The Washington Redskins have acquired quarterback Donovan McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles for their 2010 2nd round pick (37th overall) and either a 3rd or 4th rounder in 2011.
When you compare that to what the Bears gave up to get Jay Cutler a year ago – Kyle Orton, their 2009 and 2010 1st round picks and a swap of their 2009 3rd for Denver’s 5th – it seems like the ‘Skins got a bargain deal. Think the Eagles were desperate to move him? It’s even more strange that they traded within their own division, so they’ll get to see him twice a year.
McNabb is 33 and his most productive years are likely behind him, but new Washington head coach Mike Shanahan and owner Daniel Snyder must be betting that they can put a Super Bowl run together with an aging backfield.
Why else would they get McNabb and every over-the-hill running back that’s on the open market? Between Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker, they’ve got more mileage than Jenna Jameson’s mattress (and with slightly less plastic surgery. Have you seen her lately? Even Ben Roethlisberger wouldn’t have anything to do with here. Yikes!)
McNabb’s deal expires at the end of 2010, so it will be interesting to see if Washington is eager to pony up a new contract to the aging star. You have to believe that they’ll put some kind of a package together; it’s doubtful they traded two draft picks for a one-year rental.
Did the Bears overpay for Cutler a year ago or is the McNabb deal just the sign of a team desperate to move an aging star?
In the meantime, I wonder what Rex Grossman‘s dad thinks about the deal???