Eagles Deal McNabb to Rival Redskins
How's this for another big Washington Redskins offseason splash: Donovan McNabb, of all marquee quarterbacks, will suit up in burgundy and gold.
In a trade of seismic proportions in the NFC East, the Redskins obtained McNabb from their division rival Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday for a second-round pick (37th overall) in this month's draft and a conditional fourth-round pick in 2011.
That the Eagles were willing to trade the 12th-year veteran within the division underscores dramatic risk: McNabb will face Philadelphia twice a year.
"You can't say we didn't think about that," Eagles coach Andy Reid said. "But this was best for Donovan, and the compensation was right for us."
The Oakland Raiders also bid on McNabb, 33, whose exit from Philadelphia seemed imminent after Reid revealed in March the team was taking offers. McNabb, due $5 million in 2010, is in the final year of a contract Washington expects to extend.
"Are they a better football team with Donovan? Absolutely," said Reid, whose 11 years with McNabb were the most of any active coach-quarterback combination in the NFL. "But we'll be there a couple times a year, and we'll see how it goes."
Reid named Kevin Kolb, a 2007 second-round pick, as his new starter over Michael Vick.