For weeks rumors have swirled around Philadelphia that the Eagles were ready to trade Donavan McNabb. Rumor had it that the Eagles were looking to send the six time Pro Bowler to either Oakland or Buffalo.
Logic for trading the best quarterback in Eagles history has been very fuzzy. Perhaps it was McNabb's contract, his age, 34, or the fact that the Eagle management has been pushing for Kevin Kolb to become the teams starter since 2008.
Whatever it is, the move the Eagles made Sunday will haunt them for years to come.
It's one thing to trade a quarterback, it's another when you trade a quarterback within the division.
That is why the Packers were so reluctant to trade Brett Favre to Minnesota two years ago, instead sending him out of the NFC North to the Jets. Favre eventually landed in Minnesota to seek revenge on Green Bay, sweeping them this past season.
Now McNabb can enact similar vengance on the Eagles, when he leads the Washington Redskins on the gridiron this fall. That's right the Redskins.
The Eagles sent McNabb to their division rival for the 37th pick in this months draft, as well as third and fourth round picks in 2011.
From the Eagles point of view; I hope Philly fans are happy! For a decade they have clamored and demanded that the Eagles rid themselves of McNabb, and now they get their wish. They didn't seem to care that he took them to five NFC title games and a Super Bowl. Now that he is out of town, no Eagle fan should complain when he is beating the Eagles to a pulp this year.
This is a terrible move for the Eagles. To trade your best player within the division is asking for big trouble - if Kolb fails to meet expectations, it could ultimately cost Andy Reid his job.
As for Washington, they have been here before. Every year the Redskins add big name players, Clinton Portis and Albert Haynesworth come to mind, and in the end it always blows up in Dan Snyder's face. The Redskins on paper look like a juggernout with McNabb under center and Mike Shanahan as the head coach.
We shall see who will look dumber when the games begin in the fall.