Why Donovan McNabb To The Raiders May Further Widen 'The Black Hole'

Ryan CookFeatured ColumnistMarch 25, 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 doesn't come as a surprise to me to hear that Al Davis and the Oakland Raiders are considering potential quarterback Donovan McNabb.  With the speculation already proving high a day into the so called "story," Oakland have greased up their very eager fingers in anticipation of signing the once Super Bowl-leading quarterback.

In his time with Philadelphia, Donovan McNabb experienced a wide range of emotions and feelings that could have easily put the most unstable of quarterbacks off.  From love, to hate, to a burn mark in his front lawn that has kept even the most talented of groundsmen at bay, Donovan McNabb was at times a marked man in Philadelphia.

If I were to compare McNabb to someone though, it would have to be Cosmo Kramer from the hit TV series Seinfeld.  Intelligent, witty, and lovable, but when his true colors shine you can't help but post the simple question of "Why the heck did he do that?"

Aside from TV though, McNabb is possibly seeking a new home.  Although head coach Andy Reid stated a month ago that McNabb was THE guy heading into 2010, it appears now that mixed emotions are being felt on both ends of the line.

More importantly, it is the temptation that is calling McNabb on.  From Syracuse, straight across the border to Philadelphia, in Eagle related terms, McNabb has yet to spread his wings in the NFL.  So you can't really blame him for wanting to add some spice to his controversial career.

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But the Oakland Raiders?  Surely not, I just fail to believe it.  However if it did happen, what would the potential outcome be?

Reasons Why Donovan McNabb Should Sign

There are a few solid looking reasons why the Raiders should sign Donovan McNabb.  The first being that McNabb is a solid quarterback, especially in the regular season.  Although McNabb strives off of having top caliber receivers such as DeSean Jackson at his side, McNabb can make great plays out of what seems to be nothing.

On the odd occasion, McNabb is also a great runner.  Rarely do we see it in the present days, but back in his hayday McNabb could take off like a bullet, especially in the red zone, further enabling the potential of touchdowns for the Oakland Raiders.

Aside from on the field though, McNabb brings a new sort of character to the Oakland Raiders locker room that we haven't seen for years.  Experience, knowledge, and intelligence of the game of football.  Sure Jeff Garcia had it, but unfortunately things didn't work out as some would have liked.

With McNabb's game knowledge and ethics in tact, the Black Hole could fail to swallow McNabb up.  The most important factor though is that McNabb does seem to get along with coaches, something Tom Cable could do with.  At the end of the day, however, it may come down to the simple fact that the Raiders need a quarterback, and with JaMarcus Russell and Brad Gradkowski both proving questionable, it may be the mere matter of a simple John Hancock and a farewell to the Philadelphia Eagles in the long run that lands McNabb in Oakland.

Reasons Why Donovan McNabb Should Not Sign

The list of cons for Donovan McNabb are quite long, so I will keep this short.  The one that sticks it's head out above the rest though is the fans.  Donovan seems to have this uncanny ability to persuade fans into loving him, and then make them hate him again overnight.  Whether it's great regular season play, followed by a lousy postseason, Philadelphia Eagle fans are all to eager to tell you just how they feel when thinking of ole No. 5.

The other factor that I look at when considering this signing is Oakland's lack of decent wide receivers.  Like I mentioned above, McNabb strives off of great wide receiver play, and although he can make plays happen, that still doesn't cut it.  Darrius Heyward-Bey and Chaz Schilens are almost unheard ofs in this league, something that will put McNabb off when considering the Oakland Raiders.

Finally, it's also the factor that it's all on McNabb's shoulders.  Should he get injured or should he underperform, there is a lack of decent backup quarterbacks in Oakland.  In Philadelphia, McNabb has had the luxury of backups nearly his entire career.  Jeff Garcia, Kevin Kolb, and Michael Vick have all been there should McNabb need a breather and in reality have done a damn good job of filling in.  As for Oakland, well the case just isn't the same.


At the moment, it's all speculation.  By writing this article I am not intending to bash Donovan McNabb in anyway, but I do think that this move could make or break his career.  Unstable is the word that comes to mind when thinking of Donovan, and although he has a highlight reel as lengthy as the next guy, with him comes controversy and criticism.  Oakland already have a boat load of that already, and certainly don't need anymore.

Signing or not, this potential deal is one that will catch everyone's eye.  It is still developing, and although the St. Louis Rams are in the mix, Oakland is leading the speculation race at the moment.  It's safe to say that this is an interesting move for the entire league, and a move that even the most creative of dreamers possibly would have never imagined.