When Andy Reid came out and said the Eagles are “listening” to offers for Donovan McNabb and the team’s other two quarterbacks (Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick) Wednesday at the NFL Annual Meeting, it really confirmed what many had presumed all along.
Regardless, this story is creating quite the buzz following Reid’s admission after the team had remained silent on the matter for weeks.
According to Ashley Fox of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Reid said Tuesday that teams “are entertaining us with offers” and that the Eagles were “evaluating all of them.” That might be status-quo, but at the very least it confirms teams are calling, and the Eagles are listening.
The known base price tag for McNabb had always started with a first-round pick (and maybe more), per NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora. Now, however, that price might have come down. Fox noted later in her piece Wednesday that a second-round pick or a combination of high picks could land McNabb, according to a league source with knowledge of the team’s thought process.
Adding another twist, Jeff McLane of The Inquirer noted McNabb wants to remain with the Eagles, although he and Reid haven’t spoken in months, per a source close to the situation. McLane also reports, according to his sources, that the Eagles are seeking a second-round pick.
Vic Carucci posted a timely piece on the matter earlier Wednesday, examining what appears to be a shrinking market (presumably leading to the lower price tag) for McNabb, although two unnamed clubs are showing the most interest. Carucci points to the Bills (a persistent rumor) and Redskins as the most QB-needy teams. He adds the Vikings, Cardinals and Browns as possibilities.
It appears Reid has opened the flood gates on this story. Stay tuned on this one.