left.

I'm not sure what exactly the Redskins ownership is thinking, as far as the long-term goes, but for now, they have a new franchise quarterback.

And Philadelphia, you've lost your best chance at a Super Bowl this season.

The departure of McNabb signals a change in guard. It was his last year on contract and the Eagles seemed like they were not willing to pay his roster bonus due in a month.

They've played through Donovan's injuries in the past, even going 5-1 at one point with veteran Jeff Garcia at the helm, but now, there's no looking forward to a return of McNabb.

Third-year quarterback, Kevin Kolb, will take the reigns of the Philadelphia Eagles offense.

In his first two starts he recorded over 300 yards passing, which is a first for any NFL quarterback in league history.

I stated in one of my previous articles that there was no way that the Eagles should trade Donovan McNabb to another team for anything less than a first-round pick.

And it would be impractical for the Eagles to trade him to a divisional rival.

That's just what they did.


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