Is there a case for McNabb staying in Philly?

We’ve been through so many reports on where Donovan McNabb is potentially being traded that the idea he actually may not be going anywhere has quickly disappeared.

Maybe it’s too late to turn off the rumor wire and relationships have been damaged. The only one who knows that is McNabb. But is his departure from Philly really a foregone conclusion as many believe?

NFL Network insider Jason La Canfora reported earlier this week there is “nothing imminent” on a McNabb trade and no timetable exists. And it caught our attention in the news room this morning when Philadelphia Inquirer columnist Bob Ford suggested the “assumption that McNabb is definitely gone is still premature.”  Get this: Ford believes McNabb will be the starter in Philly in 2010.

Ford has reached a different conclusion after sifting through the various reports and quotes from Andy Reid, which he dubbed a “noncommittal committal.” Right on. I’ve heard this silent minority elsewhere. It was just last week when this same discussion took place during a planning meeting for NFL Total Access, and both Solomon Wilcots and Torry Holt argued the same side.

The best place for McNabb? That’s Philly.

Is the best thing for Philly McNabb?

McNabb is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent at the end of next season. Shipping him to a one-year football purgatory in Oakland may not be how Reid wants to end their longstanding relationship. He carries a heavy price tag, and the Eagles risk getting nothing in return. Reid holds all the cards, and if the market for quarterbacks isn’t what he anticipated (no interest in Vick), and he believes McNabb represents the team’s best chance to win, maybe he’s back for one more season.

Ford makes some great points. It’s difficult not to agree with him when he says there’s never anyone as popular as a backup quarterback.

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