Posted on: March 26, 2010 12:05 pm
Ever since coach Andy Reid let slip at the annual owners' meeting that the Eagles are now "entertaining offers" for their QBs -- a virtual about-face from their stance after exiting the playoffs -- rumors and speculation have flown left and right.
While Reid's comment seemed to apply to all three of his QBs, starter Donovan McNabb is the hot property, and possibly the guy most likely to be dealt by the Eagles since he is due to be paid a $6 million roster bonus in six weeks.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that McNabb's personal top choice would be a trade to the Vikings, who are dealing with their own QB drama in the "will he or won't he" retirement saga of Brett Favre .
McNabb would reportedly dread going to either the Bills or Raiders, according to the Buffalo News .
The San Francisco Chronicle maintains that McNabb coming to Oakland in a trade that could involve the similarly high-paid CB Nnamdi Asomugha moving to Philly might make sense on the surface, but is probably unlikely to happen .
Meanwhile, in St. Louis, a rumor spread on Thursday that the Eagles had agreed to send McNabb to the Rams in exchange for FS Oshiomogho Atogwe and the 33rd overall pick in this year's draft. That rumor seemingly died a fast death when Eagles GM Billy Devaney called it "utterly ridiculous," according to the Camden Courier-Post .
Posted on: March 22, 2010 12:11 pm
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reports that Browns president Mike Holmgren has decided to draft a quarterback in the 2010 NFL Draft, and annouced his intentions publicly at the Annual Meeting on Sunday.
While the Browns have been busy overhauling that position recently -- sending Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson packing, while acquiring Jake Delhomme and Seneca Wallace -- Holmgren says the draft is a chance to find their potential leader of the future and get him into the system early.
"It's just something we have to do," Holmgren said as quoted by the Plain Dealer . "Why wait? I'm 61. I don't want to wait for anyone. We're going to have to do this."
"I think Jake will make us better right away. But we have to find the next guy. That's what we have to do."
Holmgren noted that the Browns have needs in many areas, so it would be difficult to justify using one of the Browns' first two picks on a QB unless there was a particularly attractive prospect up for grabs. He's not fond of Jimmy Clausen ("I wish I liked him more"), and while he didn't rule out trading up in an attempt to land Sam Bradford , he acknowledged it was not a realistic scenario.
Holmgren is said to like Florida QB Tim Tebow , and has already invited him to visit the team.
Posted on: March 22, 2010 11:59 am
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that despite coach Mike Tomlin 's comment on Sunday that he is "highly concerned for our franchise and for Ben personally," the Steelers will not react to QB Ben Roethlisberger 's legal troubles by targeting a quarterback in the draft.
Roethlisberger is currently accused of committing sexual assault in two different states within the past year. While he may or may not be charged in the most recent case in Georgia, the story cited a league source as saying Roethlisberger could be asked to undergo a "clinical evaluation" even if he's not charged.
Additionally, the league can choose to discipline Roethlisberger simlpy for being charged with a crime, regardless of the outcome of the case.
The Steelers' choice to avoid QBs in the draft could be indicative of their faith in backups Charlie Batch (whom they reportedly are looking to re-sign) and Dennis Dixon .
Posted on: February 12, 2010 11:48 am
The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports that Bills head coach Chan Gailey acknowledges that the Bills need to take a close look at their quarterback situation and get the best possible player for that spot.
At a media session on Thursday, Gailey remarked that the NFL is now a QB-driven league, and the Bills must respond to that trend.
"It hasn't always been that way," Gailey said in the report, "but it seems to have become more so in the last decade. You have to have a quality player there."
He declined to say whether the answer is to replace current Bills QBs Trent Edwards , Ryan Fitzpatrick , both or neither. He also wouldn't commit to scoping out the draft for a QB prospect or playing the free agency market, although all options appear to be on the table.
"I think that decision will play out once you get a complete evaluation of the guys in the draft, a complete evaluation of the guys you've got, and a complete evaluation of the guys out there available in free agency or on the trading block," he said. "It's too early for me to say."