Deciphering the McNabb Trade Talk

I could pontificate for 3000 words on the most recent Donovan McNabb trade rumors, but I’ll spare you and my fingers the agony. Until he’s moved, or isn’t, anything anyone writes is conjecture anyway. Then again, if there’s one thing us blogger types revel in it’s conjecture. At least I prefer brief conjecture.

The trade to the Rams came from left field, and conveniently surfaced hours after Andy Reid announced to the world that the Eagles were listening to offers for all of their quarterbacks. It seems like everyone with a laptop and a cell phone who works as a sports journalist contacted their best sources in an effort to discover which teams were interested in Philly signal callers.

Jeff McClane, Derrick Gunn, Sal Pal and Jay Glazer are just some of the guys who blazed up Twitter with their findings. Of course, none of these findings were confirmed by anyone credible. The unnamed  league “source” everyone keeps citing could be legit, or he/she could be a bored intern looking to stir the pot. I guess we’ll get our answer in the coming days and weeks.

The only point regarding McNabb being traded I want to make is this: the front office is like Fort Knox, so any deal involving their franchise quarterback will be kept under wraps. These are the same guys who managed to slip deals for Jason Peters and Michael Vick under the radar last offseason.

They blew experts and fans away back in ’04 when they landed TO and Jevon Kearse. Did anyone see the Marlin Jackson signing coming, or the trade for Darryl Tapp? No. What about when they drafted Kevin Kolb back in 2007? Anyone predict that?

Bottom line: Reid and Banner don’t play their hand until the ink is dry.

Could all this blabbing be an elaborate ploy by the Birds brain trust to spark interest in Don? Sure. It’s late March. This kinda stuff occurs around this same time every year. Pre-draft rumors are simply par for the course.

Don could still be traded tomorrow, next month or in June. Maybe this has been the plan all along. To wait until he was in the final year of his contract then unload him for whatever they can get before handing the keys to Kolb. This way they don’t have to go through another messy Brian Dawkins-like divorce next March. It’s possible, I guess.

I say McNabb isn’t going anywhere. And I am more than prepared to eat my words should I be proven wrong.

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