An ESPN report Monday said that the Raiders are the leading candidate to land Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in a much-rumored trade that could be consummated soon.
If so, that’s news to the Oakland Raiders.
Two Raiders employees remain steadfast that the Raiders haven’t even spoken with the Eagles about McNabb, who is in the final year of his contract.
Also, Eagles coach Andy Reid said last week that he isn’t seeking to trade McNabb, just listening to offers.
That hasn’t prevented the McNabb-to-the-Raiders angle from being explored from coast to coast, in the papers, on the Internet and across the airwaves.
Last week, Yahoo! Sports said the Raiders and Buffalo Bills were the front-runners for McNabb. Somewhere along the line, the Bills fell by the wayside. ESPN on Monday characterized the Raiders as the “leader” for McNabb’s services, according to unnamed league sources.
Those sources base their stance on the fact that the Raiders meet the criteria for a trade going down.
One, the Raiders aren’t scared off by the fact McNabb is due a $6.2 million roster bonus in May and $11.2 million overall next season. Two, the Raiders aren’t concerned about McNabb entering the final year of his contract.
Also, the Raiders supposedly are willing to part with the level of compensation the Eagles are seeking. Several reports say the Eagles want at least a high second-round draft pick. The Raiders have one – No. 39 overall.
The ESPN report also made note of the Syracuse connection shared by McNabb and Raiders managing partner Al Davis, and McNabb being a distant cousin of Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, for what it’s worth.
Last week, several reports surfaced about the Raiders dangling Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha as part of the compensation for McNabb.
The two Raiders employees contacted about this story said Asomugha isn’t available for trade, and they scoffed at the mention by ESPN.
Reports out of Philadelphia say McNabb has told Reid he wants to play for the Eagles next season, his 12th in the NFL, and that he would prefer to go to the Minnesota Vikings if traded.
The Raiders, Eagles and Vikings have three quarterbacks with starting experience in the NFL on their rosters. None of the three is desperate to make a move.
Some reports out of Philadelphia paint a picture of a situation where Reid wants McNabb as his quarterback but others in the Eagles front office prefer youngster Kevin Kolb.