Eagles coach Andy Reid finally acknowledged what everyone has known for weeks: his seven-time Pro Bowl quarterback, Donovan McNabb, is for sale.
Reid said the team is "entertaining offers" for all three of its quarterbacks — McNabb, backup Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. But a club source said McNabb and Vick are only two they are interested in getting rid of. Kolb then would become the team's starter.
Reid went public about his quarterbacks at the league meetings in Orlando, in an apparent attempt to drum up more interest in McNabb and Vick.
"We're evaluating (offers) and taking in the situation," Reid said. "There's no (offer) right now that I'd jump up and down about. But there has been some interest.
"We're just kind of gathering everything all up and we're going to take it back to Philadelphia — (club president) Joe (Banner), (general manager) Howie (Roseman) and myself. And then we'll see what happens."
While Reid said the Eagles are listening to offers for their quarterbacks, he declined to admit they were actually shopping them, even though the fact that they're encouraging offers is an indication that's exactly what they're doing.
"I wouldn't say they're on the market," he said. "I'd say I'm listening (to offers). I'm not saying I'm doing anything. I'm keeping my ears open. Which we do on every player. This is no different."
A club source said the Eagles are looking for a first-round pick for McNabb, but have yet to be offered one for the 33-year-old quarterback. His age isn't as big a problem as the fact that he has just one year left on his contract. He's due a $5 million roster bonus in early May. The Eagles initially had hoped to get a second- or third-round pick for Vick. But there has been so little interest that they'd be willing to take considerably less.
The Philadelphia Inquirer erroneously reported that the St. Louis Rams had offered the Eagles the first pick in the second round of next month's draft — the 33rd overall — and safety Oshiomogho Atogwe for McNabb.
That root of that report apparently was a comment Reid made at the NFC coaches breakfast in which he said he'd like to have the first pick in the second round under the draft's new three-day format, because he'd have a whole night to sleep on what he was going to do with that pick.
Reid insists it's still entirely possible all three of his quarterbacks will be back.
"We think we have a great situation with these three guys," he said. "That doesn't mean we're not entertaining calls or anything. But we feel very good about our quarterback situation. Very fortunate really.
"That's a pretty good situation for a coach to have three guys who all can start and win at a championship-caliber level. It doesn't get any better than that."
McNabb has pretty much ignored all of the reports. But after Reid acknowledged that the Eagles are listening to offers for him, McNabb issued this statement:
"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, Michael, the Eagles and any other teams involved. No matter what happens, I have already begun preparing to have an outstanding season in 2010."
No first-round offer for McNabb yet
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