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Donovan McNabb traded to Washington

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From the ESPN:


PHILADELPHIA -- Donovan McNabb is changing uniforms and staying in the NFC East.


The Philadelphia Eagles traded McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a pair of draft picks on Sunday night. The Eagles will receive a second-round pick (37th overall) in this month's NFL draft and either a third- or fourth-round pick next year.


"Donovan McNabb was more than a franchise quarterback for this team," Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said. "He truly embodied all of the attributes of a great quarterback and of a great person. He has been an excellent representative of this organization and the entire National Football League both on and off the field. I look forward to honoring him as one of the greatest Eagles of all time and hopefully see him enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton one day."


ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter was the first to report that the 33-year-old McNabb had been traded.


McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowl quarterback, led the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl in 11 seasons in Philadelphia. His failure to lead the team to its first NFL championship since 1960 plus the emergence of Kevin Kolb made him expendable.


McNabb, the No. 2 overall pick in the 1999 draft, is the franchise's career leader in passing yards, touchdown passes, pass attempts, and completions.


Kolb, who has started two games in three seasons, becomes the starter. Michael Vick is the backup.


"This was a very tough decision," coach Andy Reid said. "Donovan McNabb represented everything a football player could be during his 11 seasons in Philadelphia. He carried this organization to new heights and set a high standard of excellence both on and off the field. We thank him for everything he did for this football team and for this city."


McNabb threw for 3,553 yards and 22 touchdowns with 10 interceptions in 14 games last season, leading the Eagles to the playoffs. His passer rating of 92.9 was the third-highest in his career.


But McNabb played poorly in a loss to Dallas in Week 17 that cost Philadelphia a division title and a first-round bye. He also struggled in a loss to the Cowboys the following week in the wild-card game.


Reid said immediately after the season that McNabb would return in 2010. Reid repeated that several times throughout the offseason until acknowledging last month the team was listening to offers for all three of its QBs.


"Donovan is the ultimate professional," Eagles president Joe Banner said. "He has an incredible work ethic and has been an integral part of our success. Over the years, Donovan has always carried himself with a great deal of dignity. He's an excellent role model for young men and women from across the region. In my mind, he'll always be remembered as one of the greatest Eagles of all time."


Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.


So, Kevin, what do you think?

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Well, I've been expecting a trade for several weeks. I had hoped that they'd keep him for one final season but didn't really expect them to. I'm a bit disappointed that the trade was to the Redskins, seeing as the Redskins are a divisional rival and seeing as I grew up in a Redskin household where the Sonny Jurgensen for Norm Snead trade of the 60's was mentioned to me many times.


I've heard rumblings of the Redskins being interested for several days and figured that they were the "mystery team" that has been spopken of, I just expected that if the trade was to the Redskins that they'd be asking for at least their first round pick.


With Donovan McNabb as their QB though I believe this makes them a serious playoff contender. Not necessarily a Super Bowl threat but I see them making the Playoffs.


I'm unsure what to expect of Kevin Kolb though, he has a good first name so he's starting off strongly and he had a promising showing in the 2 games that he started in 2009 but really other than that he hasn't shown much of anything to the fans.


As an Eagles fan I just have to hope that the Eagles front office knows what they're doing and trust them to do their jobs. In the past when they've moved on from aging players it's almost always worked out in the Eagles favor so I'm hoping this will be the case here as well.


As a Donovan McNabb fan though I was really hoping he'd get a Super Bowl ring, being with the Redskins though I have to hope for nothing but failure (sorry Donovan but I'm an Eagles fan, can't root for Redskins, Cowboys or Giants).

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