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What McNabb’s Trade to Washington Tells Us

Donovan McNabb is now a Washington RedskinDonovan McNabb is now a Washington RedskinAfter years of getting close but never making it over the hump, the Philadelphia Eagles finally decided it was time to try a new direction. The Eagles traded quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins in exchange for draft picks.

So what does the fact that Philadelphia was willing to trade their long-time starting quarterback tell us? Moreover, what does the fact that he was traded within the Eagles’ own division tell us?


Quite simply, it tells us that all the Donovan McNabb apologists were wrong all along.

One of the great NFL debates for the past several years has been about what kind of player McNabb is. Is he truly great but just unlucky or missing key ingredients in his supporting cast?

The fact that Philly sent him to an NFC East rival may not settle the matter completely, but it says a lot.

If the Eagles really thought McNabb could be the man to lead a team to success somewhere, they wouldn’t have made a move to strengthen a divisional rival. Obviously, they felt he couldn’t lead the Eagles to success, but moving him to Washington says something even more drastic – McNabb will never be a champion.

So what does the trade mean for the Eagles? It means that they believe in Kevin Kolb. They will give Kolb the ball, and hope that he can do something similar to what Aaron Rogers has in Green Bay.

The picks coming Philly’s way are a second round pick this year, and either a third or fourth rounder next year.

As for McNabb, he leaves the Eagles as the all-time franchise leader in passing yards (32,873), completions (2,801), attempts (4,746), completion percentage (59.0) and touchdown passes (216).

The Eagle’s other quarterback, convicted felon, Michael Vick, becomes the back-up to Kolb.

Over in Washington, the change in the quarterback situation is cause for more shuffling as well.

Jason Campbell has been the Redskins’ starter for the past three seasons, but new Redskins coach Mike Shanahan has already signed Rex Grossman as a back-up. That’s bad news for Campbell.

The end of the Donovan McNabb era in Philadelphia is bittersweet for Eagles fans. McNabb accomplished some amazing things in the past decade, but in the end couldn’t get the biggest job done – winning a Super Bowl. His prospects of doing that with the rebuilding Washington Redskins are slight, but there’s no one in the NFL who doesn’t wish McNabb well as he opens a new chapter in his career.

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Last modified on Monday, 18 April 2011 16:20

Happy is a regular contributor to RosebudMag.com and has written for various other publications, including Black Belt, Inside Hockey, and FoxSports.com. He transitioned to life as a writer following a decade-long career as a touring musician. He lives with his son in Vancouver, British Columbia

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