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|The Eagles won't trade Donovan McNabb under any circumstance. McNabb will be the Eagles' starting quarterback this year. The fact a story came out indicating McNabb is unhappy is a sign that Jeff Garcia probably won't be back. If Garcia is considered a threat to McNabb, it's probably better to let him go to a team such as Tampa Bay or somewhere else. The Eagles aren't going to build their future on a 36-year-old quarterback. McNabb is the leader of the team. They will work out their problems with him. Blog|
McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, told the Philadelphia Inquirer those rumors are not true.
"None of these stories quoted him," Smith told the Inquirer. "They're all quoting sources close to Donovan. They claim to know what he thinks and what he's feeling. Who are these people? I don't know. I think there should be some level of responsibility in getting his side of the story before printing some of this stuff. It's sensationalism, and I guess it sells newspapers."Garcia is scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent in March. One former teammate told The Trenton Times that he doesn't envision Garcia returning to the Eagles as a backup. "I know Jeff and I know how he is," the unnamed former teammate told The Times. "After the way he played -- what was he, 6-1? -- and then he won a playoff game. He's not going to be happy being a backup again. He's way too much of a competitor for that. He should be going to the Pro Bowl the way he played. He knows that. Now, you want him to be a backup, and get paid like a backup. That's not going to happen." As for the decision to cancel the news conference last Friday, Reid insisted it was his choice because he wanted McNabb to focus on his rehab for a knee injury sustained Nov. 19.
The Eagles' rollercoaster of a season ended with a gut-wrenching 27-24 loss to the New Orleans Saints in an NFC second-round playoff game, leaving Reid, his staff and players to ponder so many near-misses and what-ifs.
Philadelphia's season began with so much promise after a 4-1 start. McNabb was back to playing at an MVP level after Terrell Owens and a sports hernia disrupted his 2005 season, and the rest of the team hopped on his broad shoulders.
Then came a three-game losing streak, including a last-second loss on a 62-yard field goal by Tampa Bay's Matt Bryant. It seemed to get only worse when McNabb tore a knee ligament in Week 11. Hardly anyone expected much from the Eagles after a 24-point defeat at Indianapolis a week later left them at 5-6.
But Garcia rallied his teammates to five straight wins, the NFC East title for the fifth time in six years, and an 11-7 finish.Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.