A closer look at recent McNabb trade reports

The Donovan McNabb trade (and non-trade) speculation shows no signs of slowing.

As the Eagles presumably continue to explore (errr, entertain) offers, and the Raiders and Bills continue to be considered the front-runners, Jeff McLane of The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Friday that if McNabb is traded, he prefers the Vikings. That was soon followed by one of the most concrete reports we’ve seen thus far, as McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, told Les Bowen of the Philadelphia Daily News that he has no reason to believe a trade is imminent, and there have been no conversations with the Eagles about which teams McNabb prefers.

That being said, we know McNabb said Wednesday that he prefers to stay with the Eagles. But he might not have that choice.

As the rumor mill churns, let’s take a look at some reports (in no particular order for you conspiracy theorists) of the possible destinations for McNabb:

Minnesota: The Vikings have been connected to McNabb, dating to last offseason, given his history with coach Brad Childress. But the Vikings are waiting for an answer from a certain No. 4, who tends not to make quick decisions. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reported Friday that the Vikings aren’t in the McNabb mix, via a source at the NFL Annual Meeting earlier this week. Zulgad also offered this from Childress, who was asked about potential interest in McNabb on Wednesday: “Not as of right now. I’m not going to tell you that we won’t add another quarterback to our roster or another two quarterbacks to our roster depending on which quarterback shows up and which doesn’t or which couple or three show up and which don’t. That’s all down-the-road stuff.”

Oakland: NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported Wednesday that several executives on other clubs pointed to the Raiders as the team in heaviest pursuit of McNabb. The Oakland Tribune’s Steve Corkran reported Thursday that two Raiders employees were “unaware” of the team contacting the Eagles.

San Francisco: According to McLane’s report Friday, McNabb would be open to joining the 49ers.

Buffalo: It has been eerily quiet here. No denials. Columnist Bob DiCesare suggests in The Buffalo News that McNabb’s refusal to sign an extension makes it easier for the Bills to eliminate him as an option. NFL.com senior columnist Vic Carucci noted during his live chat Friday that the organization believes Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick will fare better under new coach Chan Gailey[‘s direction. Carucci doesn’t have “any hard evidence” that the Bills are pushing for a McNabb trade.

St. Louis: Steve Spagnuolo squashed reports that the Eagles had an offer on the table from the Rams, according to the St. Louis Globe-Democrat, and general manager Billy Devaney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the rumors were “utterly ridiculous.” Pretty definitive there.

Arizona: A similar story for the Cardinals, as GM Rod Graves told Darren Urban on the team’s official Web site that there was “no interest” in acquiring McNabb.

Rest of the field: Via a La Canfora report Thursday, the Seahawks, Browns, Broncos and Jaguars aren’t in the mix for McNabb.

It has been at least 15 minutes since the last news on McNabb, so we’re clearly due for something new soon.

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