The unsubstantiated rumors surrounding the Raiders trading for Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb just won’t die down. In fact, they are spinning out of control.
ProFootballTalk.com just reported that the Raiders would send cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha to the Eagles in exchange for McNabb and cornerback Asante Samuel. The Internet site that deals with NFL news on all 32 teams cited an unidentified person who has provided tips that pan out on a regular basis.
Asomugha and McNabb are entering the final year of their contracts, though the Raiders have an option on Asomugha for 2011. Eagles coach Andy Reid said Wednesday that he is entertaining offers for McNabb, as well as his other quarterbacks, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. He later clarified his remarks by saying that he isn’t in the “market” for trading any of his quarterbacks but that he is “listening” to any and all offers.
Raiders coach Tom Cable has said more than once this offseason that the starting quarterback job will be “wide open” among JaMarcus Russell, Charlie Frye and Bruce Gradkowski. All three started games last season.
McNabb, no doubt, would jump to the head of the class if he became a Raider. He also could serve as a mentor to Russell, something he has lacked during his three-year NFL career.
The Raiders aren’t allowed to comment on the record about players under contract to another team. Two team employees told the Times on Wednesday that they were unaware of the Raiders contacting the Eagles about McNabb.
The Associated Press reported that the Eagles won’t accept anything less than the No. 42 pick in this year’s NFL draft, which begins April 22 and runs through the 24th. The Raiders hold picks No. 8 and No. 39.