Washington Redskins Season Could Start Tomorrow

Josh McCainSenior Writer IApril 28, 2011

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5  of the Washington Redskins on the sidelines against play against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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By now you've probably already heard that Judge Nelson has issued a stay in the NFL lockout and that the league should return to business as usual.

Some teams, like the Washington Redskins, didn't get the memo and haven't allowed players to enter their facilities to work-out.

Though nothing has been officially announced yet, NFL insiders like Adam Schefter and Peter King have been tweeting that the league year could begin tomorrow.

You know what else is tomorrow?

Round two of the 2011 NFL Draft. Or if you're a Redskins' fan, the round that the Skins gave up to acquire soon-to-be-ex-quarterback Donovan McNabb.

If there is even the slightest chance of business as usual beginning tomorrow, and if I'm Bruce Allen, I'm on the phone with the Minnesota Vikings trying to grease the wheels to send McNabb to Minnesota and try and recoup a second round pick.

After last year's deconstruction of the former all-pro, it might be a tough sell to get a second round pick, but it won't hurt to try.

Honestly, I think McNabb is still worth a second round pick and still worthy of being a Redskin, but after last year's embarrassing conclusion to the season I don't know what the rest of the league would offer when it's clear the team no longer wants McNabb.

I guess it goes to show you how far off the Skins are.

Last season the Philadelphia Eagles basically did the same thing to Kevin Kolb. He was the starter, got benched (though his was due to injury), and was replaced by Mike Vick.

However, even in his benching, head coach Andy Reid continually praised Kolb as if he were the next Tom Brady, instead of a guy who has barely proven himself to be a starting QB in the NFL.

On the other hand, the Redskins treated Donovan McNabb as a pariah.

In spite of the age difference I'd rather have McNabb at the helm of my team than Kolb, but where the Eagles lathered Kolb with praise and are expecting a first round pick for him (it would have to be for next years draft), the Skins will be lucky to snag fourth rounder for a much more accomplished and proven quarterback who still has some tread left on his tires.

No, the Redskins are a poorly ran franchise that will somehow get fleeced in a deal with the Vikings. I can just see the team trading McNabb, along with a pick, for a single pick from Minnesota that will probably be later than the third round.

I don't know if it's the lockout or the disappointing finish by the Redskins last season, but I don't think my expectations for this franchise have ever been lower.

Each new season is suppose to bring new hope. Sadly this season is only bringing me dreadful thoughts that I'll have to sit through 16 games, the majority of which will be unbearable.

For more shiny optimism on the Redskins, follow me on Twitter (@jomac006).


It would appear that some of the points raised in this article are moot.  Peter King and a host of others are now reporting that the NFL League year as far as free agency and player trades will not begin until Monday.

Therefore any possible trade between the Redskins and McNabb would have to be for players or picks in next year's draft.

However there isn't anything stopping the teams from discussing possible draft choices that might be dealt, i.e. Bruce Allen says to the Vikings' GM before say the Vikes' fourth round pick "Boy I'd sure like this player" and then low and behold he's drafted by the Vikes and traded to the Skins on Monday for McNabb.