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Philadelphia Eagles want top 42 pick in any deal for quarterback Donovan McNabb

PHILADELPHIA — The Eagles will only consider a deal for six-time Pro Bowl quarterback Donovan McNabb if it includes a pick among the top 42 in next month's NFL draft, the Associated Press reported Thursday.

After months of saying McNabb would return for another year, Eagles coach Andy Reid acknowledged Wednesday that he was listening to offers for McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick.

Oakland, Buffalo and St. Louis were said to be the most interested in McNabb. Each team has two picks in the top 42.

But it's unlikely any of those teams would give up a first-round pick. The Rams have the first overall selection, the Raiders pick eighth and the Bills are ninth. In the second round, the Rams have the 33rd pick, the Raiders 39th and the Bills 41st.

A rumored deal that would've sent McNabb to St. Louis for the 33rd pick and safety Oshiomoghe Atogwe was denied by several Rams officials, including coach Steve Spagnuolo, who said, "There's nothing to that."

The Raiders are considered the front-runner if a deal is made. It's still possible the Eagles would accept a pick outside the top 42 if a team sweetened the offer with other picks and/or players.

McNabb, 33, is expendable because he's entering the final season of his contract and Kolb, 25, is considered the quarterback of the future.

The Cardinals, who lost veteran quarterback Kurt Warner to retirement in the offseason, were also thought to have interest in McNabb. But general manager Rod Graves made it clear that's not the case, saying the team has "no interest."

Leaf to plead guilty: Former quarterback Ryan Leaf has agreed to plead guilty in his Texas drug and burglary case in exchange for 10 years of probation, his attorney said. Bill Kelly said his client has agreed to plead guilty to seven counts of obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and one count of delivery of a simulated controlled substance. A judge must approve the deal, which includes Leaf paying a $20,000 fine, Kelly said. Leaf, who is living in Canada, coached quarterbacks at West Texas A&M.

Former Buc dies: Former Bucs linebacker Elijah Alexander died in Dallas after a nearly five-year battle with cancer. He was 39. Mr. Alexander was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the bone marrow, in 2005, four years after his career ended in Oakland. The former Kansas State player spent nine seasons with four teams, starting as a rookie with the Bucs in 1992 after being drafted in the 10th round.

Chiefs: Linebacker Derrick Johnson signed a restricted free agent tender and will remain with the team.

Dolphins: A police report shows running back Ronnie Brown had a blood alcohol level that was nearly twice the legal limit when he was arrested on a DUI charge in suburban Atlanta over the weekend. The report says Brown failed a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.158 when given a breath test. The limit to legally drive in Georgia is 0.08. The report also said he twice drifted into the lane of oncoming traffic, at one point "narrowly missing an approaching southbound vehicle" as he drove his BMW.

Jets: Coach Rex Ryan expressed his disappointment that injured running back Leon Washington is staying away from the team's voluntary workouts. The former FSU standout is recovering from a broken right leg and was rehabilitating at the team's facility until he was offered a second-round restricted free agent tender earlier this month. He now is rehabbing in Pensacola. "I just know that no place is going to be as good as what we have here," Ryan said. "This guy is a great young man. I love Leon, but it's still disappointing that he's not here."

Redskins: Restricted free agent Chris Wilson re-signed with the team, where he has played in every game in his three seasons as a backup defensive end and linebacker.

Philadelphia Eagles want top 42 pick in any deal for quarterback Donovan McNabb 03/26/10 [Last modified: Friday, March 26, 2010 12:00am]

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