'Skins Nab Donovan McNabb: Aftermath of the Most Puzzling NFL Trade Ever

Tim WoodSenior Writer IApril 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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Wow. I can honestly say I didn't see this one coming.

This just goes to show you how desperate the Eagles were to get Donovan McNabb out of Philadelphia. To trade him to an NFL East division foe is absolutely mind boggling.

There will never be a QB in history with a falser stink of failure than McNabb. He has Hall of Fame numbers RIGHT NOW. I'm a Tom Brady guy and even I know McNabb's stats are better. He could just never get the ring.

There was just one too many times of one step away. The Eagles feel they need to go in a new direction.

Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie was quoted as saying he looks forward to honoring McNabb as a Hall of Fame Eagle one day. Well Lurie, you just about ensured the Fame part, because McNabb is going to go to D.C. and win a Super Bowl.

WINNERS

McNabb: He obviously wanted to prove everyone wrong in Philly. But he goes to a town that is dying for a legit QB. They will love on McNabb because he's not Jason Campbell, period.

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Mike Shanahan: He gets to start his reign with a hungry and proven commodity behind center. He's getting a guy that made Kevin Curtis and Reggie Brown look like Swann and Stallworth. McNabb makes schmoes into Pro Bowlers. The Skins have a lot of schmoes at wideout that need makeovers. McNabb's the black Ty Pennington in D.C.

Kevin Kolb: You looked great in brief glimpses, kid. And you're anybody but McNabb. So here's the keys to the kingdom. Good luck with that.

The AFC West: Can you tell I like McNabb? No. 5 in Oakland would have made the Raiders an instant division contender.

Mike Vick: For as much as he wanted to be a starter again, it was awful strange to hear boo from Vick's camp when the Eagles brought him back. Well played, No. 7. You could have whined and gotten a ticket to a red hot mess in St. Louis. Instead, you let the situation play out and to reward your patience, you are two bad games by Kolb away from being a starter again--and for a much more talented offense than anywhere you could have gone to be the sure-fire starter.

The Redskins backfield: Willie Parker, Larry Johnson and Clinton Portis just became relevant again. They'll finally have a QB that can throw them a proper dump pass 60 times a year.

Daniel Snyder: All I can think of is the dude from the PS3 "Dude, we went fishing in Cabo!" baseball commercial saying, "Well played, Snyder." First Shanahan. Then LJ and Fast Willie. Now this. Watch out, DS. Someone might accuse you of being Robert Kraft soon enough.

FOX: They just got one more relevant team in their blessed NFC East. No more dreadful fourth quarter time killing banter between Buck and Aikman through a 38-0 Giants blowout.

OMC, the band: "How Bizarre, How Bizarre" is going to be getting a lot of play in the McNabb montages over the next few months.

LOSERS

The Oakland Raiders: Quite an impressive resume of misfortune and almosts in the last 20 years, Mr. Davis. This is just further proof that karma will never be kind to the Raiders until you die.

The Buffalo Bills: Did you really think Andy Reid would be that cruel to his bromance?

Kevin Kolb: He's not ready to hold the keys.

Rex Chapman: Missed it by THAT much! Can't imagine a Chapman-McNabb QB controversy.

Andy Reid: There's no one left to blame. The next failure's on you, coach.

Jerry Jones: Snyder and Shanahan own the spotlight for the offseason now. The one upside: This will buy The Permasmile a little time to go off the grid and get another facelift before the pre-season.

HBO: Somewhere in a New York high rise, some "Hard Knocks" producer is saying, "Man! If we'd just waited one more week to decide!"

Jimmy Claussen: Sorry, dude. Buffalo it is. You lost about $700,000 in draft positioning. And you lost the chance to be Anyone Other Than Jason Campbell. The upside: There's good young talent on the Bills' offensive depth chart. The downside: You're going to be exposed quicker as a fraud because you'll be The Guy. Five games of underthrowing Lee Evans and all 12 Bills fans will be calling you the new Chad Pennington. Good times.

Tim Tebow: Jim Kelly loved you, man. See "Rex Chapman". You're a lock for the late second round. At least you're back in play for the Patriots.