AP Source: Eagles want a top 42 pick for McNabb
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Teams interested in acquiring Donovan McNabb will have to part with a high draft pick to get him.
A person familiar with trade discussions involving McNabb told the Associated Press the Philadelphia Eagles will only consider a deal for the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback if it includes a pick among the top 42 in next month’s NFL draft.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity Thursday because the team doesn’t comment on potential trades.
After months of saying McNabb would return for another year, Eagles coach Andy Reid acknowledged Wednesday he was listening to offers for McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick.
Oakland, Buffalo and St. Louis are considered to be most interested in McNabb. Each team has two picks in the top 42.
It’s unlikely any of those teams would give up a first-round pick for McNabb. The Rams have the first overall selection, the Raiders pick eighth and the Bills are ninth. In the second round, however, the Rams have the 33rd pick, Raiders are 39th and Bills are 41st.
A rumored deal that would’ve sent McNabb to St. Louis for the 33rd pick and safety Oshiomoghe Atogwe was strongly denied by several Rams officials, including coach Steve Spagnuolo.
The Raiders are now considered the front-runner for McNabb if a deal is made. It’s still possible the Eagles would accept a pick outside the top 42 if a team sweetened the offer with other picks and/or players.
McNabb is expendable because he’s entering the final season of his contract and Kolb is considered the quarterback of the future. The 33-year-old McNabb has led Philadelphia to five NFC championship games in 11 seasons, winning one NFC title.
McNabb had an outstanding season last year until the final two games – consecutive losses at Dallas. The first loss to the Cowboys cost the Eagles the NFC East title and a first-round bye in the playoffs. The next one came in the wild-card playoff.