And here I thought the bankruptcy of the Philadelphia Newspapers LLC was going to be the news we all flocked to.
But never fear, for Donovan McNabb is here! At least for now, that is.
I have to say – this latest tidbit, about Donovan only restructuring his deal if the Eagles bring in more playmakers, is interesting on a number of fronts. First, what was reported.
Although McNabb wants to remain in Philadelphia, if the Eagles aren’t successful in significantly upgrading an offense that needs help at wide receiver, running back and offensive tackle (veterans Jon Runyan and Tra Thomas are free agents beginning Friday), not only may McNabb drop his request for a new contract, he may consider going as far as to ask the Eagles to trade him.
Ah, and the plot thickens.
One has to assume that McNabb and Fletcher Smith are the sources, in an effort to put pressure on the Eagles without coming out and saying McNabb thinks the team lacks offensive playmakers. ‘Cuz that might insult the teammates or something, if he actually came out and, well, you know… said it.
Surely, this method is much less inflammatory.
And now, McNabb is puppeting the strings of the Eagles future. Because it would appear that, if the Eagles roster does not meet his liking, he’ll ask to be traded. And, as Rich Hoffman notes, if he asks to be traded at any point, and the Eagles don’t do it, well – that wouldn’t work, now would it? He’d practically get run out of town.
Plus, it affects the way the Eagles approach the draft. If they had any hopes of skipping over any big moves in free agency, and attempting to fill in the holes on this roster simply through their bevy of draft picks, that just became a bit trickier. Because, if McNabb doesn’t really like that idea, and decides he wants to be traded, the Eagles would have to at least consider drafting a quarterback to replace him, wouldn’t they? I mean, Kevin Kolb has not proven that he is the heir apparent, beyond any speculation or QB competition, right?
So let’s say the Eagles stand pat in free agency. They decide that they can pick up an OT, RB, TE, and depth at other positions through the draft. They think the draft should shake out nicely for them, and on draft day, they get their guys. But wait, what’s this? Donovan wanted playmakers, and he didn’t recognize any of the names drafted? He’s not going to play for the Eagles anymore? Oh, that’s just lovely – the Eagles pretty much have to trade him, can’t draft a QB this year, will have to take a deal for McNabb likely involving draft picks next year, and will be subjected to a year of mediocrity with either Kolb or A.J. Feeley as the starting QB.
Nope, can’t do it – this McNabb thing has to be addressed before the draft.
Which means he probably has a few names dancing about in his mind – T.J. Whateverhislastname is, Chad Johnson, Anquan Boldin, Kellen Winslow, Braylon Edwards, Tony Gonzalez, hell, maybe even Marvin Harrison. We all know what “playmakers” means – he ain’t talking about resigning Tra Thomas, that’s for sure.
Of course, the irony in this seeming “playmaker” clause in McNabb’s renegotiation is that no free agent is going to sign with the Eagles if they think McNabb is on his way out of town. None of these players would likely be down with being traded to the Birds if they thought even a remote possibility existed that number 5 was going to be gone.
There really is no more gray area in this situation – he’s either got to be staying, or he’s good as gone. Which might be exactly what he wants. So while this seems to be a stroke of business genius, it also reeks of a wounded ego.
Hey guys, all those years I toed the company line, took one for the team, bore the burden at them press conferences? Yeah, you pissed that away against Baltimore. So not only am I gonna get my money right, but I also want you to bend over, sweet cheeks. Now go out there and make daddy happy, ‘kay? Daddy will stick around, but only if we’re playing by his rules…
But will the Eagles negotiate with a disgruntled QB? Will they respond to such threats of contractual terror? Will – hell, can – Andy Reid bend? Or will they steadfastly refuse submission to the whims of Donovan the Despiteful? And can they afford to take that stance?
Truth be told, I hope they suck it up and play his game, at least this once. We should be rooting for Donovan – if he wins, not only does he come back, but he probably comes back with a pretty good target to throw to. And that’s what we always want, right? So for this one, I put my vote in for Donovan.
I urge you do the same.
Alright, so now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, I am left to wonder what they will call the joint paper born from the fusion of the Inquirer and Daily News. I mean, they’ve gotta cut costs somewhere down the line, right? Maybe they’ll go with the Daily Inquirer…