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Defending McNabb; LT a fit for Eagles?

Rounding up some links: Would LaDainian Tomlinson be a good fit for the Eagles? And what do national media types think about the Birds' QB situation?

Defending McNabb; LT a fit for Eagles?

A few quick links to pass along:

* As you know by now, the Chargers have released LaDainian Tomlinson.

So the obvious question is: Where will he end up?

Tomlinson told SI.com's Jim Trotter he has a couple of requirements at this point in his career. He wants to be on a team that can contend, and a team that has a proven quarterback.

Would it be worth it for the Eagles to sign LaDainian Tomlinson?
Yes. He still has something left.
No. They wouldn’t use him in the running game anyway.

"I do know that I would have to go to a team that has a [proven] quarterback," Tomlinson said. "A place where you know you have a chance to win because of the quarterback."

Tomlinson did not mention specific teams, but Trotter listed the Eagles, Patriots and Packers in his report as teams that could potentially be fits.

Personally, I don't see how bringing Tomlinson aboard would make sense for the Birds. His yards per carry dipped to 3.3 last season, and he turns 31 in June. Have we heard anyone make the argument that he has anything left?

But if you wanted to make the case for such a move, it would have to involve them cutting Brian Westbrook and then bringing Tomlinson on board as a mentor for LeSean McCoy in a red-zone/backup role. He did score 12 touchdowns last season.

Again, I'm not really seeing it.

* Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com tells Eagles fans to relax. Donovan McNabb should be the QB in 2010:

McNabb deserves another year. Kolb can wait. And I think McNabb will get it, considering Reid has said as much twice already. Live with it, Eagles fans. Reid isn't going anywhere and McNabb will almost certainly be your quarterback next season. Is that really a bad thing? I can hear your responses from here: Eat #@&^X&, Prisco. That's why I love Eagles fans.

* Gwen Knapp of CBSSports.com would agree with Prisco, saying the Eagles would be foolish to deal McNabb:

The Eagles, however, have developed a near-fetish for shedding players as they head toward the periphery of their prime, and the patience-challenged Philadelphia fans don't know how good they have it with McNabb. They don't remember what it's like to dwell in quarterback purgatory, watching an Alex Smith, David Carr, Joey Harrington or JaMarcus Russell flounder for years. The Eagles already have the most important element of a successful team. They have a rock where at least a dozen clubs have a crater.

* Vic Carucci of NFL.com takes a look at how the Eagles' quarterback decisions could have a domino effect on the rest of the league:

It's hardly an exaggeration to say that how the Eagles address their Donovan McNabb/Kevin Kolb/Michael Vick quarterback glut is among the league's most anticipated decisions of the offseason. To what extent they do so is anyone's guess, but it's reasonable to assume that there will be movement of some kind. Such movement could quite possibly bring dramatic change to another team's fortunes while even affecting the competitive balance of one or more divisions.


 

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