Washington Redskins: The Going Rate for Donovan McNabb

Josh McCainSenior Writer IJuly 12, 2011

PHILADELPHIA - OCTOBER 03:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins against the Philadelphia Eagles on October 3, 2010 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Redskins defeated the Eagles 17-12.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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According to John Clayton of the four letter network, quarterback Donovan McNabb's trade value is somewhere around a sixth or seventh-round pick.

Now I'm not a fancy smancy commentator from Bristol but even I can see that he is devaluing McNabb, at least a little.

Now I'm not going to say a team should drop a first-round pick down for McNabb, especially the way the Redskins have talked about him.

Mike Shanahan might be a football genius (debatable I know) but he's a terrible salesman.

The Skins haven't done themselves any favors in the way they've handled McNabb which is the exact opposite of what the Eagles have done with Kevin Kolb, who by the way isn't as good as McNabb currently is.

The thought that the Skins will only be able to get a sixth round pick at best is ludicrous.

Donovan Jamal McNabb might be 34 years old, but he's still got probably 2-4 years left in the tank and to a team like the Vikings or Titans, he could be very valuable in tutoring their rookie QBs.

Outside of Kolb and McNabb, the only QBs getting any talk are Kyle Orton and Matt Hasselbeck.

Where it looked like the Kyle Orton was definitely out in Denver, recent statements by new head coach John Fox would say otherwise.  In spite of praising Tim Tebow when he first got the job, I don't think Fox is ready to hitch his wagon to a QB that probably would benefit from a few more seasons on the bench.

If this is the case, then Orton would probably be off the trading block.

Hasselbeck is an option for teams who need a quarterback for a season or two, but he looked worse than McNabb did last season and he probably has very little left.

So if Orton is truly off the trading block, that really only leaves Kolb and McNabb, and with the Kolb to Arizona deal seemingly done, that really just leaves McNabb for teams like Carolina, Minnesota, Tennessee, Cincinnati, Miami, and Seattle.

All of those teams could be looking for a veteran quarterback to fill the void for a few seasons.

However, if only one team is interested (Minnesota), then the price for McNabb would be pretty cheap, but before the dust settles (especially if the Broncos hold on to Orton) look for the price for McNabb to go up.