ORLANDO, Fla. -- About halfway through the NFC coaches breakfast Wednesday, I noticed a crowd starting to gather at Eagles coach Andy Reid's table. Reid's not known as a particularly interesting quote, so it seemed a bit odd. I abandoned my post at the Mike Shanahan gathering and headed over for a visit.
Turns out Reid was making it known for the first time in a public setting that he would entertain offers for quarterback Donovan McNabb -- and his two backups. And it's not like Reid was caught off guard or anything. The Eagles came to Orlando to let the NFL community know their quarterbacks were not off limits. In my mind, second-stringer Kevin Kolb is the closest thing to an untouchable.
"I’ve got a great situation at that position right now," said Reid. "That’s a good position to have three guys who all can start and win at a championship-caliber level. It doesn’t get any better than that. Kolb’s one play away from playing and Michael’s two plays away. So they’d better be ready to roll. They’ll all go out and play and do what they need to do. They’re all getting paid good money."
Citing an anonymous source Wednesday, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported that the Eagles have lowered their asking price for McNabb to a second-round pick. Reid didn't say anything about that during Wednesday's breakfast, but it's obvious the Eagles have a strong interest in beginning the Kolb era in 2010. The organization knows it would be awkward to have three quarterbacks in the final year of their contracts. Reid keeps bringing up the fact that McNabb received a "bump" in pay after the '08 season, but I don't think that makes the quarterback feel any better about his future.
So where could McNabb end up?
I think the Rams, Bills, 49ers, Seahawks, Cardinals and Vikings could all be in play. Everyone thinks the Rams will take Sam Bradford with the No. 1 overall pick, but McNabb would be a cheaper option. And he's much more of a proven commodity. OK, much more to come on this and other topics.