I've been reaching out to a few of Donovan McNabb's former teammates this evening in an attempt to gauge their reaction to this trade. Eagles tight end Brent Celek is a close friend of Kevin Kolb, but he understands how important McNabb has been to the franchise. And Celek's career took off late in the '08 season in large part because McNabb started to gain trust in him.
"Don was one of the players who helped bring the organization up to what it is today," Celek told the NFC East blog. "He was a great teammate and leader. I will miss playing with him, and I wish him the best in the future."
But at least McNabb will have two scheduled reunions per season to catch up with his old teammates. By the way, John Clayton has already elevated the Skins to "co-favorites" in the NFC East. I'm not quite as optimistic, and I'll tell you why at some point during the next 24 hours.