Donovan McNabb Doesn't Want to Play for the Raiders, So What?

Ramone BrownSenior Writer IApril 2, 2010

If you think for a minute Donovan McNabb doesn't cringe at the thought of playing in Oakland, or would even consider extending his contract for us, then you are kidding yourself.

Donovan McNabb does not want to play in Oakland. He wants to play for a contender.

McNabb doesn't want to play behind a porous offensive line with an undersized center and young receivers with suspect hands.

But apparently most fans don't care, and I'm sure Al Davis could care less.

Some have even gone as far as to suggest McNabb would refuse a trade to the Raiders. Unfortunately for McNabb, that is impossible, and he lacks the power to do that. Unless, of course, he would be willing to retire and forfeit $12 million just to avoid playing for the Raiders.

If the Raiders want McNabb, they will get McNabb.

Like Richard Seymour last year, if the Eagles decide to send McNabb to Oakland, there is nothing he can do to stop it.

Last year Richard Seymour didn't want to come to Oakland, but he came and he played hard—if only to show the Patriots they were fools for letting him go.

Now, whether or not he wants to stay in Oakland is debatable. Sure, it took a franchise tag to keep him, but his comments about "finding his place in Oakland" suggest he wants to stay.

McNabbs' views on playing in Oakland can be changed, and if the Raiders trade for him they have until his contract expires next year to convince him to stay.

All the Raiders need to do is create an environment a QB could be comfortable in—and by comfortable I mean being confident he won't be leaving the field on crutches or a stretcher.

The Raiders need to revamp the o-line for Donovan McNabb. Actually, the Raiders need to revamp the o-line period...regardless of who plays QB.

And what better place to start than the draft?

The only o-linemen I would put faith in is a healthy Robert Gallery...and maybe Mario Henderson on a good  day.

Then there's the running game—something McNabb has never had. The Raiders undoubtedly have tremendous talent at running-back, and with Hue Jackson calling the plays, the Raiders run-offense can get back to its 2007 and 2008 form.

A guy could get used to not having to throw the ball 40+ times a game and simply handing the ball off while others do most of the work.

Darren McFadden might just be the next Brian Westbrook; another injury prone running back who is actually a better receiver than running-back.

Then there's the receivers. McNabb has never really had good receivers. He has only had two true No. 1 receivers throughout his 11 year career: Terrell Owens and Desean Jackson.

Donovan McNabb could work the same magic with our receivers that he did with no-name receivers like Kevin Curtis, Fred Mitchell, Todd Pinkston, Reggie Brown, Herb Lewis, Hank Baskett, and Jason Avant.

Donovan may not want to come to Oakland right now, but if the Raiders were to bring in McNabb and add a few legitimate offensive linemen, the the guy may never want to leave.

But hey, worst case scenario is that we bring in McNabb and he gets hurt, or hates playing in Oakland and finds another team next year, and the Raiders are in the same position next year as they are now, just down another draft pick.

PS. Donovan, if you come to Oakland please bring back the fro.


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