Betcha you didn’t think I’d touch this subject. The most obvious impact of the Donovan McNabb-to-Washington trade here in Arizona? It officially closes the door on the closed door that too many kept thinking was left slightly ajar, most recently by misinterpretations of coach Ken Whisenhunt. But there are, of course, others:
— Neither the Eagles or Redskins are on the 2010 schedule, and given the way Mike Shanahan never even dressed his starting quarterback all those years the Cards and Broncos closed out the preseason, I don’t expect McNabb to be playing in the preseason finale this year either. So the Cards aren’t affected on the field. This year, anyway.
— It will be interesting to see how the contract extension talks go between McNabb and the Redskins. Does it wait until after the season? Might the franchise tag come into play? Will McNabb want a chance to be free and maybe try and get to Arizona or Minnesota after one year in D.C.? If he signs an extension, all that is out the window. (The impending lockout makes the story even more juicy; if McNabb has a chance to nail down some decent up-front money in-season, does he take it with the chance there will be a work stoppage that could completely mess with 2011 free agency?)
— It makes the Redskins, on paper, more of a contender than they were last week. Can they overcome their other obstacles, like questions on the offensive line and receiver? If they can, it’s another team to overcome for the playoffs if you are the Cardinals.
— The Eagles are another story. Until Kevin Kolb shows he is the real deal, I don’t see how anyone sees Philly any differently than the Cards — a playoff potential that must prove they can answer questions at quarterback.
— The Cardinals pick so far down in the first round that the Redskins’ decision to get McNabb and presumably not take a QB probably won’t make an impact — unless Jimmy Clausen slips all the way into the 20s and the Cards either a) have to make a decision on him themselves or b) another team takes him instead later, setting up some dominoes that allows a surprise to be waiting at No. 26.
Tags: Donovan McNabb, draft, Eagles, free agency, Redskins
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