During a segment on the "Mike and Mike in the morning" show on ESPN Radio this morning, ESPN football analyst John Clayton discussed his thoughts on the Eagles' quarterback situation this off-season.
Clayton said that if Brett Favre retires, the Minnesota Vikings will again be in the market for a veteran quarterback.
If Favre does not return, "then I think move number one is going to be looking at Donovan McNabb," Clayton said. "Now I think the question is do you give up a first round pick, which I think is unlikely. I think what you try to do is find a way to get him for a second round pick."
Head coach Andy Reid stated unequivocally in his season-ending press conference that McNabb will be his quarterback in 2010. The veteran signal-caller is coming off one of the best statistical seasons of his career, throwing for 3,553 yards, 22 touchdowns and 10 interceptions for a QB rating of 92.9.
Still, Clayton said that he believes there are a few scenarios in which he could see the Eagles trading the star quarterback.
"Two things have to happen and that would have to be the retirements," Clayton said. "If (Favre) and Kurt Warner are going to be retired, then there are going to be two possible trade outlets. If let's say both decide to come back, then I don't see another team - maybe Carolina could do it - but there's only going to be three of four options at most for a McNabb trade and if you can't get trade value, you can't release McNabb. Right now, I think his future in Philly is dependent on retirements."
All three of the Eagles' quarterbacks are signed through the end of the 2010 season, so McNabb isn't the only quarterback on Clayton's radar.
"He'll be available," Clayton said of Michael Vick. "I have to think that (the Eagles) shop him through the combine and my guess would be that you're not going to see anybody pick (Vick) up in a trade. There won't be the trade value because of the roster bonus and so that means he'll be released before March 5, and then maybe if he wants to get out before March 5, knowing that there's no trade market, they'll let him go. I think that they like him; they want to give him as much opportunity to get another team. I don't see that the Vikings are going to be the fit for him in Minnesota."
-- Posted by Bo Wulf, 11:05 a.m., January 26