McNabb Deal Could Affect Jags

The Philadelphia Eagles ended the Donovan McNabb era after 11 seasons and five NFC Championship game appearances as they dealt the five-time Pro Bowler to the Washington Redskins Sunday evening. What does this have to do with the Jaguars? Find out what our sources are telling us.

With the Eagles sending Donovan McNabb to division rival Washington, it obviously means that the Jaguars are no longer in the market for the veteran quarterback. It was speculated that the Jags did indeed discuss a McNabb deal, but the compensation was far less than what Philadelphia ended up receiving from the Redskins.

So now that the Eagles have finally moved on to the Kevin Kolb era, they appear to be poised to make some draft day moves. Philadelphia holds the 24th, 37th, 55th, 70th, 87th, 106th and 122nd picks through the first four rounds of next month's draft. This is certainly enough ammunition to move up in the draft, and Jacksonville is a perfect trading partner as they own the 10th overall selection.

On Friday afternoon, the Eagles dealt eight-year veteran corner Sheldon Brown to the Cleveland Browns (along with a few other principles) for third and fourth-round draft picks. This leaves an opening in the secondary and with the Browns acquiring the veteran (Sheldon) Brown, it is likely that they won't be a player for Florida cornerback Joe Haden who could be a target of Philadelphia's to play opposite three-time Pro Bowler Asante Samuel.

"If somebody needs a corner, I feel I could fill in that spot for them," Haden said. "Not just as being a cornerback, I can do a lot of other things. I can definitely do punts, I can do any kind of special teams. I was a gunner at Florida, I was a hold-up guy for Florida. Wherever they need someone, I can do it."

Another possible trade-up option for Philadelphia will be former University of Alabama inside linebacker Rolando McClain. Eagles middle linebacker Stewart Bradley missed all of last season with a torn ACL, and they will likely look to go younger and more talented at the position.

"I'm used to being the leader on defense as a Mike linebacker, the quarterback of the defense," McClain said. "The things I've done in college will carry over to the pros . We kind of talked about some of those things. It's something I'm used to it's because I've been doing it for three years."

Some more fallout from the McNabb trade which could affect the Jaguars will come in the draft, as it is now more than likely that the Washington Redskins will not be selecting Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen in the first round. Cleveland Browns newly appointed czar Mike Holmgren gave some discouraging remarks about the Irish signal caller as he claims that, "(he) wished he liked him more." Although this is certainly the season for subterfuge, it would appear as if the Browns will be taking a pass on Clausen.

Is Jimmy Clausen a franchise quarterback? Nobody knows for sure, but if the Buffalo Bills pass on him it seems pretty likely that the Jaguars will have the opportunity to find out.

The final piece of this blockbuster move that could affect the Jaguars is what the Redskins will now do with likely former starting quarterback Jason Campbell. Campbell is far from a sure thing, as he finished with a quarterback rating of 86.4 a year ago. The former first-round pick has had to deal with major instability as he's played for seven different offensive coordinators in his last eight seasons going back to Auburn.

It's very much unclear whether Campbell would be an upgrade over current Jaguars starting quarterback David Garrard, but Campbell is four years younger, would likely earn less than half of Garrard's salary, and he has a higher quarterback rating over the last two seasons despite playing with inferior offensive talent. Campbell is likely not a quarterback who can take a team to the promised land, but he's been more productive recently than the Jaguars incumbent starter while likely to earn less dollars.

This Donovan McNabb trade opens up many doors for both the Eagles and Redskins, and it could open up a few more for the team in Jacksonville.

Charlie Bernstein is the Editor-in-Chief of JagNation.com, a member of the Pro Football Writers of America, and also the co-host of CB Sports Radio on ESPN 1420 in St. Augustine, FL. You can contact him at charlie@jagnation.com or follow him on twitter @nflcharlie


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