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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."

By Mark Maske  |  April 4, 2010; 10:13 PM ET  | Category:  Eagles , Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Great sucker deal yes, however you've got the sucker wrong, this is Sonny J all over again you fools never appreciated McNabb anyway-hell you booed him more than Santa Claus. Not saying it will happen but play this scenario, who would be a better mentor to strengthen Campbell than McNabb? No one that's who. Donavan on the backside likes Campbell and by all accounts is one helluva guy, Danny can surely afford to pay them both,unless Jason's trade value sores (unlikely) they can pay him to back up McNabb(a guy he won't have a problem doing this with)we have a starter caliber back up in a league that eats QB's. Hardly any team gets through the year without losing their starter for at least a game or so, win - win. Now if they can trade down, pick up a low 1st and a second,maybe a third for their 4th pick then you have some meat for the "O" line, and let's not forget, new coaching brings a new set of eyes. Stephan Heyer is hardly a bust yet or ever when you figure in where we got him,good center,good and possibly really good guards and away we go. Call me an optimist but last check prior to all of this blog crap that was what "fans" were. Williams & Dockery at the guard spots are solid to possibly really good,Heyer gets coached up,stays healthy we have a good young RT Tackle, then worst case you take Okung,best case trade down get Campbell or Davis and a few more. And the Brunell comparison is just plain stupid, on Mark Brunell's best day he couldn't microwave Donavan's momma some soup, please that was the dumbest yet. I may be an overly optimistic fan but comparing Brunell to McNabb is like comparing Norm Snead to Sonny Jurgensen, oh that's right Philly did that trade too. Worked out real well for you "Iggles fans" when was your next winning season after that---about 30 years later when for a few shining moments Jaws brought you to respectability, cripes if it wasn't for Joe Pisarcik you guys wouldn't have had a highlight in the 60's or the 70's.

Posted by: mfowler1 | April 5, 2010 8:39 PM

MCNABB IS GOOD BUT COME ON HE HAS INJURY PROBLEM, BEEN IN THE LEAGUE 11YRS, WHAT DO THE SKINS PLAN ON GETTING OUT OF HIM, CAMPBELL WAS NOT GIVEN A CHANCE TO PLAY BEHIND A GOOD OLINE.THANK YOU JASON FOR THE GOOD TIMES

Posted by: tlj-dc | April 5, 2010 9:54 AM

Very bizarre trade. But, at least the Philly fans will still get to see 'ol Dmac twice a year and in the post season it won't be a long drive back to the Linc to watch the Eagles in the playoffs...

Posted by: ozpunk | April 5, 2010 9:44 AM

WHY DO WE KEEEP TRADING FOR OVER THE HILL PLAYERS, WE JUST MADE OUR 2ND. MOST HATED RIVAL THAT MUST STRONGER,THE EAGLES ARE LOADED THIS YEAR WITH DRAFT PICKS AND NOW WE HAVE ONE LESS. WILL IT EVER STOP? SURELY ALLEN AND SHANNY MUST HAVE ANOTHER TRADE INCLUDING JC. AND OTHERS OR THIS IS A PRIME EXAMPLE OF THE VINNY REGIME.

Posted by: wheelerd | April 5, 2010 6:46 AM

This smacks of Mark Brunell who was also a great QB BEFORE joining the Skins. And he did what afterwards? Made them marginally better before being dumped. And let's see. The overriding problem for the Skins is their OL and they have done just what to improve that to keep McNabb from being killed? And they have just what left to improve it? Good luck Donovan. You're certainly going to need it next year.

Posted by: jbkulp | April 5, 2010 4:49 AM

Oh please, this is a train wreck of a deal. While McNabb had his moments any team in their right mind would NOT trade a player to a division rival if they were still worth a @#$%! And here I thought we were heading in a new direction, guess not. Nothing against McNabb but I sure hope it's just part of a bigger pre-draft deal to send him elsewhere.....

Posted by: franklinone | April 4, 2010 11:31 PM

Jim Haslett does not coach the defense when we play the eagles, because mcnabb will.

Posted by: khmwynn | April 4, 2010 11:28 PM

Dear Redskins fans, Your team still stinks, but it's better than it was yesterday.

WE LOVE YOU DONNY MAC! -Philadelphia

Posted by: jimromano123 | April 4, 2010 11:07 PM

Though I am a die-hard Redskins fan, the Eagles just shot themselves on the feet. We just become better against the Eagles. You think Donovan will play timid against a team which he gave all his best for the last 10 years and just remained unappreciative? Just wait. Year 2010 Series: Redskins 2, Eagles 0.

Posted by: midas20874 | April 4, 2010 11:05 PM

"But Reid also said repeatedly that the Eagles wanted to put McNabb into a good situation with the deal."

Andy, I don't think that putting McNabb into a body cast is a good situation.

However, congratulations for executing a great sucker deal.

Posted by: angelos_peter | April 4, 2010 10:52 PM

Westbrook, Dawkins and now McNabb...but you ain't rebuilding Andy? At any rate, he is right about this helping both teams.

Posted by: kahlua87 | April 4, 2010 10:52 PM

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