McNabb, Eagles close to agreement?

Posted by ESPN.com's Matt Mosley

As the Philadelphia Inquirer reported again Wednesday, the Eagles will soon meet with Donovan McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, to discuss a contract extension. The Daily News' Les Bowen pointed out a couple of weeks ago that McNabb hadn't retreated to his home in Scottsdale, Ariz., as he often does this time of year. The thought is that he's hanging around Philly because of the impending negotiation.

I don't believe that McNabb's demanding a huge signing bonus. It's more important to him to have some security -- and perhaps an apology for his November benching. McNabb deserves a lot of credit for bouncing back and leading the Eagles to the brink of the Super Bowl. Does he deserve an apology? Well, that's for Andy Reid and Joe Banner to decide.

Though Reid's decision to bench McNabb served as the impetus for the Eagles' turnaround, the quarterback would never admit that it was a good thing. He felt betrayed by a head coach who has supported him every step of the way.

Who knows what would've happened had Kevin Kolb led the Eagles to a victory over the Ravens in November. My guess is that he would've started the rest of the season. Now, there's a chance we'll never see him as the permanent starter. A healthy McNabb could start for at least two more seasons. He's five years younger than Kurt Warner, so maybe he could play even longer.

McNabb has two years remaining on his current deal with the Eagles. I think he'd like to sign a five-year deal with about $18 million in guaranteed money.

Now I'm anxious to hear what you think. Oh, and here's an interesting story the New York Times did on McNabb last month that you'll find interesting.