For just the cost of the 37th pick of the 2010 NFL Draft, as well as only a third or fourth round pick in 2011, the Washington Redskins stole quarterback Donovan McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles.
This is a move eerily similar to when the Redskins stole Hall of Famer Sonny Jurgensen from the Eagles in 1964 for Norm Snead. The Eagles got rid of Snead by 1970, after one Pro Bowl season, while Jurgensen stayed with the Redskins until 1974, going to four Pro Bowls, a Super Bowl, and an induction into Canton.
The loser of this trade is the Eagles, who got much less than they should have for a possible future Pro Football Hall of Fame enshrine in his prime. McNabb is the least intercepted quarterback per pass attempt in NFL history who has the second-best touchdown-to-interception ratio of all time and has the third-highest winning percentage among active quarterbacks.
Though it is apparent Philadelphia is going with Kevin Kolb as their 2010 starting quarterback, he has huge shoes to fill behind perhaps the best quarterback on Eagles history.
Another loser in the trade is Jason Campbell, the Redskins 2009 starter at quarterback. Campbell was coming off the best season of his career, though he was virtually running for his life every time he attempted to pass behind perhaps the worst offensive line in the NFL in 2009. Campbell is now very possibly trade bait for the 2010 NFL Draft.
Now it is apparent the Redskins are zeroed in on Oklahoma State Left Offensive Tackle Russell Okung as their first round pick in 2010. Getting McNabb protection is a must, even after giving up practically nothing for the five time Pro Bowler services.
What where the Eagles thinking? Getting virtually nothing to a division rival. McNabb should view this as an obvious slap in the face. It is clear Philadelphia does not think this trade will come back to haunt them. He should talk to Jurgensaen upon immediate arrival in Washington D.C. to learn how to make the Eagles regret this move.
Give Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen major kudos for pulling this move. He certainly conned the Eagles. His dad, Redskins Hall of Famer George Allen, would certainly be proud. His son just pulled a trade his dad never did.
After weeks of signing has-beens and scrubs, Allen has made his offseason grade an A+ after this one move. Not a bad way to kick off his first season as the Redskins GM.
Now the Redskins are full of veterans. From McNabb to Willie Parker, Larry Johnson, and Artis Hicks, Redskins first year head coach Mike Shanahan has surrounded himself with guys who have been there and done that.
This trade might end up being the steal of the decade, much like Jurgensen was for Washington over 36 years ago. If McNabb has half of Jurgensen’s success, it probably will be.