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Whispers continue regarding Rams and McNabb

NFL_McNabb.jpgBryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch recently sent Rams fans into a tizzy by reporting that the Rams have had “intense internal investigations” with the Eagles regarding quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Though Burwell later essentially claimed that his newspaper’s offensive line had been outplayed, the talk continues.

One tipster with a limited but viable track record in these parts claims that McNabb could be a Ram as soon as Friday, in exchange for the first pick in the second round of the draft.

But there’s an important factor to keep in mind regarding such a deal.  Though McNabb’s contract does not contain a no-trade clause, McNabb’s willingness to happily join a team that has won six total games in three years will be a big factor in any such deal.

Then there’s the fact that the Rams wouldn’t send the first pick in the second round of the draft for a 30-something-year-old quarterback who is under contract for only one year.  The Rams will want to do an extension, and McNabb can kill the deal by simply saying “no f–king way.”

That doesn’t mean McNabb stays put.  But it means that, before he gets traded, his new team will need to have a pretty good idea that they’re getting him for more than 16 games.

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28 Responses to “Whispers continue regarding Rams and McNabb”
  1. pftfanboy says: Mar 4, 2010 8:32 AM

    i dont know man. do you think Mcnabb’s fragile ego can handle being traded to the Rams for only a 2nd round pick?
    if he has any ability to shut it down, i think he would go that route.

  2. manginiwithcheese says: Mar 4, 2010 8:33 AM

    Maybe the Rams rumor is a little bit of “cage-ratteling” aimed towards Cleveland? The Browns are still rumored to be talking to 3 teams about finding a QB. Just sayin’…

  3. dajaba75 says: Mar 4, 2010 8:37 AM

    Idea: Rush Limbaugh shut out from becoming an owner so that McNabb could be talked into coming to St. Louis?

  4. ShockAndAwe09NYG! says: Mar 4, 2010 8:53 AM

    The Rams because of Steve Spags needs to draft Ndamakong Suh and trade there 2nd pick for Osi Umenyiora and that’ll give them a very solid line for years to come and it goes good with a solid young middle linebacker that they already have in James L.

  5. BroncoBourque says: Mar 4, 2010 8:54 AM

    Maybe the Rams make this deal and trade the first pick in the 3rd round to the Cardinals for Boldin. McNabb-Jackson-Boldin is a nice offensive trio that would certainly be able to jump start the Rams on offense. It would also allow the Rams to draft whomever they feel is the best player in the draft, likely giving their defense a big boost too.

  6. Brian says: Mar 4, 2010 8:54 AM

    The rams don’t want to make the first pick in the first round…. the eagles will take that pick.

  7. onesweetworld says: Mar 4, 2010 9:10 AM

    So a team in a rebuilding mode wants to trade for an aging QB while giving up draft picks? Have fun being terrible for the next decade….

  8. WarrenMoonGOAT says: Mar 4, 2010 9:14 AM

    not going to happen, simply because McNabb will not agree to it

  9. RugDaniels says: Mar 4, 2010 9:20 AM

    I’m sure the Rams would give up the first pick in the draft for a 30 y/o plus QB with a history of injuries…that makes a lot of sense.

  10. Mooch says: Mar 4, 2010 9:28 AM

    McNabb is do annoying, there is no shot he accepts the trade and will cry.
    He will stay in Philly just to spite the fans.

  11. jbraider says: Mar 4, 2010 9:30 AM

    No way the Eagles trade McNabb. And to trade him for a second rounder – that’s just dumb beyond belief. No way St. Louis trades for a QB that has 4 years left max. It will take 4 years for St. Louis to rebuild. This story is an asolute waste of everyone’s time

  12. Mooch says: Mar 4, 2010 9:32 AM

    If McNabb goes to St. Louis, the Rams offense gets a new nickname…
    The Greatest Throw to Turf

  13. 65marv says: Mar 4, 2010 9:34 AM

    Only way the Rams make this deal is if they can get McNabb to sign an extension and they can find some team foolish enough to give up a second round pick for Alex Barron. Even if those two conditions are met, behind that offensive line and with the dearth of playmakers on offense, McNabb doesn’t offer that much of an improvement over Bulger. They’d really need to sign some impact free agents to justify trading the first pick in the second round for McNabb.

  14. Yellow Lab says: Mar 4, 2010 9:55 AM

    There is only one way for the Rams to go – first pick – Sam Bradford! After this guy shows that he is healthy and impresses everyone on his pro-day the Rams will finally make the smart decision. Bradford will be their man for at least 10 years. If they go DL then they’ll have all their money on the DL and one RB and nowhere else-lots of luck. As far as McNabb goes , or any other trade option or FA – it will never work. The Rams just can’t be stupid enough to pass on a YOUNG franchise QB! And that he is.

  15. Sasquash says: Mar 4, 2010 10:13 AM

    The one thing I can say about McNabb is that he wants out of Philly. We are a brutal fan base, and lord knows hes had his fill. I think he would be willing to go there and sign an extension because he is a professional. All this talk that he will say no way, it just wont happen. The Rams would be smart to offer there 2nd rd pick for him and the Eagles would be dumb to turn it down(I know most of us Eagles fans think they already are). McNabb has one year left and there is no way Philly brings him back with Kolb waiting like a good solider. What let McNabb walk and get nothing for him? That would make nosense at all.

  16. raw B says: Mar 4, 2010 10:13 AM

    jbraider says:
    March 4, 2010 9:30 AM
    No way the Eagles trade McNabb. And to trade him for a second rounder – that’s just dumb beyond belief. No way St. Louis trades for a QB that has 4 years left max. It will take 4 years for St. Louis to rebuild. This story is an asolute waste of everyone’s time
    This post is ignorant. The Birds will move a ringless 33 year old stupor 5 for the 33 rd pick in the draft in a heart beat. If not, we essentially lose a second rounder anyway (kolb) Mcnabb will never win it all in philly with AR as captain, so just trade him now and give him a shot and the eagles a shot with a more accurate QB.
    You dont think Steve Spags remembers Don from Philly? Dude can still paly but needs a run first, play action style O. Where better to do that than behind steven jackson?

  17. favrecansuckit says: Mar 4, 2010 10:15 AM

    RugDaniels says:
    March 4, 2010 9:20 AM
    I’m sure the Rams would give up the first pick in the draft for a 30 y/o plus QB with a history of injuries…that makes a lot of sense.
    ——————————————————–
    First pick of the 2nd round…Reading comprehension….

  18. Mooch says: Mar 4, 2010 10:26 AM

    Sasquash – I do not think we are that much tougher than NY or Boston, and only slightly moreso than Chicago.
    The difference is Mcnabb’s victim menatlity – he makes it out to be worse than it is.
    Jimmy Rollins was killed on WIP, and Charlie sat him down, when he was slumping. He got moved in the order. Did you hear anything from him? At all?
    McNabb needs to go somewhere where the fans do not care. Maybe St. Louis is a good spot.

  19. birdmancometh says: Mar 4, 2010 10:39 AM

    Ah yes, the fun continues. I hope Andy does whatever he’s going to do fast so we don’t have too many months of this.
    “McNabb could be a Ram as soon as Friday, in exchange for the first pick in the second round of the draft.”
    As soon as the first day it’s possible to trade someone huh?

  20. dtowner says: Mar 4, 2010 10:41 AM

    Let’s not forget Spags was with the Shegirls before the Gmen and McNabb might think working with an old Defensive minded friend could work to his benefit. And it is the Rams first pick in the 2nd round they are talking about, so the Rams would still get Suh to help build their Defense. They might also be able to get a developmental QB in the 3rd round to groom behind McNab for 2 or 3 years. It would be interesting anyway.

  21. Ray says: Mar 4, 2010 10:56 AM

    Ahhh, the off season news! U gotta love it. Not necessarily believe it, just love it!

  22. BleedGreenMtState says: Mar 4, 2010 11:00 AM

    Rams
    1st Rd – Suh
    2nd Rd- Traded for MCBlabb
    3rd – Traded for Boldin
    4th Rd – OL
    5th Rd – Tony Pike
    Sign one other OL and DL FA and the team is suddenly good for a few years and preparing for the future with Pike.
    I think this deal gets done. Let’s not forget that this combo may actually get the Rams into the playoffs. It certainly makes them better than a Warner less Cards and Seahawks. Only question left is does it get them over the 49ers.

  23. SixBurgh6 says: Mar 4, 2010 12:29 PM

    People waaayyyy wayyyy overvalue draft picks nowadays.
    All I hear from people regarding trading a 2nd round pick for McNabb is like “No way!”.
    This is a 2nd round pick we are talking about. There is a 50% chance whoever you pick (and it won’t be an elite player in the 2nd round) BUSTS. And in the 2nd round, all of the really good players are mostly gone anyway. Sure you can get lucky and find a decent player in the 2nd round down, but your chances of doing so are very low.
    Would you rather gamble on a 2nd round player or use that pick to get a former franchise veteran QB with at least 3-4 years left who can mentor a younger quarterback and win games for you?
    Seriously. Trading a 2nd round pick for McNabb would be an absolute steal for the Rams.

  24. tombrookshire says: Mar 4, 2010 12:31 PM

    What you need to remember here is that McNabb is due for another season ending or shortening injury. Any team that has done their due diligence knows that trading for McNabb with a year left on his contract for a high draft choice is risky business. He is an aging player who has lost a step, needs a solid offensive line in front of him, is very injury-prone, and will do nothing to dramatically improve a bad team in 2010. There is too much risk and downside to McNabb. The Eagles will hold on to him and play him in 2010, only to choke again in the playoffs to end his career. No extensions. The Eagles should start Kolb with McNabb as his backup.

  25. AZ Red Bird says: Mar 4, 2010 12:46 PM

    Rams fans…there is NO WAY the Cardinals trade Boldin inside the division….not a chance in hell.
    With any option the Cards will push him into the AFC so they don’t ever have to face him.
    Re: McNabb – No WAY he wants to go to the Rams. His career has 3 years left…and rebuilding is not the way he wants to go out….
    NO WAY he does a sign and trade. NONE

  26. jlbay says: Mar 4, 2010 1:07 PM

    The idea that McNabb could or would veto a trade by not signing an extension is ridicules. As pointed out by multiple people already is the fact that McNabb hasn’t been able to stay healthy the last few years. Hell – even last year he missed 2 games (both of which Kolb threw for over 300 yards) with a cracked rib.
    So let’s suppose that the Rams do send their 2nd round pick to the Eagles for McNabb. As has also been pointed out be a few posts, St. Louis O-line isn’t exactly gold standard, so McNabb would get hit more than a few times playing for St. Louis. So you think he is going to play under a 1 year contract and risk getting injured or is it more likely he would sign a longer term deal with a big signing bonus and the first few years gauranteed?
    Players in the prime without a history of injury don’t like playing on one year contracts in the NFL, because if they get injured the lose millions of dollars of market value and/or money – or they never play again. The idea that McNabb has leverage at 33 years old is simply absurd – if the chose to do so, the Eagles can and will trade him wherever they want, and he will sign an extension with whichever team acquires him – regardless of how bad they are. Actually them being bad only increases the likelihood of an extension – as McNabb doesn’t want to be forced by injury into 2010 being his last NFL season to get paid.

  27. cobrala2 says: Mar 4, 2010 1:11 PM

    “But there’s an important factor to keep in mind regarding such a deal. Though McNabb’s contract does not contain a no-trade clause, McNabb’s willingness to happily join a team that has won six total games in three years will be a big factor in any such deal.”
    …don’t you mean McNabb’s willingness to happily-STAY on the team…??? If he’s traded it’s done for one season.

  28. heartstl says: Mar 4, 2010 2:51 PM

    They could just acquire him and franchise him next year alla Richard Seymour.

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