Raiders Say No Talk Of McNabb

A report surfaced on ESPN Monday that said the Oakland Raiders were the likely winners of the Donovan McNabb sweepstakes.  According to Oakland Tribune, that’s news to the Raiders.

Two Raiders employees remain steadfast that the Raiders haven’t even spoken with the Eagles about McNabb, who is in the final year of his contract.

Also, Eagles coach Andy Reid said last week that he isn’t seeking to trade McNabb, just listening to offers.

Last week, Yahoo! Sports said the Raiders and Buffalo Bills were the front-runners for McNabb.  Somewhere along the line, the Bills fell by the wayside.  ESPN on Monday characterized the Raiders as the “leader” for McNabb’s services, according to unnamed league sources.

Those sources base their stance on the fact that the Raiders meet the criteria for a trade going down.

One, the Raiders aren’t scared off by the fact McNabb is due a $6.2 million roster bonus in May and $11.2 million overall next season.  Two, the Raiders aren’t concerned about McNabb entering the final year of his contract.

Also, the Raiders supposedly are willing to part with the level of compensation the Eagles are seeking.  Several reports say the Eagles want at least a high second-round draft pick.  The Raiders have one — No. 39 overall.

The ESPN report also made note of the Syracuse connection shared by McNabb and Raiders managing partner Al Davis, and McNabb being a distant cousin of Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson, for what it’s worth.

Last week, several reports surfaced about the Raiders dangling Pro Bowl cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha as part of the compensation for McNabb.

The two Raiders employees contacted about this story said Asomugha isn’t available for trade, and they scoffed at the mention by ESPN.

McNabb to Oakland does makes sense because they desperately need help at quarterback and certainly are never scared off by overpaying for any player.  With that being said, it’s silly to even suggest that Asomugha would be available to any team in any deal.  Even Al Davis isn’t stupid enough to trade away his best young player for an aging quarterback in the final year of his deal.

I think.

No matter how you feel about the Raiders or McNabb, it’s hard to argue that he would help them immensely.  This is a team that — largely due to their unsettled management/coaching situation — has lacked any sort of leadership and McNabb is a proven winner.

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