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Redskins Owner Daniel Snyder has a reputation for overpaying to view the swan song of future Hall of Famers. Remember Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders and Jeff George? In the case of Donovan McNabb, this couldn't be further from the truth.

By executing this offseason's biggest trade, Daniel Snyder has secured the first marquee quarterback of his tenure. Moreover he will have outsmarted a divisional rival that has dominated competition for the past decade.

Despite his mercurial relationship with the City of Brotherly Love, McNabb has arguably been the most successful quarterback in franchise history. Arriving to boos, in 1999, after a decade which featured such noted field generals as Bubby Brister, Bobby Hoying and Doug Pederson, McNabb resurrected the Eagles. He led the team to five NFC Championship games and its first Super Bowl since 1980 -- only its second ever. And number 5 has plenty left in the tank. In 2009, McNabb put up 3,553 yards with 22 touchdowns against only 10 interceptions. His QB rating of 92.9 was the third highest of his career. If anything, he's peaking like Peyton Manning, only younger.

The Delaware Valley masses who have been calling for a trade have somehow forgotten the decades of despair. Perhaps the shiny glint of Lincoln Financial Field has blinded them to the fact that making the playoffs is no forgone conclusion in the NFL.

Getting a 2nd round pick and a 3rd or 4th in 2011 isn't Boxer being sent to the glue factory. It's more akin to selling the Island of Manhattan to your sworn enemy for $24 worth of beads. McNabb is still capable of leading any decent NFL franchise to a Super Bowl, including the Washington Redskins. Kevin Kolb will be lucky if he can lead a horse to water and PETA has vowed protest if Michael Vick is seen near an animal.

It remains to be seen if this will go down as the worst move in Eagles' history or the smartest in Daniel Snyder's. What cannot be disputed, however, is that this trade will fundamentally change the power dynamic in the league's most competitive division.

By Emil Steiner  |  April 4, 2010; 9:32 PM ET  | Category:  Donovan McNabb , Emil Steiner , Philadelphia Eagles , Washington Redskins Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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"It remains to be seen if this will go down as the worst move in Eagles' history or the smartest in Daniel Snyder's."

This is the same question. I think you mean, "The best move in Iggles' history..." It's either good for one and bad for the other, or the reverse. Your question makes it "tails you lose, heads I win".

As much as I despise the Iggles, they have been a smart team the last decade or so. They didn't trade their franchise QB for chump change because they saw a bright future in him. Even if they wanted to go with another QB, they could have gotten a high 1st rounder for McNabb if he were still a viable QB.

Instead, the Iggles saw themselves pasted 3 times by the Cowboys and their offense impotent on too many occasions.

Just like past Redskin pickups, Snyder is banking a lot of money on a hasbeen. Unless Snyder has a time machine or fountain of youth, this is another Deion Sanders move.

Posted by: AxelDC | April 5, 2010 8:26 AM

About the only really safe prediction Eagles and Redskins fans can make is that the Skins will be improved this year. Better coaching and the rejuvenation effect of a different environment will propel McNabb, at least until the inevitable injury(ies) take their toll. If the Skins' offense is tailored to his strengths--play action passing in the 15-30 yard range (requiring strong pocket protection and quality receivers)--McNabb may thrive. Forget the short pass to a crossing WR, McNabb never mastered it & Reid never abandoned it.
The Eagle's MO for the last 10 years has been to trade or, far more often, release players on the wrong side of 30 who were at or near the end of their contracts. Other teams were generally willing to (over)pay for these players, who, in the main, contributed little to their new squads--remember Jeremiah Trotter?--, especially after the first year.
Whether they admit it or not, the Eagles are rebuilding and McNabb is yesterday's news. It's about the future and, of course, $$$$$.

Posted by: pliddle1 | April 5, 2010 9:08 AM

This is,sadly, a very smart move for the Eagles,and just another example of the Redskins not being able to understand the process that leads to success in the NFL. It's called the draft.

Posted by: Albie1 | April 5, 2010 10:23 AM

I choose to be optimistic and there is good reason to be. McNabb is unquestionably better than Jason Campbell and there is no way, (barring major injury) that with him at the helm, we repeat a 4-12 season. It's reckless to think playoffs but not that reckless. This won't be a JIm Zorn coached team. Shanahan will have this bunch ready and won't let the divas run things. A failure would be anything less than 8-8 which feels realistic, all things considered. If we don't fix the O line somehow, not a lot is going to happen, period, and I don't see us doing that in one year. So we need a little more patience here. Bottom line...McNabb takes us to the next level,...a level we haven't enjoyed for nearly twenty years. What's not to feel
good about? This year's going to be a lot different. Enjoy!

Posted by: Jupiter301 | April 10, 2010 6:23 AM

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