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

  • RaiderRockstar

    Guarantee you Cassell goes 55% with high INT #s again, and the Cheifs miss the playoff, Cassell will be toast.


    as a Raider fan, I sure hope you’re right

    Cassel has been sacked 89 times over the past 2 years.

    Russell? 64

    now compare thier stats during that time span. I’d trade Russell and a 3rd rounder staight up for Matt Cassel (but not just the 3rd rounder)

  • Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka worked out for the Raiders. That is at least the third QB the Raiders have worked out.

    Maybe there might be something to this Clausen to Oakland stuff?

  • M Lonetree


    Jim Brown also said that he put on the uni ’cause he thought about teaching RBs like Franco Harris a lesson. Said he was tired of seeing 235 lb RBs running untouched out of bounds and he wanted to show those RBs the way a real man would run the ball.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Northwestern quarterback Mike Kafka worked out for the Raiders.


    LMN will be pleased!

  • SinceFrankYouellField Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 10:29 am
    Makes you wonder how someone like JR might have applied himself had he been given a rookie base with incentives….instead of, “Here’s a gazillion bucks, kid. Hey, where’d he go????!!!!”

    Absolutely. We might have gotten one good year out of the kid….then he would have gotten that big contract in year 4 or 5 and then started to slack off lol.

  • M Lonetree

    Cool, Kafka, another circle of hell.

  • M,

    Man I wish I could have seen that guy play live. Same with Wilt Chamberlain and Kareem in his prime.

    I think there were once rumors of Wilt coming back to play for the Lakers in the early 1990s too, lol.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Franz Joseph + Mike Kafka = Franz Kafka ???

    M: how’s my math on that?

  • RaiderRockstar

    pretty cool seeing the Lakers lose to the Thuggets last night, even if Kobe wasn’t playing!

  • jhill

    The Lakers are going to ROLL through the playoffs.

  • jhill

    Might not lose a game, and will definitely sweep the Celtics in the finals.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Fakers have lost 4 of thier last 5 games!

    I’d be surprised if they lost to the T’Wolves, Kings or Clippers (coming up) though …

  • RaiderRockstar



    31 year old Kobe will lose to 25 year old LeBron, if the Fakers even make it that far …

  • jhill

    Boredom …

    Just waiting on the playoffs.

  • jhill

    Lebron is older than Kobe ….

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 10:39 am
    pretty cool seeing the Lakers lose to the Thuggets last night, even if Kobe wasn’t playing!

    Great psychological victory for the Lakers last night….poor Nuggs are sitting there going the Lakers don’t have Kobe or Bynum and we still only beat them by 2 at home?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Lebron is older than Kobe ….


    yeah, and I suppose JaMarcus is older than Ryan Leaf …

  • RaiderRockstar

    the Lakers had the game and Pau Gasol pulled a McFadden and fumbled the ball away

  • I think the Browns will draft Clausen, and what Mike H said was just draft BS. Jake us not the answer to their problems. They also could draft Dez B or Hayden.

  • M Lonetree


    perfect arithmetic.


    a story was told last night of a game when Jim Brown was pounding TDs on the Eagles. Chuck Bednarik of Philly was jabbering on the whole game at Brown – “You stink. You stink. You stink.” So on one goal line play Jim Brown destroys Bednarik on his way into the end zone a la Bo and Bosworth and while Chuck is still laying on the ground as road kill Jim asks him “How do I smell now?

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mo Williams has 35 points on the night and with the game on the line Mike Brown puts the game winner in the hands of Anderson Varejao ???

    sounds like something Tom Cable would do!

  • Cavs probably will not make it to the finals anyhow….I am more concerned with the Magic having the same record as the Lakers, they are the most likely finals matchup for the Lakers and they are both 55-23 right now.

  • inonewordraider

    of all the NBAers to go to the league straight from High School only Kobe and Al Harringtons games/yr hasn’t drastically dropped off(see Garnett, TMAC, Chandler etc) and Al rode the pine for years. Kobe doesn’t have much time left

  • lol, that is a great story M.

  • King James > Rapist Kobe

    The OSU > Preppie Mich

  • edward teach

    Post 383… totally agree, although it’s always been Al’s style and it will never change.

    The thing I want to see is a new stadium. Jerry Jones went all Vanna White with his new digs; couldn’t get enough press and played the tour guide ad nauseum.

    Al would hire security to make sure nobody got in until the season started.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Michael Jordan won his last championship at 35 years old, but Kobe Bryant isn’t in the same league imo

    4 years left (maybe)

  • M,

    Since you have been around since the establishment of football, I have to ask your opinion on this subject; if Bo Jackson had played football full time and had avoided his injury, do you think there would be at least a debate as to Bo being the best RB of all time?

  • Al Davis > Dan Snyder

  • inonewordraider

    1. Bradford
    2. Suh
    3. Mccoy
    4. Okung
    5. Berry
    6. T Williams
    7. Haden
    8. D Williams

  • NoMoreFargas

    Who lead the USA OLYMPIC team back to glory not Prince James but the Legend known as KOBE so just think of that all you Kobe haters.
    GO RAIDERS!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!

    Yeah ol Mike Jordan sure was nothing but class at his HOF speech ha .

  • RaiderRockstar

    Barry Sanders played 10 seasons and retired with a little something left in the tank.

    If Bo Jackson could have played another 7 seasons I think we might have won those 2 more Super Bowl trophies Al Davis wants so badly …

  • 1- Bradford
    2- Okung
    3- Trade up for Suh
    4- T Williams
    5- Berry
    6- Bulaga
    7- Clausen
    8- McCoy

    We get Suh, and the Bucs get McCoy.

    Later Nation.

  • The Judge

    Dallas Mavericks defeat the LA Lakers in 6

  • Jordan has a slight edge on Kobe….but Kobe being the second best shooting guard of all time isn’t so bad….with Jerry West coming in third.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Mike is the greatest basketball player of all time, not a speechwriter for Barack Obama

  • nader64

    I’ve had about enough drafting skill players in the first round. I want to build the lines. I would do some cartwheels if they found a way to get Suh. Since that’s not likely, let’s go get a good OT.

  • NoMoreFargas

    Maybe you should ask about Oscar Robertson or Wilt Chamberlin before you call someone the greatest of all time.

  • Thec07

    Bo would have had to be dedicated to Football 100%.
    however He was clearly head and shoulders above everyone…

    “IF” his career wasnt cut short, he would have put up some very good numbers, thus thruating him into the discussion, as he had all the tools.

    Best RB of all time; OJ Simpson. 2003 yrds in 14 games

  • I’d still draft Russell, Wilt, Kareem, Shaq or Magic ahead of Jordan though.

  • NoMoreFargas

    Jim Brown > every other Rb ever

  • Thec07

    OJ<——- Best every IMHO….

  • NoMoreFargas

    Bo Jackson>Most Athletic Human Being although Lebron is a physical specimen

  • RaiderRockstar Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 11:04 am
    Mike is the greatest basketball player of all time….

    lol, I think Wilt holds like 100 NBA records or something like that….

    Jordan is the greatest SG of all time.

  • maddenraiderfan

    Uh, Barry Sanders was better than any of those guys. Look at the terrible team he played for. And he still played amazingly.

  • RaiderRockstar

    Jordan is the greatest SG of all time.


    fair enough

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


  • Barry Sanders was friggin awesome. I always hated it when they even mentioned Emmitt Smith in the same sentence as Barry Sanders.

    If Barry Sanders had run behind Emmitt’s line, with Aikman and co….sheesh, wouldn’t even be close. Barry would have every record.

  • NoMoreFargas

    Lebron a Laker better tell that Russia guy who owns the Nets

  • NoMoreFargas Says:
    April 9th, 2010 at 11:12 am
    Lebron a Laker better tell that Russia guy who owns the Nets

    Russian guy or not, the Nets are still the Nets.