Are Redskins a Division Contender With McNabb?
We are still in shock that the Eagles traded Donovan McNabb–their franchise player for a decade–to a division rival.
Was the deal they received from Washington really that much better than anyone else’s? Well, there were reports that Philly could have landed either Nnami Asomugha or Albert Haynesworth, but chose instead to accept a couple of draft picks.
But does it even matter what was involved in the trade? After a night to sleep on it, our official position is one of apathy–we just don’t think this deal is that big of, well, a deal.
The Redskins upgrade their quarterback position (perhaps only slightly), but the rest of their roster is simply not talented enough for it to make a difference. Their offensive line is porous and even the addition of the top left tackle in this year’s draft will not be enough to sufficiently protect McNabb in 2010.
Further, the trade doesn’t exactly make the Eagles the cream of the NFC crop either. Despite Kolb’s limited success last season and the presence of Michael Vick, the position is still a huge question mark right now.
Yes, they received draft picks which, according to our calculations using the NFL’s Draft Value Chart, should add up to around a late first-round pick. Is that a lot to receive for an aging quarterback with just one year left on his deal? Perhaps, but don’t forget only one of those picks is in 2010.
Would you give the Eagles an early second-rounder in 2010 so that they were forced to unleash their (still productive) starting quarterback and begin the season with a signal-caller with only a handful of career NFL starts? We would.
Overall, the deal just balanced out the power a bit more in the NFC East. The Redskins still won’t make the playoffs, and the Eagles will still lose if they get there.