Reid: Trade 'best for us and best for Donovan'
Philadelphia Eagles Coach Andy Reid acknowledged Sunday night that his team had strengthened an NFC East rival by trading quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins.
But the Eagles made the move because they regarded it as being in their best interests--and in McNabb's best interests as well, Reid said.
"We wanted to do what was good for Donovan and good for us," Reid said at a news conference in Philadelphia.
The Eagles are left with Kevin Kolb as their quarterback, and Kolb is to be backed up by Michael Vick.
"I don't know if we're rebuilding," Reid said. "I don't see it that way. I see it as when it's time to play, we'll have a good football team."
But the Eagles also have given the Redskins a proven quarterback to go with their new coach, two-time Super Bowl winner Mike Shanahan. The Redskins retained the fourth overall selection in the NFL draft and perhaps now can use it to begin to rebuild the offensive line that will protect McNabb. Reid was asked at his news conference if the Eagles had turned the Redskins into a contender with the trade.
"Are they a better football team with Donovan? Absolutely," Reid said. "We'll be there a couple Sundays with them, and we'll see how things go at that time."
McNabb, like Kolb and Vick, is entering the final season of his contract. Reid said at the annual league meeting in Orlando last month that the Eagles were listening to trade offers for their quarterbacks. There had been rampant trade speculation surrounding McNabb since then. Much of it focused on the Oakland Raiders and Buffalo Bills.
Reid said at his news conference Sunday night that McNabb would have played for any team to which he'd been traded. But Reid also said repeatedly that the Eagles wanted to put McNabb into a good situation with the deal.
"I just thought this was best for us and best for Donovan," said Reid, who drafted McNabb soon after being hired as the Eagles' coach in 1999.
Reid also called McNabb "the greatest quarterback to ever play for the Philadelphia Eagles."
The Eagles now turn to Kolb, a third-year pro last season who totaled 718 passing yards in two starts while McNabb was hurt.
"We see leadership and athletic ability," Reid said. "... He needs to make his own mark and be his own man."
April 4, 2010; 10:13 PM ET
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