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McNabb-to-Raiders Rumblings Heat Up

Mar 29, 2010 – 11:23 PM
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Going to Minnesota may be Donovan McNabb's second choice for next season (with his first, obviously, being to stay in Philadelphia), but he could very well be on his way to Oakland instead. On Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirmed last Friday's report from Yahoo's Charles Robinson that the Raiders are the front-runner to land the franchise quarterback.

After first setting the price on McNabb at two first-round picks and a third-round pick, the Eagles have now said that it would take a pick in the top 42 selections of this year's draft. Conveniently, the Raiders hold the 39th selection in the 2010 NFL Draft.

The Eagles have appeared increasingly ready to move on from the McNabb Era this offseason, entertaining offers for the former No. 2 overall pick from Syracuse. Philadelphia is in a position of strength, with backup Kevin Kolb apparently ready to take the reins of Andy Reid's offense. Kolb was selected with the 36th overall pick three years ago in the 2007 draft.

The Raiders have been looking for a franchise quarterback ever since the Super Bowl run put together by Rich Gannon nine years ago. The team spent the first overall pick in that same 2007 draft on JaMarcus Russell, but constant struggles with his conditioning coupled with his failures on the field make him one of the biggest draft busts in recent history. Russell was outplayed by Bruce Gradkowski and Charlie Frye in 2009, when the former top pick completed less than 50 percent of his passes and threw 11 interceptions against just three touchdowns.

There's no McNabb-to-Oakland deal in place yet, but the gears are turning, and it may be just a matter of time until the Raiders solve their QB woes.
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