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Schefter: Eagles Keep Redskins From QB Bradford?

Well, here's an argument for those who still can't believe that the Eagles traded the best quarterback in franchise history to a division rival about 150 miles south of Philadelphia.

ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted that in talking with executives around the league, the belief is that the Eagles sent Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins to prevent them from drafting Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford.

"Eagles did not want to see a Sam Bradford/Mike Shanahan union," Schefter wrote. "By trading them McNabb, Redskins don't have ammo to trade up to No. 1 anymore."

Bradford is the consensus No. 1 quarterback available in this year's draft and most experts believe he will be drafted No. 1 overall by the St. Louis Rams. The Redskins, who own the No. 4 overall selection, could have packaged their first and second-round picks to move to No. 1. The Eagles now own Washington's second-round selection.

All in all, it's arguably a silver lining. You could say it'd be nice to see the Redskins working with a rookie quarterback for a year or two, but pay down the road. Of course, the flip side is you'll have to face the more ready quarterback now in McNabb this year.

But if Sports Illustrated's Peter King is correct, the Eagles had offers on the table from two other teams. Both teams, King assumed Oakland and Buffalo, offered a second-round pick. Washington's second-round pick (No. 37) is better than Oakland's (No. 39) and Buffalo's (No. 41) which could be why Andy Reid said over and over again that this deal was the best for all parties involved.

-- Posted by Chris McPherson, 12:52 p.m., April 8

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