Redskins Prefer Chunky Soup Over Original
It was been widely reported that the Philadelphia Eagles have been trying to figure out a trade this offseason, one that would clear up their three-player logjam at quarterback.
Head coach Andy Reid is apparently a fan of recent draft pick and University of Houston alum Kevin Kolb, which meant that once the team decided to pick up Michael Vick's option, and then didn't get blown away in the trade market, McNabb was the odd man out.
Original rumors were that McNabb was destined to become an Oakland Raider, but apparently that is not so. Today it was announced that McNabb has been shipped to the Washington Redskins in exchange for their second round pick this year (No. 37) and a third or fourth round pick next year.
I'm surprised at this move for several reasons. First, I was really buying into the Raider talk because Al Davis is crazy, the Eagles might have gotten more from them than Washington, and we know that recently retained coach Tom Cable is not a Jamarcus Russell fan.
Second, it's generally frowned upon to trade any starter, let alone your former franchise quarterback, to a division rival. As evidence, LaDanian Tomplinson's assertion that he would rather retire if the Raiders were the only team that wanted him.
Lastly, it serves as yet another slap in the face to Jason Campbell. Lots of writers and bloggers have panned Campbell as a bust or unworthy of an NFL starting job, but that argument cant really hold water. Campbell has never had any continuity in his career - he has not had the same offensive coordinator in consecutive seasons at any point since he left high school.
You can't really assess Campbell's ability as a QB when he's had so much turnover in his season-to-season game planning and expectations - no matter how he has played on the field. Don't be shocked if Campbell once again asks to be traded and gets his wish, and the 'Skins take someone like Jimmy Clausen in the first round.