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Eagles trade 6-time Pro Bowl QB McNabb to Redskins

 Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid answers questions from reporters during a news conference announcing the trade of quarterback Donovan McNabb to t...
 Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid answers questions from reporters during a news conference announcing the trade of quarterback Donovan McNabb to t...
 Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid answers questions from reporters about the trade of quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a p...
 FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2009, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb (5) runs with the ball as New York Giants defensive end Osi U...
 FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb (5) looks down field during an NFL football game against the ...
 Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid answers questions from reporters during a news conference announcing the trade of quarterback Donovan McNabb to t...
 FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2008, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb waits to answer questions at a news conference in Philadelph...
 FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2009, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Donovan McNabb (5) is examined by team personnel after being injured on a touchdown r...
 Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid answers questions from reporters during a news conference announcing the trade of quarterback Donovan McNabb to t...

Eagles Redskins Trade Football

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid answers questions from reporters during a news conference announcing the trade of quarterback Donovan McNabb to t...

Eagles Redskins Trade Football

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid answers questions from reporters during a news conference announcing the trade of quarterback Donovan McNabb to t...

Eagles Redskins Trade

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid answers questions from reporters about the trade of quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a p...

Eagles Redskins Trade Football

FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2009, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb (5) runs with the ball as New York Giants defensive end Osi U...

Eagles Redskins Trade Football

FILE - In this Jan. 3, 2010, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb (5) looks down field during an NFL football game against the ...

Eagles Redskins Trade Football

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid answers questions from reporters during a news conference announcing the trade of quarterback Donovan McNabb to t...

Eagles Redskins Trade Football

FILE - In this Nov. 19, 2008, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb waits to answer questions at a news conference in Philadelph...

Eagles Redskins Trade Football

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2009, file photo, Philadelphia Eagles' Donovan McNabb (5) is examined by team personnel after being injured on a touchdown r...

Eagles Redskins Trade Football

Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid answers questions from reporters during a news conference announcing the trade of quarterback Donovan McNabb to t...

Of all the possible landing spots for Donovan McNabb, the Washington Redskins seemed like a longshot.
The Philadelphia Eagles couldn't possibly trade McNabb to a division rival, right? Wrong.
In a surprise move late Sunday, the Eagles sent their star quarterback to the Redskins for a second-round pick (37th overall) in this month's NFL draft and either a third- or fourth-round pick next year.
"You can't say that we didn't think about that," Eagles coach Andy Reid said of having to face McNabb twice a year. "We did, but this was a decision that we thought was best for Donovan and, at the same time, the compensation was right for us. We certainly took into consideration Donovan's feelings here, too."
The trade is the boldest move to date for new Redskins coach Mike Shanahan and could spell the end in Washington for Jason Campbell, the starting quarterback for 3 1/2 seasons. Shanahan already has signed free-agent Rex Grossman as a backup and has been actively scouting the top quarterbacks available in the draft. The Redskins have the No. 4 overall pick.
"I'm really excited about my future with the Washington Redskins," McNabb said in a statement. "I'm eager to work with Coach Shanahan. He's been a very successful coach with a couple of Super Bowl victories on his resume. While it's been my goal to win a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, we came up short. I enjoyed my 11 years here and we shared a lot more good times than bad."
Shanahan can only hope the 33-year-old McNabb works out as well as the last big-time Washington-Philadelphia quarterback deal. The Eagles in 1964 sent Sonny Jurgensen to the Redskins, where he played 11 seasons until he was 40 and became a Hall of Famer.
"These people never learn," Jurgensen told the Redskins' Web site when informed of the trade on Sunday.
McNabb is entering the final year of a contract and it's unknown whether he is negotiating an extension with the Redskins.
McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowler, led the Eagles to five NFC Championship games and one Super Bowl in 11 seasons. His failure to lead the team to its first NFL championship since 1960, plus the emergence of Kevin Kolb, made him expendable.
McNabb, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1999 draft, leaves as the team leader in yards passing (32,873), completions (2,801), attempts (4,746), completion percentage (59.0) and touchdown passes (216). He also rushed for 3,249 yards and 28 touchdowns.
Kolb, who has started two games in three seasons, becomes the starter. Michael Vick is the backup. Both have one year remaining on their contracts.


Updated : 2021-08-01 10:38 GMT+08:00