The Donovan McNabb saga continues apace and now the Oakland Raiders look like the favourites to acquire the veteran quarter back’s services. In The second round of this years draft Oakland have the 39th selection, and the Eagles have indicated that this would be acceptable. This does show a change of heart from the Raiders who are effectively admitting that 2007 No. 1 overall draft pick JaMarcus Russell (right) is not making the grade, although they will be hoping that with McNabb’s mentoring he can improve and justify his six-year, $68 million contract.
The only stumbling block now looks to be Donovan McNabb himself as he has already intimated to head coach Andy Reid that he wants to stay with the Eagles and, if he has to be traded, would prefer to go to the Minnesota Vikings, who would give him a chance at a Super Bowl ring. However there is no sentiment in football these days and Eagles will no doubt do what in their opinions best for the team.
Ironically given that the AFC West is probably the weakest division in the AFC Conference McNabb’s arrival could have a major impact on the Raiders, and with a chance of a decent 1st round pick who knows what could happen. One only has to look to the effect Steve McNair had on the Ravens in 2006 to see the difference a quality Veteran QB can make.
One thing that is for certain is that if McNabb joins the Raiders then Sam Bradford will suddenly be high on the St Louis Rams want list again although, passing up on Ndamukong Suh who is probably a once in a decade Defensive Tackle for an unproven QB coming off of shoulder surgery would be a high risk move.
Ndamukong Suh in action
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