Donovan McNabb was traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to their division rival Washington Redskins today. In exchange for the six-time Pro-Bowl quarterback, who led them to five NFC title games and one Super Bowl appearance throughout the 2000’s, the Eagles will get two draft-picks, including a second-round pick (37th) in this year’s draft. What are the ramifications of this trade you ask? Unsure, really. For McNabb, he doesn’t have to go to Oakland (sorry Chappy) which is not where he wanted to be at, at all. He made that clear early, and I’m not so sure why Al Davis continued to openly pursue him after that was made clear.
The cardinal sin in making trades in all of professional sports is to never trade a star player to a division rival. That’s why Green Bay didn’t send Brett Favre to Minnesota in 2008, see what Favre did to them last season? But, Andy Reid and McNabb have had a great relationship throughout their time in Philly, a mutual respect to say the least, and despite the scrutiny McNabb endured while leading the Eagles to the brink of greatness only to fall short every year, the Philly fans and organization knew that McNabb deserved better. And so the exception to the rule was made, and McNabb is now a Redskin.
So, whether or not Kevin Kolb has got the goods to pick up where McNabb left off in Philly, or whether or not McNabb can be this upcoming season’s Brett Favre for Washington remains to be seen. I’ve always said this about Washington though, they are just one really good quarterback away from becoming a contender. They definitely have had the talent, but haven’t delivered. McNabb might be the key. We’ll see.