Report: Reid Vs. Banner and RosemanEagles, News, Quarterbacks Monday, April 5th, 2010
Jason Cole of Yahoo Sports tells an interesting story about the Eagles decision to trade Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins.He talks about a battle going¬† on in the front office between head coach Andy Reid on one side and team president Joe Banner and general manager Howie Roseman on the other.
According to Cole’s sources, Reid thinks young Kevin Kolb can be a great quarterback but he’s not sure about him.¬† He already knows McNabb is a great quarterback, so he didn’t want to get rid of him.
Reid was willing to retain McNabb, even if it meant parting with Kolb.¬† Banner and Roseman on the other hand wanted to trade McNabb, then turn the offense over to Kolb and their side won out because they had more votes and they wore Reid down.
Cole writes that Banner and Roseman worked on Reid and eventually forced his hand to move McNabb, while the quarterback forced the Eagles’ hand to send him to Washington and not to basement dweller’s in Buffalo or Oakland.
McNabb balked at being sent to play for the Bills or Raiders and he made it clear he wasn’t going to sign an extension with them.¬† Reid wanted to find a way to both get good compensation in a trade and also send McNabb to a team which he would be happy about going to.
They weren’t looking forward to sending him to a team within the division but the goal of getting good compensation was regarded as more important.
Mike Shanahan of the Redskins came on the scene the last three or four days and they made the kind of compensation offers which made all of the Eagles front office content with, so they pulled the trigger on the deal.
As for trading McNabb within the division, Cole writes that the long-time Eagles signal caller forced management’s hands by making it clear that he wanted to play in Washington.
I hear that once the Skins sweetened their offer to two draft picks, all of the Eagles decision-makers decided to pull the switch on the deal.
On the Redskins side of things, there have been reports that they offered Pro Bowl defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth and also mentioned young safety LaRon Landry as part of a compensation package for McNabb.
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