Before our previous post examining the Eagles’ price tag for Donovan McNabb was even finished, a report began circulating around the NFL newsroom that a trade could be done by the end of the day.
Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported the Eagles have an offer on the table that would land the Rams’ second-round draft pick (No. 33 overall) and FS Oshiomogho Atogwe (a restricted free agent) in exchange for McNabb.
A factor in any team acquiring McNabb, who’s entering the final year of his contract, has always been agreeing to a contract extension as part of the deal. The lack of an extension — a team willing to do it, and McNabb willing to agree to it — makes a deal more unlikely. McLane reported that McNabb would be willing to go to the Rams with an extension, according to a source, but wouldn’t be willing to go to the Raiders or the Bills. However, it’s entirely possible that a team would be willing to acquire McNabb without an extension in place.
McNabb responded to reports Wednesday on his personal Web site, reiterating that he wants to stay with the Eagles but adding: “I understand the situation well and just hope whichever direction the Eagles decide to go in, they do it quickly.”
Maybe he’ll get that wish. When we said “stay tuned,” we meant it.
UPDATE: Shortly after we posted this report, a Rams source strongly denied to NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora that the team is closing in on a deal for McNabb, saying “There is nothing to it.”