With the rumors and the reports whizzing around Philly and other NFL cities regarding possible destinations for Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb, the tip we received last night gained some traction when ESPN.com’s Len Pasquarelli reported that the Raiders are willing to include cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha in a deal for Donovan.
So while discussing that specific wrinkle with our buddy (and WVU alum) Mike Gill of 97.3 ESPN in Atlantic City, Gill mentioned that Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports had been on the show earlier in the day, and that Robinson said that a source “extremely close” to Asomugha claims that the Pro Bowl corner would not be part of the deal.
But here’s the thing. If he’s going to be traded to Philly, Asomugha will be the last to know, finding out only after the deal is done. Any other approach easily could prompt the usually quiet Asomugha to come unglued, realizing that there’s a door leading out of the Black Hole, and that it’s slightly ajar. So the Raiders have no choice but to tell Asomugha and/or his people that Asomugha will not be traded, up until the moment that it’s time to bid him adieu.
Otherwise, the Raiders would have the same problem that the Eagles currently have with McNabb.
UPDATE: A prior version of this article said that Asomugha’s representatives were the source for Robinson’s report. Robinson actually said that the source is “extremely close” to Asomugha. Either way, the point is the same.