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Quotable: Runyan, Johnson And Berry

A week following the blockbuster trade that saw the Eagles deal Donovan McNabb to the Redskins, reaction from former players and coaches continues to flow in.

In his Monday Morning Quarterback column,'s Peter King offered up an interesting pair of quotes - one from FOX studio analyst and former head coach Jimmy Johnson and one from former Eagles' offensive tackle Jon Runyan.

On the trade of McNabb from Philadelphia to Washington, Johnson said: "Going to Washington was the shocker to me. I think the Eagles are hurting themselves. Donovan makes the Redskins a better football team. They needed a player like that. But the Eagles run their team as a business. It's the New England approach -- 'Don't fall in love with the player.' I see why they did it. But I think Donovan's got a lot left and really improves the Redskins."

Asked why head coach Andy Reid would deal McNabb within the division, Runyan said on Sirius NFL Radio: "Coach Reid knows what Donovan's limitations are."

Added King: "To be fair, Runyan didn't say this as a shot at McNabb. He said it simply to acknowledge that any coach who would trade a quarterback to a rival he plays twice a year would certainly know how to attack that quarterback and be comfortable that the quarterback would have an Achilles heel the old team would be able to exploit. That is why the trade is so fascinating, even a week later."

And finally, we offer this McNabb trade-related quote, courtesy of Geoff Mosher of The Courier-Post.

Former University of Tennessee safety Eric Berry, a projected top-10 pick, had this to say on ESPN radio about his visit to the Eagles: "It did make me scratch my head, but obviously if they're bringing me in, that means they're interested. I don't know if they have something cooking up behind the scenes or what but I'll just be waiting till draft day and see where I end up."

-- Posted by Bob Kent, 10:25 a.m., April 12

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