It's the moment we've been waiting for all offseason... The Eagles have traded Donovan McNabb, but they've done so to a team that pretty much no one saw coming. The division rival Washington Redskins. That mean Donovan McNabb will be back as an opponent twice year for the forseeable future.
The Eagles will receive the Redskins' second round pick this year (37th overall) and a 3rd or 4th round pick next year depending on certain conditions. Sal Pal is reporting that the picks are contingent on McNabb's play.Pretty amazing stuff.
The quote is from Bleeding Green Nation, the fabulous Eagles blog that just saw their team trade their franchise quarterback, and arguably the best player to ever throw a football for the Eagles franchise, TO A DIVISION RIVAL!
The move also alters the 2010 Draft dramatically. Many felt that Mike Shanahan and the new regime in Washington would draft a quarterback, like Jimmy Clausen or possibly Colt McCoy. Now, with a quality veteran QB locked up, the Redskins are free to take someone like Russell Okung, which is who Hogs Haven took in SB Nation's Writers Mock Draft.
The move is pretty amazing, and incredibly brazen on the part of Andy Reid and the Eagles. They clearly think McNabb is done. Trading him to a team within their own division, to a team Eagles fans absolutely detest, it is a move only made by people who are either incredibly stupid or very secure in their jobs (or both!).
Regardless, McNabb will be highly motivated in 2010 to kick the utter crap out of the Eagles twice next year. For the Eagles, they get a second rounder this year and conditional picks next year. Again, McNabb is a proven quarterback who has taken teams to five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl. Compare this trade with the Jay Cutler trade.
If I were an Eagles fan, I'd be pissed.