Scratch the Redskins off the list of teams looking for a quarterback, because Washington has traded for Donovan McNabb, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Eagles will receive Washington's second-round pick in this year's draft and a third- or fourth-round selection in 2011 in exchange for McNabb.
I am really shocked that McNabb was traded at all, let alone to a division rival in the Redskins. After all, this move means McNabb will go up against his former team twice a year, and you can bet he will do all in his power to stick it to the Eagles. He got a really raw deal after all he did for that franchise, and now he is going to be in the same division as them? To me this has bad idea written all over it for Philadelphia.
Just look at the compensation. All the Eagles are getting is a second-rounder this year and third- or fourth-rounder next year. I'm sure there are other teams out there that would be willing to give up something comparable for a player like McNabb. Hell, even if they're not, I would rather trade him far away from the NFC East to ensure that this move doesn't come back to bite me so directly.
What this means for the draft is that the Redskins will no longer be a team interested in trading up to the No. 2 overall pick for a quarterback. It also means that teams behind Washington will be less apt to trade up all the way to No. 2 overall since they know Washington no longer needs a QB. In that regard the Lions' bargaining power took a hit with this move, but then again, a trade is highly unlikely unless the Rams pass on Sam Bradford anyways. That doesn't seem very likely right now, and even if it does happen the Lions lost some serious leverage with Washington taking care of its need at QB.