Why Donovan McNabb Trade Offers Are Like Dinner Specials to Andy Reid

Dan ParzychSenior Writer IMarch 25, 2010

PHILADELPHIA - AUGUST 17:  Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles talks with head coach Andy Reid in the second quarter of a pre-season game against the Carolina Panthers at Lincoln Financial Field August 17, 2007 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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The trade rumors continued to swirl about Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb when head coach Andy Reid released to the media how the team was “entertaining and evaluating” all offers for the six-time Pro Bowler, as described in an article from ESPN.com.

“I’m listening [to offers] out there,” Reid said Wednesday at the NFC coaches media breakfast, according to Philly.com. “I’m not saying I’m doing anything. But we’re keeping our ears open. “I don’t worry about [what other people are saying]. It’s an evaluation process right now.”

It’s hard to imagine any player this offseason could be more popular in the headlines than Brett Favre–but it’s happened. Each day, a new rumor seems to emerge about a possible trade scenario with McNabb on where he could end up playing next season.

Quite frankly, it’s getting a little annoying to hear and read about.

In my opinion, there is that small, small chance that McNabb starts for a different team other than the Eagles in 2010. At the end of the day, all final decisions must go through Reid—no matter how many members of the front office may think it’s time to part ways with Donovan and let the Kevin Kolb era officially begin.

With the relationship between McNabb and Reid in mind, the only likely scenario where Philadelphia trades McNabb is if they receive an offer from an opposing team they can’t refuse–such as a first or high second-round pick.

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If he does return for his 11th season with the Eagles, it seems highly likely it will be McNabb’s last since he only has one year left on his contract.

It would be difficult to turn down a high draft pick from a team this year with the risk of letting him walk away after next season with nothing in return.

Then again, reality has to come into play when considering which teams would actually consider surrendering such a high draft pick for player like McNabb who seems to have two or three good years left at most in him–which is why these current trade rumors are nothing more than hearing dinner specials when out at a restaurant for Reid.

Reid has been quite the target for Eagles fans over the years when it comes to joking around about his weight and has even cracked his own jokes during his press conferences, which is why this fan's voice doesn’t feel so bad about taking a jab himself.

When Reid goes out to his favorite restaurants, there’s a good chance he already knows what to order before hearing the chef’s specials for the night. He has his heart set on a particular meal and is convinced not to take any other approach.

However, he listens anyway as the server explains what extra meals the cooks have prepared for that particular evening in case there’s that one special item that draws interest and may change his mind—which is exactly what he’s doing with other teams interested in McNabb.

It’s no secret Reid wants McNabb to be his quarterback for the upcoming 2010 season, but what happens if he comes across an interesting offer he can’t refuse?

Hopefully, he’ll take the restaurant approach and just go with his usual—meaning Reid will decide to keep McNabb around for at least one more season.

Dan Parzych is the Eagles Fan Voice for NFLTouchdown.com.

He is also the founder of the new NFCEastFootball.com.

Questions? Comments? djp746@gmail.com

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