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Agent Smith: You hear that Mr. Anderson?...That is the sound of inevitability...
The cost—a second rounder this year (37th) and either a third or fourth round pick in in 2011 depending on Mcnabb's play—is pretty cheap as far as I am concerned. Although, you can easily debate that it says a lot about what the league thinks McNabb can still do.
I was shocked it happened within the NFC East as it's so dangerous to trade within your Division.
Don't think that the new starting quarterback for the Skins won't mark down two dates on his calender when the schedule is released this week. If the Redskins add a tackle in the Draft who works out and can sort out the running back situation, it could be a fight.
If the Eagles lose to the Redskins twice this year, things could get ugly even among those who support this move.
That's why the Packers tried so hard to avoid letting Favre go to the Vikings. You don't want a guy who was your franchise quarterback to move in across the metaphorical street and then have a nicer house than you.
However, like the Favre/Rodgers/Packers dust-up of just a couple of years ago, I don't think this is an insane move for the Eagles. It has long since felt (at least to me) that it was time for both parties to move on.
In fact there was an odd feeling of deja vu about the move. Maybe we'd just heard it was happening for so long that it felt inevitable. My surprise has little to do with McNabb being traded—it felt like he was on his way out since they drafted Kolb.
As far as I can tell from my bubble in New York, the Eagles have been itching to move on to Kolb for a while now. On some level, Philadelphia seems to have been feeling that McNabb would not get them to the promised land.
Like the Packers with Rodgers, the Eagles were ready to see what they had in Kolb. Like with the Packers and Favre, the Eagles appeared to be ready to move past McNabb.
And at least in retrospect, like Favre, I think McNabb has plenty left in the tank to offer a team.
Now, McNabb wasn't playing will-he-won't-he yearly like Favre. The franchise knew he was coming back each year. He won games, took them to the Super Bowl, made the playoffs a lot, and won the Division more than once.
But he couldn't win that big one and for the Eagles, I think they felt it was time to see what a change could bring them.
Since McNabb is now playing for Mike Shanahan, some comparisons to Elway have been made. The Broncos hung with Elway despite a label of being unable to win 'the big one' and were rewarded with a pair of Super Bowls.
Should McNabb win a Super Bowl with the Redskins, (unlikely this year sure, but he's got plenty of career left) you'd have to wonder if the problem was more the coach than the quarterback.
Counterpoint to the above: the Patriots dumped Drew Bledsoe and got Tom Brady.
Not to say that Kevin Kolb is definitely Tom Brady nor McNabb is Bledsoe. But I can see the urge to see what Kolb can do for your team.
At the end of the day, I think this could be a win-win for all involved.
McNabb gets to be the undisputed top quarterback in a franchise that really wants him and desperately needs a solid signal caller. Philadelphia gets to move on to their new quarterback, see if he can carry them to the promised land and begin moving in their new direction.
And sports radio has material for at least the next week before Favre starts making noise about whether he wants back in or not.