While D.C. sports fans were enjoying great Easter weather on Sunday including the Nationals exhibition game, attending D.C. Unitedâ€™s home opener and enjoying the cherry blossoms news broke that the Eaglesâ€™ Donovan McNabb was heading to the Redskins.
In exchange for the Eagles' second-round pick in this year's draft and a conditional Eagles pick, it was confirmed that the Redskins got Donovan McNabb.
McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowler, was drafted by the Eagles in 1999 where he started as a rookie. He leaves a solid playing record including leading the Eagles to four division titles (2001-04), five conference championship games (2001-04, 2008) and later taking the team to the Super Bowl XXXIX. He was named the NFCâ€™s offensive player of the year in 2004.
The 33-year-old quarterback has more than 32,000 career passing yards and 200 touchdowns. He comes to Washington, one of the Eagles' chief NFC East rivals, as Philadelphia's career leader in wins, pass attempts, completions, yards and touchdowns.
When the Eagles acquired Michael Vick in 2009 and drafted Kevin Kolb perhaps that was enough to make the aging McNabb wonder about his future with the team. Eagles coach Andy Reid and team President Joe Banner both told McNabb he had nothing to worry about.
Mike Shanahan, after joining the Redskins as head coach showed interest in drafting younger quarterbacks. But, speaking to reporters last month at the NFL's annual owner meetings, Shanahan declined to name Campbell as his starter, saying the Redskins' five-year veteran would have to earn the honor in training camp. He clearly had different plans, though.
Campbell had been the cornerstone of the Redskins' offense for the past five years. Drafted in the first round of the 2005 draft under former coach Joe Gibbs, Campbell has started the team's past 32 games and 52 of their past 56 since taking over the starting job midway through the 2006 season. But playing with an embattled offensive line and a rotating cast of coaches, Campbell struggled to make the Washington offense more effective.
Last season, Campbell was sacked 43 times, more than all but two other NFL quarterbacks. Statistically, Campbell had posted noticeable improvements since taking over the starting job four seasons ago. He annually improved on his completions, touchdown passes, passing yards and quarterback rating.
Presently the team still has four other quarterbacks under contract: Campbell, Rex Grossman, Colt Brennan and Richard Bartel including the latest addition of McNabb.
"Donovan is an accomplished quarterback who has been a proven winner in the National Football League," Shanahan said in a news release. "I have long admired his competitiveness and feel he will be an outstanding addition to the Redskins and our community. He knows our division and the roadmap to success in the NFC East."