Let’s be honest, when we found out Donovan McNabb was being traded we were thrilled. When we heard McNabb was traded to the Redskins we were confused, angry, and we even worried a bit. Why would Andy Reid make a trade within the division when the Eagles knew he would face us twice a year?
Turns out, once again, Reid made another phenomenal personnel move. McNabb has not only struggled this season, but the Redskins and the “genius” of a coach Shannahan have been the laughing stock of the league this year.
McNabb’s Redskins beat the Eagles early in the season but it wasn’t because of number 5’s play. However, after the game McNabb said in the locker that the “Eagles made a mistake by letting me go.”
McNabb, you could not have been more wrong. Because of the trade and an early Kevin Kolb injury, the Eagles now have a bona fide MVP candidate in Mike Vick. They also have a bright future and that is something to get excited about. In contrast, McNabb’s future is cloudy at best. McNabb has been benched twice now and he is the third string quarterback on a dismal team. McNabb will surely not be back with the Redskins next season, and it’s amusing how the Redskins thought they were on the right track for once when the traded for McNabb.
As a result of the trade, the Eagles received a second round pick last season, in which they selected safety Nate Allen. They also received another draft pick for 2011 that was a 4th round pick that could be a 3rd round pick if: 1) The Redskins won 9 games and 2) McNabb played 70% of the snaps. The Redskins are not going to win 9 games so this will surely be a 4th round pick in the upcoming draft. It’s obvious that the Eagles are the clear winner in this trade.
The Eagles could not have asked for a better way to have this season pan out the way that it has. We may not always agree with Reid’s coaching abilities, but he is brilliant when it comes to player personnel. Who knows where McNabb will be next season, but it’s obvious his play has significantly declined. The Eagles no longer have a quarterback controversy and the Redskins are right back where they started prior to the trade. Then again, the Redskins could always trade for Kolb.