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McNabb Exit Would Surprise Vermeil

Former NFL head coach Dick Vermeil, a one-time coach of the Eagles, shared his thoughts on the future of Donovan McNabb in Philadelphia as he joined SIRIUS NFL Radio hosts Tim Ryan and Pat Kirwan.

Here is an interesting exchange from the interview:

Host/Pat Kirwan: "Help us figure out Donovan McNabb. No second guessing here, you've got great love for the city of Philadelphia and for Donovan I'm sure, but how does this get to the point, a 33-year-old guy who's a pretty damn good player, looks like he's up for sale and moving on?"

Dick Vermeil: "Yeah, you know, there's a lot of rumors in regard to that, but I talked to Andy [Reid] before he went to the owners meetings a week ago and it really didn't sound that convincing that he was going anywhere to me. I mean, he didn't just say he's going anywhere he said they've got some things going on but I'll be surprised if he leaves Philadelphia."

Meanwhile, Jeff McLane of *The Philadelohia Inquirer *reported Friday that if McNabb was to be traded, he would prefer to be traded to Minnesota. Per McLane, that is according to sources close to the situation.

Of course, such a move would reunite McNabb with Brad Childess, his first NFL quarterbacks coach and former offensive coordinator in Philadelphia.

However, the primary obstacle in No. 5 surfacing in Minnesota is the potential return of No. 4, Brett Favre. And if Favre should opt to call it quits for good, a decision on his replacement isn't likely to be made until training camp at the earliest.

That said, McLane offers a look at the Eagles' most likely trade partners and whether McNabb might be willing to couple up with one of those teams.
-- Posted by Bob Kent, 12:50 p.m., March 26*

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