Currently, there have been numerous reports that Al Davis is seriously considering the Eagles offer of a pick "no later than #42" for the longtime face of the Philadelphia Eagles Donovan McNabb. The Eagles seem content with Kevin Kolb at starter and Michael Vick backing him up. To many Eagles and NFL fans alike, this deal just "makes sense"...
... However, I just don't see what's the urgency in making this move if I'm Andy Reid.
McNabb will be 34 years old in November of this year, but has played nothing less than a great QB over the course of his career. In fact, the year he was paired up with Terrell Owens he produced such a stellar year that he was considered a MVP candidate (2004). He's a strong mobile QB with a pretty nice arm. Besides that one year with Owens, he's never really played with a full cast of offensive talent until last year. Sure, Brian Westbrook will go down as one of the elite running backs of the past decade (2000-2009 seasons), but even without a oft-injured Westbrook, McNabb was able to produce some stellar performances and propel the team forward.
From Andy Reid's perspective, I understand that Kevin Kolb is the quarterback of the future and more than likely the "future face of this franchise" and you're not going to be able to move forward with McNabb holding onto the starter position. Kolb is capable of doing all of the things that McNabb can do and is considerable younger than the mid-thirties McNabb. They've finally put some offensive pieces together and now it's about "time"; not what McNabb did or didn't do.
Sure, there is a considerable amount of cap space that McNabb takes next season. With $10 million plus needed to keep McNabb on the roster in 2010, McNabb's contract is certainly a heavy burden on the Eagles salary cap. However, looking at McNabb's stats I would say with limited resources he produced well. In 13 games, McNabb threw for 3300 yds, 22 passing TDs (2 rushing TDs), and a passing percentage of 60%, I can't say he didn't give you solid numbers as a starting QB. Isn't that the bottomline stats you want from your starting QB?
Where the Eagles problem lied in 2009 was on the defensive side where the Eagles didn't create many turnovers, nor were they able to defend the pass. Their secondary was severely banged up and their linebackers were worn, but that defense was not the reason that the team went to the playoffs in 2009.
In fact, it wasn't Brian Westbrook, LeSean McCoy, or DeSean Jackson all of which were huge contributors to the team as-a-whole.
Listen, if I'm the Raiders, I'm doing everything possible to get McNabb over to my team. If they are able to get a deal done without losing Nnamdi Asomugha, then this team is playoff calibur in the AFC.
The Broncos, Chargers, and Chiefs are all rebuilding/reloading in some way and have concerns that could swing momentum either way in 2010. The Broncos will have a QB competition this year between the rarely-used Brady Quinn and Chicago's Very Own Kyle Orton. The Chargers have some serious starter concerns at running back, conerback, and offensive line. The Chiefs are rebuilidng on both sides of the ball, but have shown that the pieces are coming together.
Ultimately, when you look at the Raiders with McNabb and the Eagles with Kolb as the starter, neither team gets that much better. However, the Raiders do become a legitimate challenger for the AFC West and the Eagles just save cap space.