A couple weeks ago I was at a nearby smoothie/sandwich shop for lunch when, lo and behold, Donovan McNabb walked in for a meal. The place is just down the road from the Cardinals’ facility, and I chuckled to myself at the time there would be people everywhere that would be willing to make that jump: McNabb must be meeting with the Cards and stopped by for lunch.
I thought, though, that the McNabb rumors with the Cards, however ill-conceived, were dead. I thought I had cleared that up a long time ago, even before Kurt Warner retired. Then the Cardinals signed Derek Anderson to back up Matt Leinart, and McNabb-to-the-Cardinals carried even less weight. Of course, Eagles coach Andy Reid decided to tell everyone at the recent owners’ meetings that Philly was listening to offers for their quarterback. And it all started again.
So how about this: General manager Rod Graves just told me in an e-mail the Cardinals have “no interest” in a McNabb trade. No interest. (My guess is, given the dearth of NFL news right now and the huge play the McNabb saga is getting, that quote will be used a time or two across the internet going forward.)
Yes, McNabb lives in Chandler. Yes he wants to play for a contender if he is traded. But it’s not going to be the Cardinals. It never was. Playing connect-the-dots provides fodder for the rumor mill but it makes it no more likely to happen. (For specific examples of why McNabb wouldn’t work, see my above link). Will McNabb be an Eagle in 2010? I have no idea. Will he be a Cardinal? Nope.
Tags: Derek Anderson, Donovan McNabb, Matt Leinart, Rod Graves, trade
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