During an appearance on 97.5 The Fanatic in Philadelphia, ESPN's Sal Paolantonio suggests that despite Philadelphia Eagles head coach Andy Reid's assertions that Donovan McNabb is his starting quarterback, Reid plans on trading the veteran this off-season.
Paolantonio added that the Seattle Seahawks are interested in acquiring McNabb or Kevin Kolb, and have been calling the Eagles "non-stop".
Paolantonio says that Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll "wants to come out winning" in his first season in Seattle, and Paolantonio mentioned all the free agents they've been signing, and how they were entertaining Denver Broncos restricted free agent Brandon Marshall.
As of this moment, the Seahawks have yet to sign a single free agent, and Marshall left Seattle without an offer sheet on Sunday night.
When asked if the interest in McNabb and Kolb were a case of Carroll not being a fan of current starting quarterback Matt Hasselbeck, Paolantonio said Hasselbeck has a "dodgy back" and can't stay on the field.
Hasselbeck did miss 9 games in 2008 with a back injury, but returned to start 14 of 16 games in 2009. The two games Hasselbeck missed were due to a broken rib, which occurred on a goal-line that was nearly identical to a play where McNabb broke a rib a week earlier.
Like Hasselbeck, McNabb missed two games.
If the Seahawks were going to move away from Hasselbeck--which remains a possibility--it would presumably be towards a younger quarterback, ideally in the draft, though a trade for a young arm like Kolb isn't beyond the realm of possibility.
Hasselbeck and McNabb are essentially the same age (Hasselbeck is 10 months older) and they're both entering the final year of their contracts, so in a number of ways, acquiring McNabb would be a lateral move for the Seahawks.
Except when it comes to finances.
Hasselbeck has a $1M roster bonus (due 3/11) and a $5.75 million dollar base salary for 2010. Total compensation: $6.75M.
Meanwhile, McNabb has a $6.2M roster bonus (due 5/5) and a $5 million dollar base salary in 2010, as well as a $31,250 roster bonus for each game he's on the 45-man active roster ($500K max.). Total possible compensation: $11.7M.
If the Seahawks do plan to replace Hasselbeck with McNabb for the 2010 season, they'll be spending nearly $13 million dollars (Hasselbeck's bonus + McNabb's compensation) of Paul Allen's money to acquire a slightly younger quarterback, who has one less Pro Bowl appearance in the last five seasons and has led his team to the same number of Super Bowls than the very popular quarterback he's replacing, to lead a team that has gone 9-23 over the last 32 games for one season.
Personally, I like Donovan McNabb a lot. He's a likable guy, is a solid quarterback, and I think he gets a very bad rap from the Eagles fanbase. But when you say that last paragraph out loud, replacing Hasselbeck with him doesn't make much sense.
And for the record, Kolb has a $550,000 base salary in 2010, the final year of his rookie contract.
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