Dec 182010

By Justin Adkins:

The Washington Redskins announced yesterday that starting quarterback Donovan McNabb has been benched, with perennial underachiever Rex Grossman being handed the reins.  To add insult to injury, Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan has declared John Beck the new backup, relegating McNabb to 3rd-string status.

That sound you hear is a sad note played by a poorly tuned air guitar, followed by the slapping of the closest window in the McNabb household.

And Eagles fans everywhere are sagely nodding their heads.  Everyone knew drama would follow McNabb, just like the hurt of a misunderstood draft day boofest did for the length of the passive-aggressive QB’s career in Philadelphia

Luckily for Eagles fans, that particular story has been written and the page has been turned.  And with Washington out of the playoff picture, the only significance held by the Redkins right now is the finalizing of the McNabb trade compensation (yes, the Redskins gave up multiple draft picks for him).

The Eagles already secured a second-round pick in the 2010 draft, which was used on talented safety Nate Allen, who is a starter and has already made an impact.  His future is bright.

The other half of the trade was a conditional draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, either a third-round pick or a fourth-round pick. 

In order for the Eagles to receive the 3rd rounder, McNabb would have had to either be selected to the Pro Bowl following the 2010 season, or would have had to play a minimum of 70% of the Redskins’ snaps PLUS the Redskins would have needed to win 9 games.

The former ain’t happening.  Unfortunately, neither is the latter.  McNabb has played most of the snaps this year — all except when he was previously benched late in a game for Rex Grossman — and statistically it is almost impossible for McNabb NOT to play at least 70% of the snaps.  But with the Redskins eighth loss last week, it’s definitely impossible for them to win 9 games.

So that means the Eagles will receive the Redskins fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Not a bad haul for a washed up quarterback who can’t even start for his new team.

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