There were no OTAs Saturday for the Eagles, but Donovan McNabb, several teammates, and some Temple players were at NovaCare anyway, for the 7th All-Star Kids Clinic, sponsored by the Donovan McNabb Foundation. The foundation aims to help with diabetes awareness and to assist children.
The clinic featured 300 boys and girls ages 11-14, selected by local community groups and event sponsors.
Gov. Ed Rendell and Eagles coach Andy Reid made introductory remarks. (Rendell passed up the chance to critique Reid's play selection), as the foundation celebrated its 10th year. McNabb also was to host a party Saturday evening in Center City.
The quarterback answered questions from a group of local reporters for the first time since Super Bowl week, but understandably enough, his focus was the charity work.
Asked about the contract reworking that apparently is in the works, McNabb said: "That'll take care of itself, I think."
McNabb began the offseason stating he wanted reassurance from the front office and from Reid about where he stood going forward, in the wake of his benching for the second half of a Nov. 23 loss at Baltimore. The contract talks might be part of that reassurance, but as he prepares for the 2009 season, does McNabb feel he knows where he stands? Reid told Daily News reporters earlier in the week that it wasn't an issue between them.
"I'm standing here right here in front of you guys," McNabb joked. Looking down at his feet, he added, "I think I'm pretty balanced."
Pressed for a more serious answer, McNabb said: "The (comfort level) is the fact that I'm here with the kids. It's all about the kids, and the (players) that are here to support them."
Asked about Brian Westbrook's ankle surgery, which apparently will keep Westbrook out of the preseason, McNabb said: "I think Brian will be fine. Obviously, we want him to be healthy and ready to go (for the regular season), and I think he'll be able to do that."
McNabb was asked what it meant to him to hold his charity weekend in Philadelphia. He lives here during the season but his family is from Chicago and he spends his offseasons in Arizona.
"I want people to understand that I truly care about the people who support what I do," McNabb said. "I'm just giving back and showing support for them, as well."
Earlier, the Eagles announced they have agreed to terms on four-year contracts with three of their draft picks, fifth-round cornerback Macho Harris, fifth-round offensive tackle Fenuki Tupou and sixth-round wide receiver Brandon Gibson.
Here is some background on each player from the Eagles' press release:
A 2008 first-team All-America selection and a two-time first-team All-ACC honoree, Harris was a consistent playmaker at cornerback during his four-year career at Virginia Tech. He posted 15 interceptions for the Hokies, returning four for touchdowns, and also saw action as a returner and wide receiver.
A two-time All-Pac 10 selection as a left tackle at Oregon, Tupou twice garnered All-Mid Empire Conference honors at Sierra College from 2004-05, before transferring to Oregon in 2006.
Gibson finished his four-year career at Washington State as the school’s all-time leading receiver after registering 2,756 yards and 17 touchdowns on 182 receptions.
The Eagles return for the final four days of full-squad OTAs on Monday.