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Report: Raiders inquire about trading for Eagles QB McNabb

Rich Gannon was 33 when the Raiders signed him as an unrestricted free agent after a four-year run with the Kansas City Chiefs ended in 1999.

It didn’t take long for Gannon to assert himself as the Raiders unquestioned starting quarterback and make people forget about Jeff George, Donald Hollas and Wade Wilson.
Gannon earned Pro Bowl honors four straight seasons and was the league MVP for the 2002 season.

Perhaps, then, it makes sense to learn of the Raiders of approaching the Philadelphia Eagles about a trade for quarterback Donovan McNabb.

The news comes from Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports in a story that says the Raiders and Buffalo Bills have contacted the Eagles about trading for McNabb.

Eagles coach Andy Reid said at the NFL owners meeting in Orlando, Fla., earlier this week that he has been contacted by teams about all three of his quarterbacks, including Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick.

“We’ll go back and look through those [talks] and think through them a little bit once we’re away from this situation here,” Reid said. “[There is] nothing that, right now, that I can jump up and down about. But there has been some interest. … I’m listening to things out there. I’m not saying I’m doing anything. I’m just keeping my ears open, which we do on every player. This is no different.”

That has helped fuel the speculation, which is running rampant about now.

The Philadelphia Inquirer cited a league source in reporting that the St. Louis Rams are offering the Eagles a second-round draft pick (No. 33 overall) and free safety Oshiomogho Atogwe for McNabb.

A Rams source told NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora that there is nothing to that report. Later, Rams general manager Billy Devaney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch that the Inquirer report is “utterly ridiculous” and that he hasn’t spoken with the Eagles about any of his players.

Make of it what you will. The move makes sense from the Raiders standpoint if coach Tom Cable and managing general partner Al Davis aren’t sold upon JaMarcus Russell, Bruce Gradkowski or Charlie Frye as the starter for next season.

Cable certainly isn’t sold upon any of the three as the unquestioned starter, saying it’s a full, wide-open competition come training camp. Trading for McNabb could change that in an instant.

The thinking also could go along the lines of bringing in McNabb so that he can give the Raiders the best chance of succeeding this year and asking him to help develop Russell.
It’s worth noting that McNabb had flattering things to say about Russell a few days before the Eagles played the Raiders at the Coliseum last season and went out of his way after the game to speak with Russell.

“Not all the negative aspects of what’s been going on should fall on JaMarcus because it’s a team game,” McNabb said in a conference call with Raiders beat writers four days before the Raiders beat McNabb and the Eagles.

McNabb said that Russell’s progress has been retarded by the high turnover in coaches, offensive coordinators, play-callers and players during his first three seasons.
It’s a tough situation for him,” McNabb said in the conference call. “I’m sure that he’s going to do what he has to do in order to pull himself out of it, and just make sure the guys understand that he’s putting in the effort as well.”

Cable said Tuesday at the owners meeting that Russell is putting in the required effort and that things are going as planned. Maybe so, but that’s coming from the same coach who pulled Russell from games twice last season and, ultimately, benched him for the final seven games.

The Raiders aren’t allowed to comment on a player under contract to another team, so there’s nothing from their camp about the McNabb-to-the-Raiders stories. Two Raiders employees said that they were unaware of the Raiders contacting the Eagles about McNabb.

McNabb was the second pick of the 1999 NFL draft by the Eagles. He has amassed 32,873 yards and 216 touchdowns passing, with only 100 interceptions. The Eagles have reached the playoffs eight times and the Super Bowl once on his watch.

The reports of McNabb being shopped by the Eagles prompted him to respond on his blog on yardbarker.com.

“I was asked to respond to statements made at the NFL owners meetings that the Eagles would entertain offers to trade any of their three QBs,” McNabb said. “Here is my response: My position hasn’t changed. I’ve said all along that I would like to win a Super Bowl and finish my career in Philadelphia.

“I understand the situation well and just hope whichever direction the Eagles decide to go in, they do it quickly. I think that would be best for me, Kevin, Michael, the Eagles, and any other teams involved. No matter what happens, I’ve already begun preparing to have an outstanding season in 2010.”

Last season, McNabb passed for 3,553 yards and 22 touchdowns. He completed 60.3 percent of his passes, with 10 interceptions.

By comparison, Russell, Gradkowski and Frye passed for 2,875 yards and 10 touchdowns. The trio completed 52.8 percent of their passes, with 18 interceptions.

Any team trading for McNabb would inherit his contract, which expires after next season. He also is due a $6.2 million roster bonus in May. In other words, it’s likely that the Raiders or another team that trades for him first would attempt to work out a long-term contract.

Russell’s contract calls for him to earn $9.45 million in 2010. Of that figure, $3 million is guaranteed whether he is on the opening-day roster or not.

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  • maddenraiderfan

    # RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:44 am

    Lefevour or Tebow?

    I’d rather stick with Gradkowski and Russell and keep the pick.

    ***

    me too. Especially since we found out that Lefevour has a noodle arm at his Pro Day and you know Tebow will take another 1-2 years of development.
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    That is why I said they are both bad ideas. Ofc, after LeFevour’s pro day, I bet he could be had in the 4th possibly, and then I would be more interested in taking him.

  • DMAC

    Morning Nation

  • edward teach

    San Diego, Kansas City and Denver all need linebacker help, and SD in particular has about a million draft picks this year. They could all have Morrison for a third round pick, and have chosen to pass.

    Why? Because they’ve seen him twice a year for awhile now, and they, like a lot of us, know he sucks.

    That third rounder ain’t coming for him, and the second rounder damn sure ain’t coming for Howard.

  • jhill

    However, I still think that getting a 2nd rounder for Howard is a pipe dream

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    I hear you RRS and Madden …

    Well maybe he sticks around and plays WLB for us again since Wimbley took Scott’s position?

    Does that mean Ricky Brown is our MLB and Trevor Scott is back to 3rd down pass rush specialist?

  • RaiderRockstar

    good mornin’ DMAC

    how do you feel about playing for Philly?

    you’d share the backfield with McCoy & Bell instead of Bush & Fargas!

  • http://www.car.org KoolKell

    Trade Al Davis for Robert Culp.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Michael Huff and a 3rd for McNabb. Make it happen Al!

  • DMAC

    Yeah, I’d be their new Westbrook.

  • DMAC

    Dakota,
    If Al trades Huff…….
    Welcome Taylor Mays

  • maddenraiderfan

    Huff and Morrison for McNabb

  • jhill

    NO WAY you trade Huff!

    Mike Mitchell and a 3rd for McNabb!

  • jhill

    DMAC for McNabb is not a bad idea.

    Then we could take Best and feature Bush.

    Or take Gerhardt in rd 2.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    I’d do that one too Jhill, lol, but I don’t think the Eagles have seen his youtube highlights.

  • DMAC

    The Browns have shown “a lot of interest” in Florida CB Joe Haden, according to his agent Malik Shareef.
    Source: Cleveland Plain Dealer

    Please select him, so Al won’t get a chance to take him.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Does that mean Ricky Brown is our MLB and Trevor Scott is back to 3rd down pass rush specialist?

    ***

    I think it’ll be much like last year. Morrison & Brown will compete for the MLB job, but Capt Kirk just may take a seat on the bench this time around (until Ricky Brown gets hurt again)

    I expect Marshall to get creative on defense now that he has 2 players on defense that can play DE or OLB and Seymour can play just about anyplace along the D-Line.

    I don’t expect to see Scott, Howard or Wimbley on the bench for an entire game. 2 will start, but all 3 will have significant playing time

    Example: on 3rd & long we’ll have Scott as rush end and Howard & Wimbley at OLB. Seymour moves inside next to Kelly. Then we could even send Wimbley on a blitz from OLB. tons of pressure on the QB with all these guys on the field

    However, as stated yesterday, I’m not convinced that Howard, Scott or Wimbley (any of them) are stout run defenders. all the more reason to add a nose tackle!

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    The Eagles already have two RBs, McCoy and Bell.

  • DMAC

    McClain in the Middle and Cpt. Kirk backing up.

  • PassTheCheetos

    lol i highly doubt anyones going to give up a #2 for howard. morrison might get 3 even that i doubt. dont speculate that were safe giving up a second because we will get one for howard. ever heard th expression dont count your chickens before they hatch.

  • DMAC

    Coach Steve Spagnuolo joined GM Billy Devaney in shooting down rumors of the Rams’ interest in trading the No. 33 pick for Donovan McNabb.

    “There’s nothing to that,” Spagnuolo said. “We’re not involved in that. At this time of year, there are going to be all kind of things thrown out there. But no, there’s nothing to it.” Though the Eagles certainly appear ready to move on from McNabb, the Rams aren’t biting.
    Source: St. Louis Globe-Democrat

  • RaiderRockstar

    NO WAY you trade Huff!

    Mike Mitchell and a 3rd for McNabb!

    ***

    Agreed Jhill. When we drafted Mike Mitchell we weren’t convinced that Huff could play FS or Branch could play SS. We knew Hiram Eugene was trash though!

    Except for Eugene (he really got a 2nd round tender?), we know these other 2 cats can play and play well. Mitch can be used in 3 safety packages & special teams, but most safeties taken in Round 2 are guys you expect to start for you in Year #2, if not Year #1

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    jhill Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:55 am
    DMAC for McNabb is not a bad idea.

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    Who wants to donate for a billboard?!? I can get one pretty cheap near the intersection of the 18 and 385 highways in Hot Springs, SD.

  • http://atm Raider O

    -Trade Huff for McNabb (sorry RR)
    -Trade up for SUH
    -Draft J Best or OT in the 2nd.
    -Draft Spikes in the 3rd, and Draft J Ford or Austen Lane in the 4th.
    -Draft OL & FB with the other picks.

  • DMAC

    Despite an earlier report that the Raiders have contacted the Eagles about a possible Donovan McNabb trade, the Oakland Tribune cites two team employees as being “unaware” of any trade talks.

    Considering Al Davis’ usual M.O., it certainly wouldn’t come as a surprise if certain employees were left in the dark. Davis tends to make bold, aggressive moves, so an interest in McNabb would suit his style. The 49ers could take a page from his book, as a McNabb trade is exactly what they need. Coach Mike Singletary conceded as much Wednesday, saying “there’s always interest” in a QB of McNabb’s caliber.
    Source: Oakland Tribune

  • RaiderRockstar

    I wish we could trade Tommy Kelly & JaMarcus Russell to Buffalo for Marcus Stroud & Trent Edwards.

    they are switching to a 3-4 defense and Stroud already said that he is not a 3-4 NT. Moving him to 3-4 DE might be like Warren Sapp as a 3-4 DE in Oakland (highly ineffective). Kelly was a pretty good 3-4 DE in Oakland though!

    Bills started Fitzpatrick & Brohm over Edwards last year and the Raiders started Gradkowski & Frye over Russell last year. Perhaps both plays need a fresh start?

    obviously both Raiders would be asked to take huge paycuts though. Buffalo wouldn’t want to inherit those massive contracts for players who never lived up to their potential

  • MaineRaida

    hell I would trade a 2nd for McNabb in a second. For one thing it would fill some seats, and provide a bit more excitement around and within the team. There are currently no stars on this team, none. Nnamdi is great but is not exactly a ‘draw’. In addition DM is currently better than the other 3, and if he shows some interest in attempting to develop JR as well, then what the hey. Bring on TO too; we gotta party!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Check out Raiders coach Tom Cable. He addressed the Donovan McNabb-to-Oakland rumor before anyone knew it may be a rumor.

    At the NFL owners meeting Tuesday, Cable was asked if the Raiders would consider trading for a veteran quarterback — say, McNabb or anyone else — to add to the competition.

    Cable shrugged, kind of smiled and said, “You never know.”

    -David White (SF Gate)

  • RaiderRockstar

    By saying draft a left tackle, I mean you never draft a right tackle that high. You move failed LTs to RT.

    And yes, I think Mario Henderson would be better off at right tackle … for his and QB’s sake. Led NFL in sacks.

    -David White (twitter)

    ***

    I wonder if Tom Cable thinks super mario is a “failed LT” ???

  • CJ Legend 34

    RR if we take McNabb or not one thing is for sure we better get the guy some blocking up front or it will not matter. McNabb does nto have the wheels that he once had even though he could still get away from defenders quicker than Big Russ.

    Knowing Al if we get McNabb he will try to give away the house to get back in the first round and pick up Dez Bryant based on some dream he had the night before. Dez going to McNabb deep, deep, deep!!!!!!!!!

  • http://atm Raider O

    I like Trent, but I wouldn’t trade JR for him. I believe JaBustus can improve this season (with Hue as OC). If he doesn’t improve, then we should trade/cut him next season.

  • http://media-2.web.britannica.com/eb-media/63/60563-004-52A399D4.jpg Dakota

    Bo Schembechler Jackson Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 9:03 am
    jhill Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 8:55 am
    DMAC for McNabb is not a bad idea.

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    Who wants to donate for a billboard?!? I can get one pretty cheap near the intersection of the 18 and 385 highways in Hot Springs, SD.
    +++++++++++++++++++++++

    lol…I own all the land near Hot Springs…it will not be cheap for you!

  • RaiderRockstar

    Raider O: why are you obsessed with trading Mike Huff?

    are you convinced that Mike Mitchell or Hiram Eugene can play FS? do you want to draft Berry or Mays?

    I’m not. and I don’t.

    Besides, “trade Huff” scenarios are moot anyways because he’s already been told that his job is safe in Oakland for 2010.

  • http://atm Raider O

    Al,

    Please, Fire The FAT MONKEY aka Cable PLEASE!!!!

  • CJ Legend 34

    RR – What’s been up dude?

    By the way, for your list if we could make any pick in the draft I take Suh he just seems like he is a special talent. Great all around character would be a beast with Seymour. Could you imagine what a young hungry talent could learn form a player like Seymour?

    But if I had to make a pick based strictly on need we take the best LT in the draft.

  • DMAC

    Bush might be the better back as of right now, but if a RB is going to get traded, I think its going to be Bush.
    Bush and a possible 4th rounder for McNabb??????
    (thats if we have a 4tth???)

  • RaiderRockstar

    I believe JaBustus can improve this season (with Hue as OC). If he doesn’t improve, then we should trade/cut him next season.

    ***

    Raider O: unless there is a lockout next year, we’ll probably have a salary cap next year. That means cutting Russell would cost us 9-10 million. money we could have used on another player or players

  • CJ Legend 34

    I have never been a big Huff fan except when he was in college thought he was a good pick until I saw him play in the NFL. But I will say he had a very productive year last year. If anything he was one og the highlights on our defense. Now Routt is garbage in my book.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    lol…I own all the land near Hot Springs…it will not be cheap for you!

    :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

    I am in contract talks with the owner of the Simco Business Plaza at the corner of Jennings and Chicago. Is that you? Billboard is planned to go up next to that corny Hot Springs arch in front of the Pioneer Museum.

    PS, I love google.

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    MM is Healthy now, and he can Play SS, and I like to see what Branch can do at FS. He played CB @ UConn.
    As for Huff, I like him, but not more than MM and Branch.

    BTW, how do you know his job is safe for 2010?

  • RaiderRockstar

    cool CJ. I got you down for Suh

    I think Routt sucks too!

  • CJ Legend 34

    I wish we would learn form the Saints how they utilize their RBs. They play to the players strengths. We try to fit them in a system regardless of there skill set and we pay the price every time for it. WHy continue to run DMAC up the middle? Let him bounce utside a little bit get him some screens and work his way into the game. That is what they did with Bush and he is starting to run off tackle a little better now. But some guys are rythm runners and if you ask me DMac and on occassion Bush just never get a chance to get in the flow of the game.

  • http://www.blogcdn.com/www.fanhouse.com/media/2008/04/desmond-howard-425-sm.jpg Bo Schembechler Jackson

    WHy continue to run DMAC up the middle? Let him bounce utside

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    DMAC does not bounce. He falters.

  • No Mas Diamante

    If we take Berry he will be playing corner not saftey. many thinks he projects better there. has elite speed and man to man skills. CJ moves to nickle and Routt backs up namdi

  • No Mas Diamante

    RR can you put me down for Berry…

  • CJ Legend 34

    I hope Russel gets his game together this year. He did not make every throw in the opening game last year aginst SD but he was playing with confidence and passion and as sooon as that game was over he just lost it. What happened? What was said? What changes were made?

    Maybe Cable not calling the offense will help. He is a very bad, I mean VERY BAD!!!!! Play caller.

  • Nnamdi21

    RaiderRockstar Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 9:14 am
    By saying draft a left tackle, I mean you never draft a right tackle that high. You move failed LTs to RT.

    And yes, I think Mario Henderson would be better off at right tackle … for his and QB’s sake. Led NFL in sacks.

    -David White (twitter)

    ***

    I wonder if Tom Cable thinks super mario is a “failed LT” ???

    ============================

    I don’t. One season as a starter on a hodge podge injuriy riddled, aged, uncohesive, under performing O line doesn’t make you a wash immediately. If he gives up the edge 5 times by game 4 WITH Gallery back, then you have to start looking at shuffling.

    I say BS to “not drafting a RT that high”. BS. Tackles right and left are at a premium.

    I’m sure KC didn’t go “lets get Branden Albert 13th overall so we can make him a guard and then use a top 5 pick for a LT!”

    If you think you’ve got a blue chip lineman on the edge (right or left)that can anchor for a decade you pull the trigger.

  • http://atm Raider O

    RR,

    We don’t know what will happen next year. I’m not willing to give up on Jabustus after 1 bad season with a Fat Monkey as the HC. I never worry about Salary Cap with Al, he always took care of that, and it was never a problem in the past.

  • RaiderRockstar

    how do you know his job is safe for 2010?

    ***

    he told David White last month

    FS Branch
    SS Mitchell
    = still a huge gamble

    I’m hesistant to move players around. I remember Tyler Brayton played here 4 seasons and played a different position each year. DE, OLB, DE & DT. Then he played the past 2 years as DE for the Panthers and just got a new 3 year contract to remain starting DE there.

    remember having RT Kwame Harris play LT in the zbs? flop

    remember zone corner CB DeAngelo Hall play man2man corner? flop

    how about power blocking center failure Samson Satele in the zbs? flop

    how about UT penetrator-type Warren at NT next to Kelly? flop

    how about Sapp as 3-4 DE? flop

    how about moving Khalif Barnes to RT or guard? flop

    how about RB Gary Russell at FB or RB/TE/WR Marcel Reece at FB or even KR? flop

    the list goes on & on …

  • new englandraider

    just heard on espn radio that the eagles want a 1st round pick for mcnabb

  • new englandraider

    2 firsts for kolb. weird.

  • Nnamdi21

    CJ Legend 34 Says:
    March 25th, 2010 at 9:33 am
    I hope Russel gets his game together this year. He did not make every throw in the opening game last year aginst SD but he was playing with confidence and passion and as sooon as that game was over he just lost it. What happened? What was said? What changes were made?

    Maybe Cable not calling the offense will help. He is a very bad, I mean VERY BAD!!!!! Play caller.

    ======================

    Gallery got injured. The run game fell off. No FB to speak of, Lorenzo failed, ORen not up to task. SanJay Lal teaching rookie wides.
    An emphasis on the passing game partly because injures helped run game fall off and because Russell / Murphy / DHB were being pushed.

    Yes, yes he was.

    The talent Oakland does have wasn’t being utilized.

    Thats a whole other catagory as to why…