Donovan McNabb Traded To Washington Redskins

April 5th, 2010-  By Bryan Cross

Donovan McNabb will remain in the NFC East, but will don an entirely new get up, as Philadelphia traded him to division rival Washington.

The announcement was made Sunday night, as the Redskins get the quarterback that they need, while the Eagles get in return a second-round draft pick in this year’s draft, and a third or fourth round selection in 2011.

“I’m really excited about my future with the Washington Redskins,” McNabb said in a statement Sunday night. “I’m eager to work with Coach [Mike] Shanahan. He’s been a very successful coach with a couple of Super Bowl victories on his resume. While it has been my goal to win a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, we came up short. I enjoyed my 11 years, and know we shared a lot more good times than bad.”

Brian Mitchell was a former teammate of McNabb’s, and long-time Redskin, said that he spoke with McNabb about the events, and remarked that the quarterback was very upbeat.

“In his voice I heard a lot of enthusiasm,” Mitchell remarked “And you know, he may not be exactly like me, but I could hear he had a little revenge in that voice, too. And he wants to go to the Eagles and show them that they made a mistake.”

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that McNabb preferred the Redskins over the Raiders and the Bills, which led to the trade.

“Donovan McNabb was more than a franchise quarterback for this team,” remarked Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie of the quarterback that spent his entire career in Philadelphia. “He truly embodied all of the attributes of a great quarterback and of a great person. He has been an excellent representative of this organization and the entire National Football League both on and off the field. I look forward to honoring him as one of the greatest Eagles of all-time and hopefully see him enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton one day.”

This was an aggressive move by Washington and first-year head coach with the organization Mike Shanahan.  Jason Campbell has started for the team for the last 3 1/2 seasons, but following the trade on Sunday, it appears his run in Washington as the starter will come to an end.

Schefter reports that both quarterbacks have been in contact with each other via the phone.

McNabb is a six-time pro bowler, and led the Eagles to five NFC Championship games appearances.  They reached the Super Bowl once, but lost to the Patriots.  He was the second overall selection in the 1999 NFL Draft and is the Eagles’ career leader in all major categories spanning passing yards, touchdowns and completions.

The recent development of back-up quarterback Kevin Kolb spearheaded the decision to trade McNabb.

“This was a very tough decision,” stated Eagles’ coach Andy Reid. “Donovan McNabb represented everything a football player could be during his 11 seasons in Philadelphia. He carried this organization to new heights and set a high standard of excellence both on and off the field. We thank him for everything he did for this football team and for this city.”

Last season, McNabb threw for 3,553 yards to along with 22 touchdowns.  He threw only 11 interceptions, as he has protected the ball well throughout his entire career.

Under McNabb’s tenure, Philadelphia tabbed a 92-49-1 during the regular season, and 9-7 in the post-season.

Washington failed to make the playoffs last season, but with a new coach and quarterback, USA Online Sportsbooks will have to change Super Bowl XLV odds.

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