The Philadelphia Eagles traded veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb to their division foes, the Washington Redskins, on Sunday in exchange for the Redskins’ second-round pick next month (No. 37 overall) and either a third or fourth-round choice in 2011.
McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowler, has led the Eagles to the NFC Championship game in five of his 11 years. However, with the young Kevin Kolb waiting in the wings and all three of the team’s quarterbacks on the roster with just one-year left, the team opted to go with that route of youth.
The No. 2 overall pick in the 1999 draft, McNabb leaves as the franchise leader in yards passing (32,873), completions (2,801), attempts (4,746), completion percentage (59.0) and touchdown passes (216). He also rushed for 3,249 yards and 28 TDs.
Head coach Andy Reid indicated that is important for the franchise to keep McNabb’s best interest in mind when trading him. Clearly Washington is a better landing sport for the 34-year old than Buffalo, Oakland or St. Louis would have been. Still, how the Eagles traded him to a division rival is mind-boggling.
FANTASY IMPACT: Clearly Kolb is the big winner here. He immediately rises into the top 20 with top 12 potential. McNabb’s value could take a minor hit, but he should still be considered a solid starting option. DeSean Jackson is the best wideout to be impacted by the move, but I don’t expect much off a drop off. Give a big boost to all Washington wideouts. Still, none of them excite me at this point. Jason Campbell's value takes the biggest hit. The former Redskins is likely to find a new home.
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