McNabb and the Man Behind the Curtain

The one aspect of the latest flurry of Donovan McNabb trade conjecture that intrigues me the most is the proverbial “source close to/familiar with the situation.” Who the hell is this masked person?

Does he work for the Eagles? Is he a spy planted by the Cowboys/Giants to spread false information? Could it be Andy Reid using one of those voice alternators like the killers used in Scream? Either nobody knows, or nobody is saying.

What I do know is that this unnamed person suddenly surfaced after Reid let slip that he was listening to offers for all of his quarterbacks, which immediately translated to The Eagles Are Going to Trade McNabb. It never ceases to amaze me how one innocuous sentence from a head coach can trigger a powder keg of “what if” scenarios.

Here’s a quick timeline documenting all the misinformation being spread throughout NFL circles:

Wednesday morning: Reid makes public the team is entertaining offers for all three quarterbacks.

Wednesday afternoon: The Inquirer’s Jeff McClane reports the Rams have offered a second-round pick and free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe, according to a source close to the situation.

Wednesday afternoon: McNabb responds to rumors and states he wants to remain in Philly.

Thursday morning: Rams GM Billy Devaney calls the trade “utterly ridiculous.” Head coach Steve Spagnuolo follows with “there’s nothing to that.”

Thursday afternoon: Cardinals GM Rod Graves says they have “no interest” in McNabb. Both the Raiders and Bills are said to be the leading candidates to acquire McNabb, according to unnamed league officials.

Thursday afternoon: Donovan speaks with Reid and tells him he does not want to be shipped to either Oakland or Buffalo and would prefer to stay in Philadelphia.

Thursday night: A person familiar with the trade discussions claims the Eagles want a “top 42” pick in exchange for McNabb.

Friday morning: McNabb says he would prefer to go to Minnesota if he’s traded anywhere.

Friday morning: Former Birds coach Dick Vermeil reveals he spoke to Reid recently and in his opinion the Eagles were not going to deal McNabb.

Friday afternoon: Len Pasquarelli reports the Raiders are offering up cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to land McNabb.

Friday afternoon: CSN Philly’s Derrick Gunn reports a McNabb deal won’t happen until next week, according to an unnamed league source.

Friday afternoon: McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, tells the Eagletarian his client hasn’t discussed with Reid where he wants to be traded.

Whew! Did you get all that? As you can see, someone out there is trying desperately to convince anyone who cares that Donovan is on his way out. Hey, maybe he is, but as I’ve said before, what we’ve seen and heard over the last three days is NOT how the Eagles conduct business.

Stay tuned for more. The end of this chapter has yet to be written.

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