A day after Eagles coach Andy Reid told the media that teams are “entertaining us with offers” for the various quarterbacks on the roster, evidence is emerging of teams interested in starter Donovan McNabb.
Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Bills and the Raiders have inquired regarding McNabb’s availability. Per Robinson, McNabb would favor a trade to a team with a contending roster, like the Cardinals.
Also, persistent rumors have been making the rounds of the Eagles trading McNabb to the Rams for the first pick in the second round of the 2010 draft.
That rumor heated up today, as Mike Missanelli of 97.5 The Fanatic in Philly was discussing it on the air. He eventually pointed out that Chris Mortensen of ESPN had informed him via text that he had checked out the story with both parties, and that there’s nothing to it.
Still, the move makes sense. If no one is offering a first-round pick and if the Eagles are intent on getting the best deal they can for McNabb, the first pick in round two would be the best possible deal. Now that the draft is spread out over three days, with the second round starting on Friday after after the first round finishes on Thursday night, the team that holds the first pick when the draft reconvenes holds a lot of power. Players that other teams covet will have slipped through round one, and there will be an extended time period for the team that has the next pick to do a great deal.
Of course, the Rams would have to want McNabb — and they’d have to be willing to give up the second overall pick and the power that goes along with it. At this point, it’s looks like it won’t happen.
Which means it probably will by the weekend.