Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb told reporters at the Pro Bowl on Wednesday that he plans to be in Philly next season. He pointed out that coach Andy Reid has already stated that he'll be the Eagles quarterback in 2010. Of course, what did you expect Reid to say the day after the season ended?
McNabb "I don’t even get into that, until if that was to happen," McNabb told reporters in South Florida. "But you know what? I love being in Philly. I’ve been there 11 years, we’ve had a lot of success over the years and I don’t believe in starting somewhere and going somewhere else to finish your career. I believe in starting somewhere and finishing what you started and my goal is to win a Super Bowl, bring it back to Philadelphia because I think they deserve it. We’ve given them some great years but we just haven’t been able to finish and I think good things are to happen pretty soon.”
At this point, McNabb's going to say all the right things about playing for the Eagles. But if it becomes clear that the Eagles are not going to extend his contract, I expect him to sing a different tune. Here's what Les Bowen from the Daily News wrote today from the Senior Bowl:
"A key official of a team often linked to McNabb trade speculation told the Daily News that his team would be interested, but he does not think the Eagles are going to deal McNabb."
But with Kevin Kolb also heading into the final year of his contract, I think the Eagles need to make a move. There's a chance a team would trade a first-round pick for McNabb. And that's something the Eagles need to explore. It's not like there would be a ton of backlash from Eagles fans if they traded McNabb. It wouldn't even be close to the backlash that allowing Brian Dawkins to walk in free agency caused.
In fact, I would guess that about 65 percent of the fanbase would be pleased with McNabb's departure. If the Eagles felt like they were just one player away from winning a Super Bowl next season, then keeping McNabb would be a lot easier for fans to stomach. But I don't think that's the case with this team.
The Eagles need to make some major changes to their defense and it's not like the offensive line was a thing of beauty in '09. We'll keep you posted on any developments.