After rumors of trades swirled for weeks now, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Donovan McNabb has finally been shipped off to a new team: the Washington Redskins. While sources said the Raiders had high interest in the long-time Eagles star, in the end, the Redskins seemed to be the right fit.
According to ESPN, the Eagles traded McNabb to the Skins for a pair of draft picks on Sunday night (April 4). In the trade, the Eagles will receive a second-round pick (37th overall) in this month’s NFL draft and either a third- or fourth-round pick next year.
“I’m really excited about my future with the Washington Redskins,” McNabb said in a statement. “I’m eager to work with Coach [Mike] Shanahan. He’s been a very successful coach with a couple of Super Bowl victories on his resume. While it has been my goal to win a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, we came up short. I enjoyed my 11 years, and know we shared a lot more good times than bad.”
With McNabb’s addition to the Skins, it could spell the end for Jason Campbell in Washington, after being the starter for 3 1/2 seasons. ESPN says that the team have met with him to discuss his future and plan to keep him, but are open to offers.
Coach Shanahan has already signed free agent Rex Grossman as a backup and has been actively scouting the top quarterbacks available in next month’s draft, when the Redskins will have the No. 4 overall pick.
McNabb played 11 seasons with in Philadelphia. During his stint in the City of Brotherly Love, he led the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl, but was never able to win the ring. He was also voted in six Pro Bowls. He was also the #2 overall pick in the 1999 NFL Draft behind quarterback Tim Couch at the Browns.
When McNabb went down last year with injury, newcomer Kevin Kolb stepped in and threw for more than 300 yards in his first two career starts, the first in history. His emergence made the Eagles choose Kolb over McNabb, because of youth and the future.
Kolb will not become the Eagles starter with Michael Vick serving as a back-up.
“This was a very tough decision,” Eagles coach Andy Reid said. “Donovan McNabb represented everything a football player could be during his 11 seasons in Philadelphia. He carried this organization to new heights and set a high standard of excellence both on and off the field. We thank him for everything he did for this football team and for this city.
“I can’t deny there wasn’t a choice to be made. There were things offered for Kevin,” he added. “I thought this was the best deal here.”