Former Eagles quarterback, and Redskins and Vikings castoff Donovan McNabb, announced Monday on ESPN Radio 97.7 in Syracuse that he will retire as an Eagle.
The 13-year veteran also went on NBC Sports Radio and suggested that a possible day to retire is Sept. 19, when the Chiefs and his former coach Andy Reid travel to Philadelphia.
It would be no shock if McNabb chooses this as his day of retirement instead of, say, Nov. 17 when the Redskins and Mike Shanahan come to town. It would be hard to imagine that McNabb has a soft spot for the coach who benched him in favor of Rex Grossman, especially since his reasoning stemmed from Grossman being better-conditioned to run two-minute drills.
Think about that for a second. Declining veteran or not, it would be a tough pill for any quarterback to swallow to get benched for Grossman, especially if conditioning is the main reason. Grossman will never be mistaken for a world-class athlete, and McNabb was a mobile, dual-threat quarterback in his hey-day.
McNabb's tenure with the Redskins lasted just 13 games, and he threw for 3,377 yards, 14 touchdowns and 15 interceptions while compiling a 5-8 record as a starter. All the while, his growing rift with the Redskins coaching staff was well-publicized, and ultimately had McNabb listed third on the depth chart for the team's final four games of the 2010 season.
But ultimately, the Redskins didn't wind up empty-handed despite trading a second and fourth-round pick to bring McNabb to D.C.
It's true that the Eagles wound up with the better deal in terms of value, though they still didn't turn the Redskins picks they acquired into much. The second-rounder was used on safety Nate Allen, who is now buried on their depth chart after an abysmal 2012 season.
The fourth rounder the Eagles acquired was traded to Tampa Bay for two additional fourth-round picks, with one spent on linebacker Casey Matthews, who like Allen, has also struggled up to this point in his career. The other pick was sent to Houston in exchange for DeMeco Ryans, who thrived in 4-3 defenses his entire career, but will now face the challenge of adapting to the 3-4.
But as for the Redskins, they had to trade McNabb, and because his tenure in Washington became a toxic situation, they could only warrant a sixth-round pick for him from the Minnesota Vikings. But as we all know, that sixth-rounder, which was the 173rd selection overall, turned into Alfred Morris, who finished second in the NFL with 1,613 rushing yards. A lucky break to say the least.
Mercifully, the Redskins actually did get something for their McNabb troubles when it was all said and done. Though, I'm sure that next time they want to grab an elite running back in the draft, they'd like it to result from a situation with a little less baggage.