Sunday, August 30, 2015

A desert opening for McNabb?

With Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner expected to announce his retirement this afternoon, Donovan McNabb fielded questions about the man who twice beat the Eagles in an NFC championship game.

A desert opening for McNabb?

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Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb stretches during a practice for the Pro Bowl on Friday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb stretches during a practice for the Pro Bowl on Friday. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

With Arizona quarterback Kurt Warner expected to announce his retirement this afternoon, Donovan McNabb fielded questions about the man who twice beat the Eagles in an NFC championship game.

"Kurt and I have been friends pretty much since the year 2001 when we played in the NFC championship against each other," McNabb said. "We've communicated back and forth and I actually talked to him after his last game against New Orleans. I told him it has been a storybook career for him."

Of course, Warner's decision to retire enhances the McNabb offseason story.

Could the Eagles' longtime quarterback end up being traded to Arizona, the place where he keeps an offseason home.

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"Will you stop it," McNabb said when the subject was raised after the NFC's Pro Bowl practice this morning in Fort Lauderdale.

These things, of course, will not stop any time soon regardless of what Eagles coach Andy Reid said the day after the season.

"Everything is going to come up that involves me," McNabb said. "It seems like every offseason involves Brett Favre and Donovan McNabb, so we're going to hear about that the whole offseason. So get ready: Is Brett retiring? What's he going to do? And in Philly Donovan McNabb ... so get ready for that. But I don't get involved in all that."

McNabb wouldn't even acknowledge that if he is traded that he'd like to go to a team with a chance to win the Super Bowl. Minnesota and Arizona would both seem to have a chance to do so with McNabb.

"We can win in Philly," McNabb said. "There's a place I want to be. It's the NovaCare Center. That's in Philadelphia. One NovaCare Way, where the Eagles practice and then they eat cafeteria food and they watch film and we eat and we have fun."

McNabb also talked about the Eagles' decision to name Howie Roseman the general manager and the changes in the scouting department since the departure of former GM Tom Heckert.

"One thing people fail to realize is that Andy makes the decision over there," McNabb said. "With Howie stepping in, it's going to be the same pace and the same beat. With Andy and Joe and Howie now and everyone else in the scouting department, it's still going to flow as well as it did." 

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