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Donovan McNabb To Washington Redskins: Good or Bad for the Oakland Raiders?

TommyCorrespondent IIIApril 5, 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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After a long period of rumors, the Philadelphia Eagles have traded Donovan McNabb away to the Washington Redskins.

Of all teams, the Redskins were the ones that no one expected to make the move. It was rumored that the Raiders or Bills would break the ice and trade for McNabb. Those rumors were obviously just, well, rumors.

The deal is reportedly for the 37th overall pick in the draft, just two picks ahead of the Raiders' second round selection.

First when all these rumors started to arise, I was excited about the idea. The thought of having Donovan McNabb in a silver and black uniform? I immediately thought about the possibilities that could have come with McNabb, such as playoffs and the return to greatness where we dominated the AFC West.

But then reality struck me. McNabb would not work well in Oakland. For one, he's stated that he doesn't not want to play for the Raiders. I've always believed that if a player doesn't want to play for us, well, then screw him. He's not worth it. Plus, he only has one year left on his contract, meaning by the end of the season, he'll be gone and we'll be back to where we are right now.

Another thing is that he's 33 now. In the last five years or so, McNabb has been consistently hurt. Bringing a now injury prone quarterback in his 30s to play behind our offensive line, which is one of the bottom in the league, is not such a great idea. Though, it would be a fun game to see how many plays it takes for McNabb to leave the field due to injury.

Now that I think about it, the only good thing that could have came from trading for McNabb is that we would give JaMarcus Russell a veteran quarterback who can teach him the ins and outs of the game.

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In the end, I, for one, am happy that we did not trade for Donovan McNabb. Yes, he would be good for Oakland now, but not for the future. The best choice for the future of the Raider Nation is to improve the game of former number one overall pick, JaMarcus Russell.

Though Russell loses out on a mentor, he gains a possibility to win the starting position and prove to the world that he is not an NFL bust like so many have labelled him.

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