Wednesday, March 24, 2010
Are Bills making a play for McNabb?
By Tim Graham
ORLANDO, Fla. -- Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid reiterated Wednesday that Donovan McNabb is his starting quarterback.
Reid, however, declined to engage in a semantics joust with reporters who wanted to know if that's a statement of fact for the here and now for the 2010 season.
The Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders have contacted the Eagles about trading for McNabb, according to Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Ashley Fox and Yahoo! Sports writer Charles Robinson. Fox reported the Eagles have lowered their asking price to a second-round draft choice.
Reid admitted he was entertaining calls from teams he didn't identify, the coach measured his words while speaking at the NFL owners meetings.
The Eagles are jammed at quarterback with McNabb, apprentice Kevin Kolb and veteran Michael Vick.
"I can say it again," Reid said, speaking slowly for emphasis. "Donovan is our No. 1 quarterback, and Kevin is our No. 2 quarterback, and Michael is our No. 3 quarterback. That's how I feel."
Would Reid say that McNabb will not be traded?
"I'll tell you Donovan's our starter, our starting quarterback," Reid said. "I can't make it any clearer. We can get into semantics, but Donovan is our starting quarterback."
A reporter followed up that statement by asking what Reid meant precisely. For today? For the season? For how long?
"I guess we're all living for the day here, but, to answer your question, yeah, today he is our quarterback," Reid said.
Bills general manager Buddy Nix and head coach Chan Gailey repeatedly have stated they'd be willing to add another quarterback. They have an open competition as it stands now, with no obvious favorite among Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm.
Gailey said Tuesday he would like to have his quarterback situation settled by the draft.