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Eagles send McNabb to Redskins for two draft picks

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles traded Donovan McNabb, their longtime quarterback who led them to a Super Bowl, to the NFC East rival Redskins on Sunday.

In return, Philadelphia received two draft picks, a second-rounder (No. 37) in this month's draft and either a third- or fourth-round pick in 2011, depending on McNabb's performance.

"I'm really excited about my future with the Washington Redskins," McNabb, 33, said in a statement. "I'm eager to work with Coach (Mike) Shanahan. … While it's been my goal to win a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, we came up short. I enjoyed my 11 years here, and we shared a lot more good times than bad."

The six-time Pro Bowl selection was the No. 2 overall pick in 1999 and started beginning in the middle of that year. He led Philadelphia to five NFC title games. But it won only one, after which it lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIX in February 2005. He is the Eagles' career leader in passing yards, touchdown passes, pass attempts and completions.

Kevin Kolb, a 2007 second-round pick who has started two games, takes over as the starter with Michael Vick as the backup. "Obviously, we have a lot of confidence in Kevin Kolb to make this decision," coach Andy Reid said.

Reid said it was "a tough decision" to make the trade.

"(McNabb has) been such a great player here. … We thought this was the best for Donovan, and the compensation was right," Reid said.

McNabb is entering the final year of his contract. ESPN.com reported he isn't discussing an extension with the Redskins. Reid said the possibility McNabb could refuse to go to another team or decline to extend his contract was not a factor.

"Donovan would've played anywhere because that's the kind of person he is," Reid said.

McNabb threw for 3,553 yards and 22 touchdowns with 10 interceptions in 14 games last season. His passer rating of 92.9 was the third highest of his career.

But he played poorly in losses to Dallas in Week 17 and the wild-card game. Reid said soon after the season McNabb would return in 2010. He repeated that several times until acknowledging last month the team was listening to offers for all three of its quarterbacks.

McNabb would replace Jason Campbell as the Redskins' starter. The 25th overall pick in 2005 has started their past 32 games and 52 of 56.

Shanahan, who was not available for comment, can only hope McNabb works out as well as the last big Washington-Philadelphia quarterback deal. The Eagles in 1964 sent Sonny Jurgensen to the Redskins, where he played 11 seasons until he was 40 and became a Hall of Famer.

Said Jurgensen: "These people never learn."

Eagles send McNabb to Redskins for two draft picks 04/04/10 [Last modified: Monday, April 5, 2010 12:04am]
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