NFL Nation: McNabb Traded

McNabb opens 'Book of Donovan'

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Mitchell Layton/Getty ImageDonovan McNabb was officially introduced as a member of the Redskins in a Tuesday press conference.
Donovan McNabb made it pretty clear in his introductory news conference Tuesday he has an enormous chip on his shoulder.

That's a great sign for Redskins fans.

Washington landed an elite-level quarterback who spent the past 11 seasons making the Eagles one of the most successful organizations in the league. Watching him hold his new No. 5 burgundy and gold jersey with coach Mike Shanahan was the first of many surreal moments this blockbuster trade will produce.

McNabb talked about how John Elway was 34 when Shanahan became his head coach in Denver. The two went on to win two Super Bowls together. The 33-year-old McNabb smiled as he talked about the similarities. Fortunately, reporters were gracious enough not to point out that Elway had Terrell Davis at running back and a stable offensive line. But let's not deal with those harsh realities in this entry.

McNabb tried to keep the focus on Washington, but he couldn't help poking the Eagles with a sharp stick a couple times. Twice he said that he would treat the Eagles just like the Cowboys or Giants, but we all know better.

"They're rebuilding," McNabb said of the Eagles, knowing that word drives them nuts. "They're going young. I never knew 33 years was old, but I guess I'm too old."

McNabb said he's in good company when it comes to former Eagles stars who've finished their careers elsewhere. And it was no accident he brought up the "ultimate Eagle," safety Brian Dawkins, as an example. Without Dawkins, who signed with the Broncos in free agency, the Eagles were exposed at safety in '09.

But in a lot of ways, McNabb seemed grateful Tuesday all the offseason speculation had ended, saying, "I'm just so happy that it's over."

Dressed in a three-piece suit and standing next to Shanahan, McNabb seemed completely comfortable talking about himself as a Redskin. He spent Tuesday morning working out with his new teammates and he seems particularly excited about providing leadership to a new group of players. I think McNabb offended some of his young teammates when he called them out late in the '09 season. And that's probably why you didn't hear an outcry of support from the Eagles locker room once they began shopping McNabb.

Make no mistake. McNabb desperately wanted to finish his career in Philly, and he confirmed that during Tuesday's news conference. But now he's been given the rare opportunity to prove the Eagles made a poor decision by playing against them twice a year. McNabb said he talked to his replacement in Philly, Kevin Kolb, last night by phone. He obviously wants to beat the Eagles, but he has no ill will toward Kolb.

"I'm excited for him," McNabb said. "Andy's a great coach and great guy. He's shown the trust and confidence in [Kolb]."

Asked to talk about Mike Shanahan's offense, McNabb delivered the zinger of the day. Apparently he believes the Redskins will make more of a commitment to the run game than the Eagles.

"A lot of you people that came up from Philly don't know much about that run game," said McNabb, drawing laughs from the audience.

Shanahan yielded to McNabb for the most part, but he did point out that Elway was in his 13th season when he took over the Broncos and that Steve Young was in his 11th year when he worked with him in San Francisco. He said the starting quarterback "sets the tempo for the rest of the team" and he obviously believes that McNabb's experience is a huge plus.

Given the opportunity to address Eagles fans directly during the news conference, McNabb said, "Thank you for giving me the opportunity to come and display my talents...The most important thing is that every time the Eagles stepped on the field, we felt like we could win that game."

McNabb basically sounded like the same guy we've followed for the past 11 years. He was engaging at times and he also sprinkled in some defiant moments. If he walked away from the game today, he'd leave an impressive legacy. But he acknowledged there's something very important missing, and he's hoping a change of scenery will help him accomplish that goal.

"I'm starting a new chapter in the book of Donovan," he said with a smile.

The Big Question: Can McNabb add 7 wins?

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Does the arrival of Donovan McNabb automatically make the Redskins a playoff contender?

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Kevin C. Cox/Getty ImagesDonovan McNabb is an upgrade at quarterback, but the Redskins still have plenty of holes to fill.
In some precincts, such as our Web site, there have been suggestions that Donovan McNabb's presence alone puts the Redskins in the conversation for an NFC East title. I've attempted to temper some of that enthusiasm for the trade, but some folks are convinced the Redskins leapfrogged the Eagles and Giants with Sunday's blockbuster move.

For the record, I do think that McNabb makes the Redskins a more formidable team. His leadership qualities and the fact that he's been in a ton of playoff games gives him instant credibility in Washington. And he's about to feel the warmest embrace since he was playing at Syracuse. All the angst that those of us outside of Philly really don't have a handle on will vanish in the loving arms of playoff-starved Redskins fans.

That said, it's hard for me to imagine McNabb making a seven-win difference. And it would take seven more wins to put the Redskins, who were 4-12 last season, in the conversation for a division title. When Brett Favre joined a 10-win Vikings team, they had the best running back in the league and a talented, if raw, group of wide receivers. He also inherited an offensive line with a lot more stability than what McNabb will encounter in Washington.

The Redskins have some talent at wide receiver with Santana Moss, Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas, so it's not a stretch to think McNabb could elevate that group. He won a lot of games with the likes of Freddie Mitchell and Greg Lewis at wideout. Over the past couple of seasons, McNabb has benefited from the rise of tight end Brent Celek. And the Redskins are actually deeper at that position with Chris Cooley and Fred Davis.

The other positive for McNabb is that he'll be playing for a head coach, Mike Shanahan, who truly commits to the running game. Andy Reid's offense was all about the passing game, which put constant pressure on McNabb. If the combination of fading stars Clinton Portis, Larry Johnson and Willie Parker somehow works for the Skins, McNabb could be even more effective in the passing game.

But as I keep saying, the biggest question is whether the Redskins can overhaul one of the worst offensive lines of the modern era. Quarterback Jason Campbell would look across the huddle and see complete strangers last season. Does anyone know what Edwin Williams looks like? McNabb can still move in the pocket, but he's no longer the escape artist that we remember from four or five seasons ago. If he had lined up behind last season's unit, I'm pretty sure the Redskins still would've had a losing season.

The Redskins should be pretty solid on defense, although they need to create a lot more turnovers. But the season will hinge on whether McNabb can elevate a lot of young players who haven't sniffed the playoffs. To answer my own question, I still don't see them as a contender to win the division.

Schefter: Skins talk extension with McNabb

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The Washington Redskins have begun talking to quarterback Donovan McNabb about a contract extension, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. With only one year left on his Eagles contract that was signed in 2002, it was pretty much understood that McNabb would receive an extension from the Redskins.

I don't think the contract talks will drag into the 2010 season. In fact, it wouldn't surprise me if the parameters of the deal are already in place. Without a new collective bargaining agreement, it will be tricky to figure out how to distribute the money. But this deal would not have been made with a one-year rental in mind.

Expect to hear about McNabb's new contract before the draft this month. And at this point, I'd be very surprised to see Mike Shanahan draft a quarterback No. 4 overall. Obviously, you can't get one with the No. 37 pick now. We'll keep you posted on any developments on the McNabb front.

And in case you missed it, here's the interview I did with Eagles quarterback Kevin Kolb earlier this afternoon.

Kolb checks in with the Beast

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Eagles starting quarterback Kevin Kolb had a series of interviews set up in Philadelphia on Monday afternoon, but he was gracious enough to place a phone call to the NFC East blog. He was home alone Sunday evening when coach Andy Reid called to tell him he'd been promoted to the starting role. Kolb said he took a moment to absorb the news before calling his wife and family members.

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Howard Smith/US PresswireKevin Kolb says he's ready to take the reins in Philadelphia.
"Andy called and said, 'You're the starting quarterback of the Philadelphia Eagles,'" said Kolb of the conversation.

During his news conference, Kolb said he'd been preparing for this day since he was 6. His father was a high school football coach in Stephenville, Texas, so Kolb particularly enjoyed telling him the news Sunday night.

"He knew I wanted to do this for a long time," said Kolb of his father. "He still thinks of me as a small-town, west Texas kid. I just reminded him that this was what I was born to do."

There were no signs of nerves as Kolb addressed reporters during a news conference Monday. He said he's already worked to be mentally prepared for the type of week-to-week scrutiny that comes with playing quarterback in Philly. But don't expect him to act like anyone other than Kevin Kolb.

"I don't just block out the bad things that are out there about me," said Kolb. "I also block out the good things. That's the way I've always conducted things."

Kolb said that he and McNabb have missed each other via phone since last night, but he's gone out of his way to express his appreciation for how the veteran quarterback treated him. McNabb wasn't happy when the Eagles drafted Kolb in 2007, but he apparently never took that out on the young quarterback.

"He was very accepting from the start," Kolb told me Monday. "The first time I ever walked in the facility, he walks up, shakes my hand and says, 'I'm glad to have you man.' From that point on, it was a great rapport. It would get really awkward in that quarterback room if we didn't get along. The best thing I learned from him is how to handle the media and the scrutiny that comes with playing here. Even with all the criticism, he always had a smile on his face. He never let his teammates notice if he was bothered by something. And he was always in a good mood. Hopefully I can keep that going."

Kolb said he truly realized he could play in this league during the Saints game last season.

"I came back last offseason and I just felt so much farther down the road," said Kolb. "But when the bullets started flying in that Saints game, that's when I said, 'Man, I got this.' That was my ah-ha moment for sure. I had the belief that I could handle this."

Kolb bristles every time the word "rebuilding" is mentioned in association with the 2010 Eagles. He thinks the fact that young players such as LeSean McCoy, Jeremy Maclin, DeSean Jackson and Brent Celek have all gained valuable experience will help him get up to speed. That's why he didn't hesitate mentioning the words "Super Bowl" at least three times during today's news conference.

"Those guys have been in the battle," he said of his young teammates. "They know what this league asks of you. We're not lowering our expectations one bit. I can guarantee you I'm not."

OK, I'm supposed to visit with Kolb's college coach, Art Briles, this evening. I'll have that on the blog Tuesday. It's been a remarkable 24 hours in the NFC East. I'm hoping to sit down with Kolb in person soon. I'll let you guys fire some questions for him if you're interested.

Kolb: 'I didn't even blink'

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I just finished watching Kevin Kolb's first news conference as the starting quarterback for the Eagles. I didn't detect an ounce of nerves as he talked about his future with the club.

"I didn't even blink when [head coach] Andy [Reid] told me. I really didn't," said Kolb. "I'm excited about it. I'm sure it will have a little drama, but it will be a fun ride. I truly have that outlook on it. I think this team will surprise some people."

Kolb came across as a guy who's spent years preparing for this day. He was appropriately respectful of what Donovan McNabb accomplished with the Eagles, but he brushed any talk of rebuilding. And he mentioned the words "Super Bowl" a few times.

"That’s been our goal since I've been here, since Andy’s been here," said Kolb. "That's not going to change because we're going younger. ... We will have the same focus day in and day out like when we were trying to make those runs with all the veterans."

Kolb said he never grew impatient about waiting his turn because of his trust in the organization. In his only two starts for the organization (both in '09), Kolb performed pretty well, which gave the Eagles even more confidence in him.

"I trusted the organization, I trusted Andy to get me here one day," said Kolb. "The times last year when I started that I felt I was ready, but the team wasn't ready, maybe the city wasn’t ready. I knew Andy would put me in the situation to be the starter."

Kolb vowed to reach out to fellow Texan Drew Brees for advice on how to survive the peaks and valleys of being a starter in the league. That certainly would be a wise move heading into the 2010 season.

The Eagles didn't do Kolb any favors by trading McNabb to the Redskins. It will make it even easier for fans to make comparisons. But there wasn't anything in Kolb's demeanor Monday that suggested he was all that concerned about trying to fill McNabb's shoes.

He only knows how to be Kevin Kolb. And that's the guy Philadelphia has chosen to take over the reins.
It seems Donovan McNabb was serious about not becoming an Oakland Raider.

Yahoo! Sports is reporting that McNabb would have retired if he had been traded to Oakland. Instead, McNabb will continue his playing career now that he has been sent from Philadelphia to Washington.

I know McNabb was reluctant to go to Oakland. I recently talked to someone in his camp who expressed that sentiment. However, I doubt McNabb would have retired instead of playing for Oakland.

Really, that type of talk is cheap. And it is also a tad unfair to the Raiders. Sure, times have been tough in Oakland and it is not the first place players want to go to these days, but to retire?

Come on. Like Richard Seymour did last year, McNabb likely would have taken some time to digest the move and then committed himself to play for the Raiders. Retiring at the age of 33 instead of playing for Oakland would have defined an incomplete legacy for McNabb.

Perhaps it was just a threat, but had he been traded to Oakland, McNabb ultimately would have embraced the opportunity.

Does Campbell have any trade value?

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As we continue to unpeel the stunning Donovan McNabb trade, it's time to ask whether Washington Redskins incumbent starter Jason Campbell has any trade value. He just turned 28 and he's in good health -- especially for a guy who played behind the Redskins' regrettable offensive line in '09.

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James Lang/US PresswireWashington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell threw for a career-best 3,618 yards in 2009.
ESPN 980 in Washington D.C. is reporting that Buffalo, Carolina, Oakland and Jacksonville have all showed interest in Campbell following Sunday's trade. And my colleague Matt Williamson of Scouts Inc. thinks the Bills or Raiders would be wise to send a second-round pick in this month's draft to the Redskins for Campbell. I certainly think Campbell's a viable option for one of those teams, but not even Al Davis would trade away a second-rounder for the Skins quarterback.

Let's remember that the Redskins have spent the past couple of offseasons desperately searching for Campbell's replacement. That's not exactly how you drive up a player's trade value. I think the Redskins would eventually settle for a fourth- or fifth-round pick for Campbell. But I hope that doesn't happen.

Campbell's probably hoping for his outright release, so he can have a say in his next destination. It would be almost cruel to ask him to stick around with McNabb and Rex Grossman in 2010. And I don't think Mike Shanahan wants that scenario.

Shanahan and Campbell will meet this afternoon, according to The Washington Post. If I determine what's said in that meeting, you'll be the first to know.
This may be JaMarcus Russell’s last chance to regain his job.

Now that Donovan McNabb has been traded to the Washington Redskins, the Oakland Raiders still has a need for a quarterback.

There are no sure-thing quarterbacks available on the market (perhaps former Washington starter Jason Campbell is the best quarterback who will be available) and the Raiders currently have Russell and Gradkowski, going to camp to compete for the starting job.

Gradkowski replaced Russell, the No. 1 overall pick in 2007, in November. Gradkowski was much better than Russell and he gave Oakland new life. If another quarterback isn’t brought into Oakland, he still has the edge over Russell.

It is clear Russell didn’t do enough in the early part of the offseason to convince Oakland that he is ready to be a solid starter. If he did, there’s no way the Raiders would have pursued McNabb. Russell should be embarrassed Oakland keeps looking to replace him. He has to take it personally and use it as a source of motivation.

Russell likely will never be the player Oakland drafted him to be. His chances are running out, but Sunday night, he got a reprieve. Now can he do anything about it?

Reaction to Donovan McNabb trade

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  • Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid discusses why he decided to trade Donovan McNabb within the NFC East, the difficulty of making the deal and his expectations for Kevin Kolb.
  • Sal Paolantonio shares his thoughts on the McNabb deal. Paolantonio says that McNabb wanted to go to Washington and his decision on a long-term deal will depend on if there is football in 2011.
  • John Clayton explains what the McNabb trade means for the Redskins, Eagles, Kevin Kolb, Jimmy Clausen, Brandon Marshall and more.
  • Brian Seltzer dishes on the factors that influenced the McNabb trade and the impact the move will have on the Eagles' locker room.
  • Adam Schefter explains how the McNabb deal came to be. The Eagles and Redskins had been talking since the beginning of the year about making something happen but neither thought it would take place.
  • Paolantonio says the Eagles trade of McNabb has been two years in the making. The Eagles have shed payroll this offseason and are now also one of the youngest teams in the league.
  • Redskins running back Clinton Portis was "shocked" by the acquisition of his new teammate.

Monday Beastlines: Special McNabb edition

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Let's take a look at what folks around the country are saying about Sunday's blockbuster trade between the Redskins and Eagles:

The history of the No. 37 pick

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In Sunday night's blockbuster trade with the Redskins, the Eagles accomplished their goal of landing a top-42 draft pick for 33-year-old quarterback Donovan McNabb. And Eagles fans might be interested to know that teams have done pretty well with that pick over the years.

According to our friends and ESPN Stats & Information (Jason McCallum), it's been 25 years since Philadelphia selected Randall Cunningham with the 37th pick overall. And former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski just happened to be a No. 37 pick in 1973 -- for the Rams.

Other notable picks at No. 37 overall:

  • Darren Woodson, Cowboys (1992)
  • Leonard Marshall, Giants (1983)
  • Cris Collinsworth, Bengals (1981)
  • Jon Jansen, Redskins (1999)
Philadelphia’s trade of Donovan McNabb to Washington on Sunday night impacted the AFC West more than just marking the end of Oakland’s pursuit of the quarterback.

It could also impact Denver receiver Brandon Marshall and the Kansas City Chiefs’ first-round pick.

Some thought Washington would trade for Marshall by offering the No. 37 overall pick in the draft as part of a package. The Redskins gave up that pick in the McNabb deal. Washington still has the No. 4 overall pick, but there is virtually no chance the Redskins would give up that pick for Marshall. The only team to show any interest in the restricted free agent is Seattle.

With its need for a quarterback satisfied, Washington is expected to use its top pick on a left tackle. The best tackle available is Russell Okung of Oklahoma State, and he's now considered Washington's favorite target.

Kansas City has a big need at left tackle and safety. Analysts speculated that the Chiefs will choose between Okung and Tennessee safety Eric Berry. Both players visited the Chiefs last week. But if Okung is gone at No. 4, it would mean Berry might now be a Chief as a result of Sunday night's trade.

Bills' pursuit of McNabb was inspired

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The Buffalo Bills deserve credit for thinking big.

They failed in their quest to acquire quarterback Donovan McNabb, but Bills fans should be thrilled their front office at least tried something that bold.

The Philadelphia Eagles traded McNabb to the Washington Redskins on Easter night for a second-round pick in this year's draft plus a third- or fourth-round pick in the 2011 draft.

We don't know exactly what the Bills were offering. The Redskins' second-round pick was the 37th overall, four slots better than the Bills' second-rounder. But the Bills might have sweetened the deal with additional picks or players.

But the Bills couldn't swing the deal because McNabb was unwilling to sign an extension. He's entering the final year of his contract, and trading away assets for a veteran who'd be around for one unhappy season would have been ludicrous.

Multiple reports state McNabb simply didn't want to play for the Bills or the Oakland Raiders.

ESPN's Sal Paolantonio reports the Bills and Raiders had the two best offers on the table just last week. Yahoo! Sports writer Jason Cole reports the Bills were willing to offer McNabb an extension, but he wasn't interested.

While McNabb's rejection certainly was influenced by the Bills' dysfunction during a long decade without a playoff appearance, it shouldn't be a reflection of their current front office.

Rookie general manager Buddy Nix and new head coach Chan Gailey identified a need and went after one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in the league, a five-time Pro Bowler with 216 career touchdown passes and 100 interceptions.

Their pursuit of McNabb was inspired and far more significant to the franchise's potential well-being than the splash they made with one-and-done diva receiver Terrell Owens last year.

Nix and Gailey repeatedly declined to publicly reveal their depth chart, insisting Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm are interchangeable at this point. But Nix and Gailey also have mentioned multiple times they're on the lookout for a fourth quarterback.

At the recent NFL owners meetings in Orlando, Fla., Gailey noted he wanted to have his quarterback situation sorted out before the draft, which begins April 22.

"You'd like to have everything settled before you went into the draft," Gailey said. "The problem comes if you don't solve an issue before the draft. Then you have to try and solve it in the draft. Then if you don't solve it before the draft or in the draft, now your back's to the wall and everybody knows it. That's a bind you get into. Now they can hold you up."

What do the Bills do now?

Drafting a quarterback becomes a greater possibility. The Bills hold the ninth overall pick, but they have so many needs. Maybe Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen still will be on the board, creating a difficult decision. If the Bills go with another position in the first round and hold off until the 41st pick to look at quarterbacks, then University of Florida icon Tim Tebow, Texas' Colt McCoy or Central Michigan Dan LeFevour might become an attractive option.

Jason Campbell automatically becomes a possibility. He's a restricted free agent with a first-round tender, so an offer sheet is unlikely. But a trade could be worked out because he's not needed in Washington anymore.

Some unrestricted free agents: Kyle Boller, Daunte Culpepper, Josh McCown, Patrick Ramsey and Chris Simms. Other getable restricted free agents: Kellen Clemens and Troy Smith.

And, for the record, J.P. Losman's still out there.

Regardless of where the Bills find that fourth quarterback, it's impressive to know they aimed for McNabb.

If this is how Bills fans can expect their team to operate under their new front office, then there's genuine reason to get excited.

Tap the brakes on Redskins playoff talk

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Pardon me for not getting caught up in the apparent playoff euphoria that is sweeping Redskins Park. My esteemed colleague and pal John Clayton has elevated the Washington Redskins to "co-favorite" status, along with the Dallas Cowboys, to win the NFC East.

Sorry, but I'm not there yet. Clayton points out that the addition of Brett Favre to the Vikings added 5.7 points per game and took them from 10 to 12 wins (and an NFC title game appearance).

My issue with that comparison is that McNabb won't have anywhere near the talent surrounding him Favre enjoyed. The Vikings had the best running back in the league heading into the 2009 season. The Redskins counter with a stable of running backs who each peaked about four years ago. I realize Clinton Portis was good in 2008 but he faded late.

Let's not act like drafting Oklahoma State left tackle Russell Okung in this month's draft is going to completely fix one of the worst offensive lines in the league. What, did you guys get excited about that Artis Hicks signing? He couldn't start for the Vikings last season but I guess he'll get the Redskins to the next level.

By trading for McNabb, Shanahan is acting as if the Redskins are prepared to win now. You don't pay an aging quarterback $11.2 million in 2010 to be a stopgap player. To me, this smacks of the old Dan Snyder way of doing business. McNabb is a blockbuster name like, say, Deion Sanders or Bruce Smith. It sounds like another expensive shortcut, albeit a highly-intriguing one.

But let's not forget McNabb finished his 2009 campaign by playing miserably in back-to-back losses to the Cowboys. Are the Redskins a better team with McNabb at quarterback? Of course they are. But it's hard to imagine him making a seven-win difference -- and that's what it would probably take to challenge for a division title. Clayton immediately has the Redskins passing the Eagles with this move.

"As for the Eagles, who were 11-5 last season, the pressure falls on the unproven quarterback Kevin Kolb," writes Clayton. "With this being his first year as the full-time starter, we can expect a two- or three-win drop in the Eagles' record because first-year starters have difficulty winning close games. The Packers experienced that after they traded Favre to the New York Jets for a second-round choice in 2008. Even though Aaron Rodgers threw for more than 4,000 yards in 2008, he struggled in the fourth quarter of close games, and the Packers dropped from 13-3 to 6-10."

Again, the good news for Eagles fans is that McNabb isn't exactly inheriting the Fun Bunch. Santana Moss still has breakaway speed, but he needs time to get open. And let's not act like McNabb is the same guy who once kept a play alive for 14 seconds on "Monday Night Football" against the Cowboys. In Philadelphia, McNabb played the majority of his career with offensive tackles Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan. He'll likely be breaking in a rookie on his blindside in 2010 and the pedestrian Stephon Heyer will man the right side.

This is certainly a fascinating trade in terms of its impact on two franchises, but to say that Washington and Dallas are the co-favorites in the division is a pretty big stretch.

What does trade mean for Jason Campbell?

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Jason Campbell/Donovan McNabbUS PresswireThere doesn't appear to be a place for Jason Campbell, left, now that Donovan McNabb is on board.
I reached Washington Redskins quarterback Jason Campbell by phone earlier this evening and he said he found out about the trade by turning on his television. Campbell isn't ready to comment, but he did say that Donovan McNabb had reached out to him via text.

I've said many times that the best thing that could happen to Campbell is a trade or a release from the Redskins. Despite the fact that he has improved every season since taking over midway through the 2006 season, Campbell has had to deal with all sorts of turmoil. He's been the consummate teammate, but the 28-year-old will be much better off with another organization.

The Washington Post columnist Michael Wilbon knows McNabb well and he's also been a strong supporter of Campbell's. He thinks both players will be better off because of this trade.

Campbell has not signed his restricted free-agent tender yet. The Redskins put a first-round tender on him, but obviously they would come down on that trade demand. Since the Redskins already have McNabb and Rex Grossman in the fold, Campbell won't have much trade value. Teams will likely wait for the Redskins to release him.

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