Donovan McNabb: Why the 49ers Would Be Crazy Not to Pull the Trigger

Andy Bensch@@AndyBenschSenior Writer IMarch 28, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JANUARY 03:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 of the Philadelphia Eagles at Cowboys Stadium on January 3, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Earlier this offseason, I wrote an article stating that upgrading the quarterback position wasn’t necessary for the San Francisco 49ers.

However, that piece was written before the Philadelphia Eagles confirmed they were looking to shop star quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Recent reports suggest the Eagles may not be expecting much more than a second- or third-round draft choice in return. And yet it feels as if the 49ers aren’t one of the main teams interested in his services.

Because Alex Smith and David Carr are so much better?

As I’ve stated in the past, giving Smith a second chance to prove his abilities under the same offensive system for two straight seasons was an understandable route for the 49ers.

But after dishing out six million dollars to Carr to be a “backup,” the 49ers obviously don’t have much faith in Smith’s capabilities moving forward.

And with McNabb on the market at a bargain price, the 49ers should clearly be interested in his services.

After all, it is not everyday that a top-10 quarterback becomes available.

Not only would McNabb be a tremendous upgrade for San Francisco, but acquiring him would also prevent him from being traded to division rival Arizona who is also in the market for a starting quarterback.

Currently, the 49ers are the NFC West favorites with the way the offseason has unfolded thus far. Kurt Warner retired, and the Cardinals traded away Anquan Boldin to the Baltimore Ravens. Just like that, two big-time play makers for the Cardinals won’t be returning.

Yet, so far this offseason, the 49ers haven’t made a single significant upgrade. Besides signing Carr, the only moves the 49ers have made are resigning veteran offensive tackle Barry Simms to a 1-year deal and signing free agent cornerback Karl Paymah. I know what you’re thinking, who is Karl Paymah?


The 49ers were 8-8 last year, haven’t made the playoffs in seven straight seasons and have numerous holes to fill in order to truly become a competitive playoff team.

Can all of their holes be filled in the upcoming draft? Possibly, but rookies are never a sure thing, especially with the 49ers.

Therefore, bringing in an established player at a position of need via free agency or the trade market would be a better route to go than simply hoping to strike gold in the draft.

Is that why Scot McCloughan mysteriously parted ways with the 49ers? The former San Francisco GM “mutually” parted ways with the franchise just a couple weeks ago. Could it be that McCloughan wanted to spend money but ownership didn’t?

Perhaps Jed York and Co. didn’t see player personnel needs the same way. While reports will say McCloughan decided to leave for personal/family reasons, that probably isn’t the case.

I mean if that were true, wouldn’t it have made more sense for the GM to step away right after the season ended rather than so close to the upcoming draft?

The 49ers are holding this matter extremely close to the vest and their unwillingness to state the true reason behind the decision is extremely odd.

If McCloughan actually had some health concern or truly did want to spend more time with the family, why wouldn’t he let the 49ers release that information to the public?

McCloughan ought to know how much this team means to the fans, who deserve not to be kept in the dark on critical decisions.

Those fans are expecting a playoff berth this season. And a trade for McNabb would only increase the likelihood of that happening. And with the rumored asking price being as low as it is, the 49ers would be insane not to pull the trigger.

Yet, nobody in the media is suggesting McNabb is even on San Francisco’s radar. How can this be?

The 49ers have proven commodities at every single skill position except quarterback and when one becomes available on the trade market, the 49ers are nowhere to be found?


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