It was a class move, on behalf of Andy Reid, Joe Banner and the Eagles organization, to send McNabb to the team where he wanted to go and close to his current home. As a football business move, I fear Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins for a 2010 2nd round pick and a 3rd or 4th round pick in 2011 will be a transaction even the irrational McNabb hating Eagles fans will regret. Be careful what you wish for.
I really do not like this move. Trading McNabb to the ‘Skins gives a heated in division rival a top 10 NFL QB. ‘Skins GM Bruce Allen and Coach Mike Shanahan now have a QB so they can focus on offensive line and WRs. With the 4th pick, they can definitely start building a top flight O line with a left tackle. Shanahan runs a west coast offense with similar progressions, likes to run the football and roll his QBs out of the pocket. McNabb is a pretty good passer rolling out of the pocket and will have to pass much less playing in a Shanahan offense. The Eagles defense has been scorched by QBs like Jake Plummer, Eli Manning and Drew Brees rolling out of the pocket.
The Eagles are rebuilding and now have 5 of the first 87 picks. To be competitive this year and next, the Eagles have to hit on everyone of those picks. None of them can be a bust. Not. One. That is incredibly hard to do. I am not looking forward to Philadelphia Eagles football this fall.