*It could be argued that two earthquakes took place yesterday evening – one along the California/Mexico border, the other in the NFC East.
After weeks of speculation as to where Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb would be traded, news broke Sunday night that the veteran QB is headed to the Washington Redskins for a pair of draft picks.
According to reports, the Eagles will receive a second-round pick (37th overall) in this month’s NFL draft and either a third- or fourth-round pick next year.
“I’m really excited about my future with the Washington Redskins,” McNabb said in a statement Sunday night. “I’m eager to work with Coach [Mike] Shanahan. He’s been a very successful coach with a couple of Super Bowl victories on his resume. While it has been my goal to win a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, we came up short. I enjoyed my 11 years, and know we shared a lot more good times than bad.”
Former Redskins and Eagles player Brian Mitchell of Comcast SportsNet says he spoke with McNabb on the phone, and his former teammate seemed energetic about his new destination.
“In his voice I heard a lot of enthusiasm,” Mitchell reported on Comcast SportsNet. “And you know, he may not be exactly like me, but I could hear he had a little revenge in that voice, too. And he wants to go to the Eagles and show them that they made a mistake.”
League sources told Schefter that McNabb wanted to play for the Redskins and not the Raiders or the Bills, which is why the trade happened.
“Donovan McNabb was more than a franchise quarterback for this team,” Eagles chairman Jeffrey Lurie said. “He truly embodied all of the attributes of a great quarterback and of a great person. He has been an excellent representative of this organization and the entire National Football League both on and off the field. I look forward to honoring him as one of the greatest Eagles of all-time and hopefully see him enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton one day.”