Cause and Effect of McNabb Trade to Washington

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Late last week I had read a little something about the possibility of Donovan McNabb being traded to the Washington Redskins. I thought that was just crazy talk considering the trade would land McNabb in the same division, causing me to dismiss it right away. Then the Easter Bunny hopped in to town and made it happen yesterday. We can now quit speculating on the trade possibilities and talk about the actual impact of the trade on the teams and Joe Fan.

If you like browsing the mock drafts you can expect a rush in updates. Personally I watched the hours I spent on an update yesterday morning go down the drain as I had been toying with the idea of the Redskins taking Jimmy Clausen. While I didn’t like the idea of spending time updating today, I do like the idea of going back to the number four pick used on Oklahoma St. Offensive Tackle Russell Okung. That was the smart pick in the first place for the Skins and the one we had in place for a couple months. The Mock will be updated later today. So…enough about how it impacted me, let’s look at some cause and effect of the trade…

The Washington Redskins made a major change to the franchise in one swoop. Guessing that McNabb agrees to an extension, they have a new face of the franchise for the next four to five years. This also sets them up to replace Chris Samuels on the line with Russell Okung.

Jason Campbell will likely be out since they signed Rex Grossman, who is capable of carrying the clipboard and playing the two games that McNabb is injured (not saying he will win those games). The teams that had inquired about McNabb may be interested in giving Campbell a place to start over.

The Philadelphia Eagles appear to be a team rebuilding. We know they have been struggling with the decision to go with the new kid over the guy who led the team to all those NFC title games and a Super Bowl.  Fans appear ready for a change as well. Kevin Kolb is the new starter for the Eagles and Michael Vick is a second stringer by default.

What the move does for the Eagles in the draft is also a win for them. In our mock draft that is revamped after the trade it allows the Eagles to add three players to the defense and an offensive lineman in the first three rounds.

Tell me this isn’t going to be good for football. The NFC East rivalry games are already prime time darlings. Imagine the build up to the Redskins and Eagles games in 2010. Look at the divisional games between the Packers and Vikings last season. At least the Packers showed the respect of trying to keep Bret Favre out of the division. The Eagles are basically saying they are not worried about having to beat McNabb. I guess it would be more disrespectful to send him to Oakland…

Let’s talk a little fantasy football. Some Dynasty owners just got an instant starter if they have been holding Kolb on their developmental squad…or even two starters if they had him on a roster backing up McNabb. You have to think this will do something for the fantasy stock of Malcolm Kelly and Devin Thomas in Washington. How about the squad of running backs the Skins have been assembling? Looks kinda like an all fantasy squad from a few years ago. How will the addition of McNabb impact the running game?

We could go on and on for like another ten minutes on this. Any thoughts? Who wins in this trade?

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Lee created Football Jabber in 2007 as a sounding board for a love of the NFL, Fantasy Football, the NFL Draft, and College Football. He may or may not be responsible for the fall of the breakfast drink Tang. Lee tagged this post with: , , , , , , , , , , Read 131 articles by Lee
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