McNabb trade speculation runs rampant
UPDATED (9:08 p.m.)...
Trade speculation regarding Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has been running rampant since Eagles Coach Andy Reid said Wednesday at the annual league meeting that the team was listening to trade offers for its quarterbacks.
The St. Louis Rams, Oakland Raiders, Buffalo Bills and Arizona Cardinals are among the teams that have been linked to a possible McNabb trade in media speculation.
McNabb is entering the final season of his contract, so any team that would trade for him might want to sign him to an extension as part of the deal.
The Eagles would be left with Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick to vie for playing time at quarterback if they trade McNabb.
"My position hasn't changed," McNabb wrote on his blog on yardbarker.com. "I've said all along that I would like to win a Super Bowl and finish my career in Philadelphia.
"I understand the situation well and just hope whichever direction the Eagles decide to go in, they do it quickly. I think that would be best for me, Kevin, Michael, the Eagles, and any other teams involved. No matter what happens, I've already begun preparing to have an outstanding season in 2010."
The Rams have denied that they're discussing a potential McNabb trade with the Eagles. They have the top overall selection in the NFL draft and could go in another direction at quarterback by choosing Oklahoma's Sam Bradford. A report that was denied by the Rams had them potentially sending the top choice of the second round and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe to the Eagles for McNabb.
The Raiders and Bills lack an established player at quarterback, although it's unclear how much interest McNabb would have in signing a contract extension with either of those teams. The Cardinals lost veteran quarterback Kurt Warner to retirement this offseason, and McNabb has a home in Arizona. General Manager Rod Graves said the Cardinals have no interest in trading for McNabb, according to the team's Web site.
It's unclear if the Minnesota Vikings, coached by former Eagles offensive coordinator Brad Childress, could join the scramble to try to trade for McNabb if their quarterback, Brett Favre, opts not to return next season. The Vikings have indicated a willingness to wait until shortly before the season for Favre to make his decision, and a potential McNabb trade could be completed by then.
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