McNabb: I would have gone to Oakland


Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb refuted stories with unnamed sources which reported he would retire rather than play for the Raiders.

Talking with host Ryen Rusillo on the Scott VanPelt Show (ESPN Radio), McNabb was asked what he would have done had he been traded to the Raiders.

“I would have been at the workouts and working out with the team, throwing and trying to get the timing down with the corps of receivers and running backs they have and communicated with the offensive line to get ready for minicamp,” McNabb said.

When Rusillo asked about the threat to retire, McNabb at first laughed out loud.

“Retirement?,” he said.

McNabb went on to elaborate.

“This is the problem with some of these so-called key analysts and these smart guys out there who go by `sources.’ So many people listen to different sources `close to’ the individual, but never the individual, saying that I would have not showed up in Oakland, I would have been upset . . . hey, with my name always being in the media all the time because of trade talk, I’m just happy that it’s over. I don’t mind being on ESPN if it’s something positive for my play, not for where I’m going to land next. A lot of it was blown way out of proportion.”

Of course, having McNabb refuse to play for the Raiders is a much more interesting story than what is the more likely reality _ that Oakland simply is not getting older as a team but working at getting younger, and McNabb was never an option because of that philosophy.

Think about it.

Jeff Garcia and Lorenzo Neal never made it out of training camp last year. Greg Ellis was waived this offseason. Justin Fargas, a 30-year-old back in a 35-year-old body is gone. There was no effort made to talk with the likes of LaDainian Tomlinson and Terrell Owens, the types of Hall of Fame candidates the Raiders have looked to in years past.

The club has not come to a longterm deal with defensive end Richard Seymour, perhaps waiting to see if he’s started on the downside of his career but franchising him to hedge their bets.

If the Raiders really wanted McNabb, they would have made a serious offer and landed him. I’m not sure I buy the story that the magnanimous Eagles “did the right thing” by trading him to the Redskins even though McNabb remained in the division.

And last time I checked, although the Redskins direction is more promising with Mike Shanahan and Bruce Allen running things instead of Daniel Snyder, they were 4-12 last year. One game worse than the team that McNabb supposedly wouldn’t consider.

The reason the Eagles made the trade is because they’re comfortable with seeing McNabb twice a year. And because the Raiders are floated more often as a trade possibility than any other team because they never deny it, and occasionally are punching bags because of it.

You’d think this would close the book on the McNabb-to-Raiders story, but don’t count on it. It will be commonly accepted that McNabb refused to come to Oakland, regardless of what he or anyone else says.

It’s just one of those things the Raiders will have to endure until they change the storyline and start winning.

(Was out all morning taping a draft special for Comcast . . . thanks to the reader who told me about the interview).


Jerry McDonald - NFL Writer

  • jhill

    Lebron will eventually be a Laker….just as it should be.


    Of course he will.

    Cleveland can either lose him for nothing, or do a sign and trade.

    Not sure who can offer more than the Lakers and still leave the roster in tact enough to compete for a ring.

    Kobe and Lebron will be doing more than puppet commercials, lol.

  • Bynum and Artest in a sign and trade for LeBron James this Summer.

    You heard it here first.

  • NoMoreFargas

    Hate Emmit all you want he blocks and catches the ball much better than barry. You must not remember first Cowboy season after SB with Triplets they tried to not pay Emmit he holds out Cowboys go 0-2 and Jerry Jones quickly gives in , guy can’t speak well (UF Grad watch Murphy Interview) but what a heart and what legend.

  • Fisher

    81-1 baby!

  • M Lonetree


    I do believe that Bo Jack would have been in the discussion with Jim Brown as the greatest RB of all time. Raw power and raw speed and incredible athleticism in both men.

    did you know that Jim Brown is also in the Lacrosse HOF? – Brown was also a decathlete and said he averaged 38 pts. per game playing HS BBall.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Kobe and Lebron will be doing more than puppet commercials


    I wish Tom Cable & Hue Jackson could do more than puppet coaching …

  • jhill

    Kobe even alluded to it during his PC conference the other day.

    When asked about Pau Gasol, Odom, and Artest being locked up making his decision easier, Kobe said “I told them I’m just waiting on them to bring in one other guy”.

  • jhill

    Dakota Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 11:16 am


    81-1 baby!


    Fisher ?????


    You mean Vujacic?!?!?!

  • M Lonetree

    Gale Sayers and Barry Sanders are the two most electrifying RBs I ever saw.

  • M,

    I knew about the Lacrosse stuff, but didn’t know he was a baller too. Man amongst boys.

  • Raider O Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 10:54 am
    King James > Rapist Kobe

    The OSU > Preppie Mich



  • Jhill,

    Yeah, I can see it now. Lakers have Kobe, LBJ, Odom and Gasol on the floor and here comes Sasha down the court jacking up 3s.


  • Dakota Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 11:10 am
    Lebron will eventually be a Laker….just as it should be.



    He had better leave the mouthguard in Nohio. The way he tongue fks that thing is revolting…

  • Dakota Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 11:06 am
    I’d still draft Russell, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq or Magic ahead of Jordan though.


    Drop Shaq from that list, but add Bball Jesus and Pistol Pete.

  • jhill

    Why is it a good idea for teams like Dallas, Miami, and the PATRIOTS to draft Dez Bryant, but not the Raiders?

    RRS, could you please change my pick to Dez Bryant!?!?!

  • M Lonetree

    ya know, when you think about it, the Raiders would’ve probably had the same record last year with Maurice Clarrett at RB (prison), Charles Rogers at WR (prison) and Gino Torretta at QB as with McF, DHB and JaM.

    I think that’s kinda depressing.

  • jhill


    They need a shooter!

    You see B Shaw and PJ trying to get him ready, lol. He’s the heir apparent to D FIsh, man. Sasha is a PG, plain and simple. 6-7 PG at that.

  • jhill Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 10:45 am
    Lebron is older than Kobe ….



  • jhill

    Drop Shaq from that list, but add Bball Jesus


    Yeah, I’d take Kobe too.

  • M Lonetree Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 11:27 am
    ya know, when you think about it, the Raiders would’ve probably had the same record last year with Maurice Clarrett at RB (prison), Charles Rogers at WR (prison) and Gino Torretta at QB as with McF, DHB and JaM.


    And with Cole Ford kicking…

  • jhill,

    What the hell happened to Sasha since the 2008 finals? That dude was playing major minutes and hitting killer shots that year then suddenly…gone.

    Is it that Russian tennis player he is banging?

  • Sasha clearly needs to bust out the shoelace headband again. If you ARE a greasy euroboy, do it with gusto.

  • RaiderRockstar

    could you please change my pick to Dez Bryant!?!?!


    Jhill: you got it man

  • jhill

    Sasha is buried behind Kobe since we have SFs all of a sudden. Ariza’s emergence and signing Artest meant less minutes for Kobe at SF. Sasha got all his minutes playing with Kobe when Kobe slid to the front court.

    When Sasha gets on the court now, it’s the classic case of pressing trying to impress the coaches and get more minutes.

    Farmar and Shannon Brown at PG isn’t helping either.

    Just a logjam with Sasha getting the short end of the stick. I think he’s “fiesty” defense, length, and shot should have him starting in the backcourt with Kobe.

    Fisher is done.

  • inonewordraider

    Lakers are the best team in the NBA and the best team doesn’t need homecourt only thing standing in their way is the injury situation. Bynum puts Odom on the bench making the bench much stronger, Shannon, Farmar, and Kobe’s shots need to fall which they haven’t been consistently due to finger issues

  • jhill


    I’ll bet you that we will see a lot more of Walton and Sasha in the playoffs.

  • The Lakers are faggs.

  • RaiderRockstar


  • DKnight007

    As expected Jimmy Clausen looked solid today at his workout.

    What I found most interesting is guess who has been working with Clausen in preparation for his workout and who set up and scripted the workout today?

    Former Raiders QB coach/Offensive Coordinator and often rumoured head coaching candidate for the Raiders and current CFL Montreal head coach MARC TRESTMAN!

    Veeeeery interesting indeed!

  • GG

    Tebow also worked out with Trestman.

    Doesnt mean anything except that Trestman is a much sought-after QB coach for hopefuls.

  • the_big_one_of_83

    if we owe j russell less than 10 mil cut the cord and move on

  • the_big_one_of_83

    we paid d hall 8 mil for 8 games it hurts less next year to let him go

  • So.ILRaider

    been watching for about a week now …and plenty of laughs..if i were einstein AL i would go like this!!
    1st Dan Williams DT
    2nd Jared Veldheer OT
    3rd Thaddeus Gibson OLB
    4th Eric Olson C
    5th Jeff Owens DT
    5th Ramon Harewood OG
    7th Deji Karim RB
    7th Scott Ravensi P
    i’ve did my homewrk, they’ll be no busts with these picks!!

  • So.ILRaider