McNabb to Chiefs? … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs


The current rumors about the future employer of QB Donovan McNabb remained just that after the close of business in the NFL on Tuesday.

Over the last week, just about every team in the league with the exception of the Chiefs has been linked to a trade for the Philadelphia quarterback. Don’t fall for any April Fool’s Day jokes on Thursday about McNabb heading for Arrowhead. But don’t be surprised if somebody reports it as fact.

I’m not quite sure there’s anything we can completely believe in this soap opera. It has not played out behind the NFL scenes, but in the media that cover the Eagles and the NFL. There have been so many contradictory reports on McNabb, the Eagles and where he might play in 2010; it’s a real indictment of the willingness of the media to be manipulated by forces that make being first with the news more important than being right.

A week ago, there were stories written in Philadelphia that a deal was all but finalized between the Eagles and St. Louis Rams for McNabb. There were no sources named for that nugget, but Rams GM Billy Devaney did go on the record and declare the rumor “nonsense.”

In fact through it all, there are only three people willing to stand by their comments with use of their names: Devaney, Eagles coach Andy Reid and McNabb himself, although his comments came from the printed word rather than spoken.

Call it a giant mess of rumor, innuendo and sometimes sheer fantasy. When you wade through the pond and the scum that sits on top of the water in this situation, there’s really very little that is real.

See if you can follow along with me on just the quote-unquote news that’s been reported on television, radio, Internet, Twitter and the good old-fashion fish wrap of the Philadelphia newspapers. Let’s go with what’s happened in the last eight days.


On Tuesday, March 23, Reid told the Philadelphia Inquirer: “People are entertaining us with offers. Nothing’s been done, but we’re evaluating all of them. That’s the truth. There’s not a lot really going on other than entertaining.”

On Wednesday, March 24, Charles Robinson of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Bills and Raiders have contacted the Eagles. A few moments later, Jason La Canfora of the NFL Network reported that league sources had Oakland, Buffalo and Arizona as the teams seriously chasing McNabb. He also said that sources close to McNabb said the quarterback had no interest in going to the Bills or Raiders.

The Inquirer reported at mid-day on March 24 that a deal was on the table and imminent between the Eagles and St. Louis Rams. Supposedly the Rams had offered their second-round draft choice – the first pick of the round – and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe in a deal for McNabb.

But Rams GM Billy Devaney told the St. Louis Post-Dispatch later that afternoon: “It’s utterly ridiculous. I haven’t talked to Philadelphia about any of their players.” After that comment was reported, the Inquirer came back and using supposedly “another source close to the situation” reported that the teams were still working on the deal and it was not yet complete.

Also on Wednesday, McNabb himself posted a comment on his website about the situation: “My position hasn’t changed. I’ve said all along that I would like to win a Super Bowl and finish my career in Philadelphia. I understand the situation well and just hope whichever direction the Eagles decide to go in, they do it quickly. I think that would be best for me, Kevin (Kolb), Michael (Vick), the Eagles, and any other teams involved. No matter what happens, I’ve already begun preparing to have an outstanding season in 2010.”

On Thursday, March 25 the Arizona Cardinals website reported this about the team’s interest in McNabb: “General Manager Rod Graves just told me in an e-mail the Cardinals have “no interest” in a McNabb trade. No interest.” Later that same day, the Associated Press out of Philadelphia reported: “A person familiar with trade discussions involving McNabb told the Associated Press the Philadelphia Eagles will only consider a deal for the six-time Pro Bowl quarterback if it includes a pick among the top 42 in next month’s NFL Draft.”

The Inquirer was back at it on Friday, March 26 when it reported the Vikings would be McNabb’s first choice, “according to sources close to the situation.” Adam Schefter of ESPN tweeted – you knew Twitter was going to come into play someplace – that Donovan McNabb spoke to Andy Reid on Thursday to tell him of his preference to spend this year with Philadelphia, not Oakland or Buffalo.”

The Philadelphia Daily News reported on Friday that McNabb’s agent Fletcher Smith said there had been no conversations with the team about what teams McNabb wanted to be traded to. “If we get to that bridge, we’ll have to cross it,” Smith said. Also someone identified as “a McNabb spokesman” said that McNabb and Reid frequently send text messages to each other, but that they had not texted or spoken on the subject of a potential trade and what teams he was interested in joining.

Also on Friday came another tweet, this one from Schefter, but he was reporting the work of ESPN colleague Len Pasquarelli “reports Oakland is willing to part with CB Nnamdi Asomugha in exchange for Donovan McNabb – but Eagles reluctant.” Robinson of Yahoo! Sports was heard from here, quoting sources “extremely close” to Asomugha that the Raiders cornerback was not part of the trade.

There were a few days of quiet last weekend, but then on Monday, March 29, ESPN‘s Schefter reported that league sources told him the Raiders had emerged as the leading candidate to get McNabb. Schefter quoted sources as saying the Raiders had been the team most willing to meet the Eagles asking price. He also reported the Syracuse connection shared by McNabb and Raiders managing partner Al Davis. Given the fact that McNabb is 31 and Davis 80, I doubt they shared any classes or shared a bunk in the same dorm. Schefter also reported that McNabb was a distant cousin of new Raiders offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.

On Tuesday, March 30, Sal Paolantonio of ESPN contradicted his teammate Schefter’s report, quoting an unnamed Eagles official saying: “There is no so-called front-runner. We continue to engage in conversations with multiple teams that initially contacted us. Some of the offers involve draft picks, some involve a player, and some involve many players. We are evaluating the offers. But if some team had totally blown us away, we would probably have made a deal already.”

Also on Tuesday, the Oakland Tribune reported that a pair of Raiders sources –without names obviously – said there was no truth that Oakland was chasing McNabb and that club officials had not talked to the Eagles about a potential deal of any kind.


OK, so what do we know for sure? The Eagles have and are listening to trade offers for their three quarterbacks. The Rams have not talked to Philly about McNabb, and the quarterback wants to stay in Philadelphia. There, that’s the whole story wrapped up in two sentences with named attribution.

When the smoke clears on the situation with McNabb, hopefully some of these media types are going to be able to say they were right in their reporting. Many are going to look silly because they were so wrong.

As a general rule I don’t think folks in the media purposely make up information and try to pass it off as news. But I do believe that people in my business are too quick to grab information and run with it on the air, in print or on the web without attribution. It opens the door for the message to be manipulated by forces involved in the event.

Unfortunately, the current attitude of professional sports is responsible for a good bit of this situation. The secrecy that some teams try to shroud their organizations with goes beyond common sense. It doesn’t change the willingness of their employees to gossip and sometimes those nuggets of information are the only road map the media – and thus the fans – have about the franchise.

That’s what makes this whole situation with Donovan McNabb so remarkable – very little of this would have dominated the NFL news cycle had Reid not said last week that the team was evaluating offers for its quarterbacks. There had to be an ulterior motive for the Eagles coach making his public comments, because Reid is one of the NFL’s best at speaking without saying anything. He’s notorious in Philadelphia for keeping his cards so close to his chest that at the end of every season they have to be surgically removed. Ordinarily he makes Chiefs GM Scott Pioli seem like a chatterbox.

Obviously Reid had a reason to open his mouth. Whether he understood the avalanche it would cause who knows? Reid isn’t talking anymore.

But everybody else is, even if they aren’t sure what they are talking about.


Although he’s been on site working for some time now, the Chiefs did not announce until Tuesday that Adam Zimmer is part of Todd Haley’s coaching staff for the 2010 season.

The 26-year old Zimmer joins the Chiefs in a role with a title similar to what he did for four seasons with the New Orleans Saints: defensive assistant/assistant linebackers coach. Zimmer joined the Saints in 2006, after completing his playing career at Trinity University in Texas where he was a defensive back. Zimmer will pickup a Super Bowl ring as a result of the Saints victory over Indianapolis back in February.

His father is Mike Zimmer, the defensive coordinator of the Cincinnati Bengals.


  • EAGLES – RFAs CB Ellis Hobbs and LB Chris Gocong signed tender offers.
  • RAIDERS – RFA S Hiram Eugene signed tender offer.
  • RAMS – RFA DE Victor Adeyanju signed tender offer.
  • TEXANS – RFA LB DeMeco Ryans signed 6-year, $48 million contract with $21.75 million in guaranteed money and $26.3 million over the first three years.
  • TITANS – signed CB Tye Hill (Falcons).
  • VIKINGS – signed DE Mike Montgomery.

17 Responses to “McNabb to Chiefs? … Wednesday Cup O’Chiefs”

  • March 31, 2010  - MenInRed says:

    Should be titled “The Rumor Mill” and I would only care if he really did go to the Raiders, other wise it was a waste of my time reading this.

    I would like to know more about this from NFL.COM:

    (A source told’s Frank Tadych that Berry also will visit with the Cleveland Browns on April 7. According to Tadych’s source, Berry visited with the Chiefs on Tuesday, then is scheduled to see the Redskins (Wednesday), Eagles (April 6) and Bucs (April 11).)

    Any word about Berry being here yesterday?

    Go Chiefs!!!

  • March 31, 2010  - Larry says:

    You don’t suppose that the NFL has learned to manipulate the media in an effort to maintain the year-round fan fever for football? With the whole Favre thing the last few years, pro-football remained front page news even when other sports were in full swing. Favre has lost some of his intrigue, especially after he cashed in on it. Why not dangle another big name out there in the off-season to keep fans pumped up? As long as the player and the team know the score and keep their mouths shut, the media will do the rest. It sounds so, so cynical but then again, I’ve become a cynic.

  • March 31, 2010  - el cid says:

    Anyone in KC interested in McNabb? Only have to anwer one question. Why? Pioli’s last draft was for players who will (hopefully) be ready in 2-3 years, he builds for the future not the present. Heck, Cassel may not be here by the time this team is dominate. Would it not be a proud moment when Niswanger does his backing up trying to block move and steps on McNabbs foot ending the QBs season? Just a waste of type.

  • March 31, 2010  - Lenny says:

    Last night (March 30th) Jamie Dukes on NFL Network had a list of teams that McNabb could go to and the Chiefs were one of them. It did make me wonder what the heck he was talking about.

  • March 31, 2010  - Mad Chief says:


    All I heard was the same as you…that Berry was “scheduled” to visit yesterday. Didn’t hear anything beyond that.

    If I was Minnesota, I’d try like hell to trade for McNabb…and kick Brett “I can’t make up my mind if I want to retire” Favre to the curb. Not that I really care…but if I’m the Vikings, I take the sure thing. Telling Favre “we don’t want you” would be the ultimate justice. Just my thoughts.

    Someone answer me this…what did Kolb do exactly to make Philly think he’s a better option at QB than McNabb, anyway? Besides wipe out the Chiefs last year? Like that was some huge accomplishment. I have a feeling that the Eagles are going to be sorry they let McNabb go. Maybe not in the long run. But, I bet they regret it this year. New starting QB’s almost always struggle their first year. Coming off the bench and having a good game or two is a whole different thing than starting every game of the year. But then again, I don’t really like the Eagles…so I really don’t care.

  • March 31, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    Like I said the other day. To me all this is kinda stupid. A year ago they were saying how they need to get more talent around him and they could win the superbowl,(recievers that is), now they may trade him and start over at that position.

    What a waste, you almost get your pieces in place, than you destroy the core of it and trade the person you centered it around. ID expect something that stupid to come from the Chiefs. haha, jk!!

  • March 31, 2010  - PBNKC says:

    “Last night (March 30th) Jamie Dukes on NFL Network had a list of teams that McNabb could go to and the Chiefs were one of them. It did make me wonder what the heck he was talking about”

    Heard the same thing, Jamie Dukes had no explanation other than “maybe the Chiefs aren’t sold on Cassel”. The dude has no idea what he’s taling about, I I watch NFL Network every day and he just shoots garbage out of his mouth consistantly!!

  • March 31, 2010  - Mad Chief says:

    Well, I’m not sure the Chiefs ARE “sold on Cassel”. But there’s no way we get McNabb. No way. I fully expect Pioli to take a QB in the mid rounds of the draft…and give Cassel another year to show what he’s got. But for all the “we’re married to Cassel forever” crowd…his contract will allow us to dump him for next-to-nothing after the end of this season. So if he has another below average year…I firmly believe he’ll be outta’ here.

  • March 31, 2010  - Alfonso says:

    I would be more then happy to trade the 2nd round pick for McNabb. Better Deep Ball better Accuracy over Cassel. Better field Mgmt. With McNabb you have a better chance to win in the short term. meanwhile, Chiefs Draft another QB in the 3rd round that can be sitting behind Croyle and then eventually overtaking him for the number 2 spot. by this time, McNabb wheels fall off, we will have a solid number 2 guy in place to keep the team competitive.
    With Cassel, he could still not develop to a pro-bowl caliber signal caller we need, and then we will have wasted couple seasons. A good QB makes everyone else better. Waiting around for Cassel to become that QB, could inflict more harm then good in the overall long term process. McNabb would be a bridge to the future while not sacrificing the present.

  • March 31, 2010  - Mad Chief says:


    If we tied up two of our first 4 draft picks in the QB position this year…we’ll be 4-12 again. Or worse.

    I’d say we have a better chance at signing T.O., than we do of trading for McNabb. Trust me, neither one is going to happen.

  • March 31, 2010  - RatsoReily says:

    This falls into the catergory of any publicity is good …. whether it’s true is highly doubtful. I think Adam Schefter uses any rumor he hears to make it appear like he has inside info … he just doesn’t deal in facts and I wonder when people are going to get tired of his BS. He has zero credibility and zero integrity.

  • March 31, 2010  - PBNKC says:

    I’m not sold on Cassel either, but picking up McNabb would be a waste of time and money (we’re just not close enough to making a run for the SB to do so), for that matter pickup a QB in the second or third round to put some heat on Cassel and if he doesn’t pan out we have a backup plan. Hell if their not sold on Cassel at all I wouldn’t be suprised to see us try to trade back and pickup Clausen?

  • March 31, 2010  - el cid says:

    Could this be a “boy it is quiet” kind of article. McNabb is not what Pioli is looking for at any level, heck, he does not like Brodie and he is already on the roster. it is just something to talk about but not much.

  • March 31, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    Im not going to set here and say Cassel is a better qb than mcnabb, but come on people, Peyton Manning wouldnt have got us a 500 record last year. Our o-line sucked and our defense was terrible. we had new coachs, schemes, recievers, linemen ect ect ect. We played much better as a team in the second half of the season, well offense any way, I just dont see how Mcnabb could have came in here just like Cassel did and made THAT much of a difference.

    AND you all said Cassel was good in New England because of the team he was on, WHY is that not the same thing with MCnabb and the Eagles???????

  • March 31, 2010  - Mad Chief says:


    After seeing Cassel every game he played last season (I didn’t see the games he played in NE), I have a feeling that his flaws were the same…but were covered up a lot more by a good team. He holds onto the ball too long…and many of his passes are off the mark. He’s going to have to solve those two problems to be successful. He made some poor decisions, too. But, I can let that slide for a 2nd year starter. Better decision making will come from experience.

    So can Cassel improve? Of course. Will he? I guess we’ll see. Because like I said above, I think if he plays like he did last year…he’s gone. He may be Pioli’s “guy” and all, but the way the contract is written…he basically had two years to prove himself. Which was a damn smart move by Pioli.

  • March 31, 2010  - gorillafan says:

    now i dont have any numbers, but it seems like mcnabb, which has a better line, takes alot of sacks himself. And I agree with ya MAD Chief, he must improve now, and Pioli could be a mastermind if he is a bust and we get out from under him in his contract. Either way, I think Cassel will do a better job and so will this team, and hopefully by the end of this season we wont even be talking about this again. But honestly, i would rather have Cassel than alot of other teams……AH the DONKEYS and FAIDERS come to mind…..

  • March 31, 2010  - arrowhead1978 says:

    Well for one McNabb still can get out of the pocket better then Cassel can, McNabb still has a lot more Field general then Cassel does, McNabb has a 2.16:1 TD to Int ration. If the chiefs were able to grab McNabb I would personally feel the offense would be better. McNabb definately does make desean Jackson, Brent Celek, Lesean McCoy better by being in the huddle. I think he could make Bowe, Chambers and Charles all better on top of making the O-line look alot better by being able to get out of traffic, which is one thing he did do for the eagles O-line last year, because they were not good at all.

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