ESPN.com's John Clayton's early take is that the McNabb trade should make the Redskins and Cowboys the early favorites to win the NFC East and put the Eagles, who have moved 10 players this offseason, into just a wild-card possibility at best.
McNabb was an institution in Philadelphia but speculation about his future had heated up in recent weeks. The Eagles will now have Kevin Kolb as the likely starter, with Michael Vick as backup. If the deal goes through, McNabb leaves with a host of records.
Kolb has big shoes to fill. McNabb is the Eagles' all-time leader in pass attempts, completions, yards and touchdown passes. And, he is just one of four players in NFL history with at least 30,000 passing yards, 200 touchdown passes, 3,000 rushing yards and 20 rushing touchdowns.
Scout Inc.'s Matt Williamson has the following take on the future of the Eagles with Kolb:
When analyzing a backup quarterback such as Kolb, who doesn't have a lot of meaningful film yet at this level, we must understand that the Eagles know way more about him than any of us. They see him every day at practice and in the quarterback meeting room. They know how popular he is with his teammates, how intelligent he is and whether he is a good person. Much like Charlie Whitehurst or Matt Schaub when he went to the Texans, sometimes the true value of such a player is not entirely evident on film. But, as always, the film also never lies.
The word that immediately comes to mind when evaluating Kolb as a passer is crisp. The ball comes out of his hand very cleanly. He has very good accuracy, hits his receivers in stride and gets the ball out on time. Those attributes are important for any quarterback but are crucial in Andy Reid's West Coast scheme.
The Eagles are very young on offense, and it might be time for a young quarterback to lead their assault. But let's not forget what Kolb showed in 2009. In two starts, he was rather underwhelming. He racked up huge yardage in garbage time against the Saints and abused a Chiefs defense that can't get after quarterbacks and isn't talented on any level.
But it isn't as if Donovan McNabb didn't have his share of warts as well, most notably his failures in the clutch. Pulling the trigger on this move is a good deal for the Eagles. The time is now for Kolb.
There will be plenty of debate on this one and we'll have lots more to come on this. Stay tuned.