Holmgren on Birds' asking price for McNabb

Browns president Mike Holmgren said the asking price for Donovan McNabb was too high for Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

A bit more intrigue involving the process of the Donovan McNabb trade:

Browns president Mike Holmgren told the Cleveland Plain Dealer that the Browns did not get seriously involved in trade talks for McNabb before signing Jake Delhomme because the Eagles' asking price was too high.

Holmgren said it was "absolutely higher" than what the Eagles got from Washington. "But it always is [in the early stages], and you're not sure it's going to change," Holmgren said. "But it was pretty high."

He declined to specify the price, but he did say when the Browns talked to the Eagles they made it known that all three quarterbacks -- McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick -- were available.

Holmgren said he is not disappointed that the price tag dropped and said he was "pumped" to have Delhomme on the roster.

He also said he is not big on trading a player within the division, adding he had not talked to his longtime friend Andy Reid since the deal was completed.

"Just as a general rule, I don't think it's ever a good deal to trade [with a division rival]," he said. "Clearly, Andy has such a great relationship with Donovan that it seemed to me that he did that because he cares for the kid and he wanted to do something for him. Now, Andy's nicer than I am."


During his appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show, Phillies shortstop Jimmy Rollins commented on more than Cliff Lee. After not wanting to talk much about Donovan McNabb on Monday, Rollins had this to say on the radio, courtesy of Sportsradiointerviews.com:

"Whew. Well, I like Donovan in an Eagles’ uniform. Obviously, when you go to a place you have three quarterbacks and you haven’t won a Super Bowl, everybody starts to get upset and someone has to go. In baseball, we always know it’s the manager. In football, I guess it’s easier to deal a quarterback.”


Been meaning to get to this for a while, but all the news has intervened.

Pro Football Focus, a great stats and analysis Web site, has analyzed drops by receivers from last season. The site has a formula and devised a figure it calls Drop Percentage.

For Eagles fans, the most interesting news is that Jason Avant was credited with no drops last season -- as in zero -- and had 41 receptions. He is one of only three players with no drops and a minimun of 30 balls that a receiver got his hands on. The others are Greg Camarillo from Miami with 51 receptions and Bobby Meachem of the Saints with 45.