Breaking News: McNabb to the Redskins
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S&BI Staff
Posted Apr 4, 2010

The Raiders were at the forefront of the Donovan McNabb-trade discussions ever since the Eagles began entertaining offers, and they were even rumored to have been close to a deal. Those rumors however have been put to rest with the recent news that the Washington Redskins have acquired the veteran quarterback.

As confirmed by’s Jay Glazer, the Philadelphia Eagles have traded six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins in exchange for the Redskins’ second round pick (37th overall) in this year’s draft along with either a third or fourth round pick next year.

The move comes as somewhat of a surprise as the Eagles send their franchise quarterback to their NFC East divisional rivals, but as Glazer reports, Eagles head coach Andy Reid wanted "to do right by Donovan" and send him to a contender.

Ever since the Eagles began entertaining offers for McNabb, the Raiders have been the team most discussed as a possible destination for McNabb. Last week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that a McNabb-to-Oakland trade was inevitable.

It’s believed the Raiders’ offer was their second round pick, 39th overall.

Besides McNabb, the Raiders have been searching for another quarterback to add to the stable of Bruce Gradkowski, JaMarcus Russell, and Charlie Frye. It’s been rumored that the Raiders have taken a look at Vikings quarterback Sage Rosenfels and restricted free agent Troy Smith.

It’s possible that the deal fell through with the Raiders because of McNabb’s desire to play for a contender, and also, with 2010 being a contract year for McNabb, the Raiders might not have wanted to gamble a second round pick for a possible one-year player.

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