You go off for Easter Sunday with the family and look what happens. The Eagles (and by extension the city of Philadelphia) sends their starting quarterback to the Redskins for a second this year and a conditional fourth-round pick that could turn into a third-rounder next season.
So now we're left to sift around the rubble to figure out trading Donovan McNabb to the Redskins helps or hurts the Giants.
Overall, and this is assuming that the now-rickety McNabb can stay healthy, I believe it hurts them. Despite the presence of DeSean Jackson on the Eagles' roster, the Redskins have a more accomplished receiving corps. And now they've got a real quarterback to get them the ball. Jason Campbell may have made progress last season, but even at his best he's nowhere near as dynamic when as the new guy when McNabb gets hot.
If you think guys like Santana Moss, tight end Chris Cooley, and up-and-comer Devin Thomas weren't celebrating the news, think again. They'll probably pick up a wide receiver in the draft, too.
Meanwhile, the Eagles will turn the page to begin the Kevin Kolb era in earnest. But Kolb has proven himself at least an able passer -- if he hadn't the Eagles wouldn't have made that move. And Michael Vick is still there for the role of running quarterback. So, again assuming McNabb can stay healthy, the Redskins are automatically better and the Eagles should remain about the same.
One more thing. The Redskins' running game is in tatters. However, McNabb is a heck of a lot more mobile than Campbell. He's not going to total a bunch of yards with his legs anymore, but he's still elusive enough to buy time for guys like Moss to get open downfield.
It was a bold move that immediately improved Washington on paper. All told, the road just got tougher, not easier, for the Giants.
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