Dawkins: Eagles made a mistake trading McNabb

Broncos S Brian Dawkins believes the Eagles made a poor choice in trading QB Donovan McNabb. (Paul Abell / Associated Press)

Broncos safety Brian Dawkins is a fierce competitor on the football field and a straight shooter off it. So when Dawkins, who played 13 seasons in Philadelphia, was asked on Monday by host Ross Tucker of Sirius NFL Radio about his former Eagles teammate, Donovan McNabb, being traded to the Washington Redskins, Dawkins was his usual, honest self.

Ross Tucker asked, “Point blank, are the Eagles making a mistake?”

Dawkins didn’t just answer yes. He broke down exactly why the Eagles are making a mistake.

“You know what?  For me, I would say yes,” Dawkins said. ” Let me preface this by saying this: You finally get Donovan the weapons that he’s been asking for, and the fans have been asking for, for many, many years.  You finally get D-Jack (DeSean Jackson) outside.  [Jeremy] Maclin’s doing a great job.  [Brent] Celek has blossomed into one of the best tight ends in the game.  You have Jason Avant to move the chains, a physical inside slot guy.  So you’re finally getting those things in place and then you trade a guy who is playing at a high level still.  That’s what I don’t understand.

“If you tell me that Donovan has been slipping, he’s not been playing that Pro Bowl-type ball or that MVP-type ball on a consistent basis.  Now, I’m not talking about slipping up every once in a while, or not having good games every once in a while, I’m talking about on a consistent basis playing high-caliber football, which he’s still doing, then I could see that.  But not this.  Not this when you have all those weapons in place and now you don’t allow him to grow with those weapons and have those weapons grow with him so that they can see if this is the mix that could finally get Philadelphia that championship.”

Apparently, the Eagles didn’t see what Dawkins sees.

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