With reports indicating that Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner will announce his retirement on Friday, there's speculation that the Cardinals will make a blockbuster move to acquire a new quarterback. And with three starting-caliber quarterbacks, the rumor mill always points in the direction of the Philadelphia Eagles. Darren Urban from the Cardinals' website writes that if Warner officially retires the Cardinals will not strike a deal with the Eagles for one of their signal callers.
"The Cardinals aren't going to try and trade for Donovan McNabb," Urban wrote. "They aren't going to give up draft picks for an older QB who is going to be looking for a new contract (McNabb is scheduled to be a free agent after 2010). Maybe McNabb, who has a house in Chandler (Az.), becomes more attractive if he hits the free-agent market after next season, but that's assuming the Eagles let him leave. But there will be no trade, even if the Eagles decide to deal him.
"The Cards aren't going to chase Michael Vick either. Vick should get released by Philly at some point, given the large amount of money ($3.75 million as a backup) he is due for next season, unless the Eagles dump McNabb. But Vick carries with him too much baggage to be worth bringing him in, and his style (including the fact he has never proven to be a consistent NFL passer) doesn't fit the Cards' offense. Vick is not coming to Arizona."
Urban states that former first-round pick Matt Leinart will get the opportunity to win the starting job. And again, head coach Andy Reid has said McNabb will be his quarterback in 2010. McNabb told reporters at the Pro Bowl on Wednesday that he expects to be back, along with Vick.
-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 11:40 a.m., January 28