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  • 11:46 AM ET  04.05

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Trading Donovan McNabb within the division might scare a lot of Eagles fans. It shouldn't. In honor of the number of Pro Bowl appearances McNabb has made in his career, here are six reasons why Philly got the best of the McNabb-to-Redskins deal. If you disagree, hit the "Comments" below …

1. McNabb was the wrong quarterback for the Eagles for some time. McNabb throws a beautiful long ball, but wasn't the right quarterback to run an offense that tries to control the game with short passes. Kevin Kolb doesn't have McNabb's arm, but he'll put star young receivers DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin in good position to make plays.

2. Kolb will throw for at least 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns this season. Those numbers may sound gaudy, but 10 quarterbacks threw for that many yards last season and a lot of them didn't play in systems that pass nearly as much as the Eagles. Kolb threw for 391 yards and 327 yards in his two starts last season and he'll be able to string together several 300-yard games.

3. McNabb got discouraged when things started going wrong. Just look at the last two games against Dallas. His offensive line fell apart, but McNabb didn't appear to do anything to help the morale of his teammates. Kolb acts more like Tom Brady and will try to rally the troops. Not many people know much about Kolb, but he has the intensely competitive personality you need to succeed at quarterback.

4. The No. 37 pick in this year's draft is gold. As Andy Reid mentioned in Sunday night's press conference, he has a night between the first and second round to either trade that pick for a No. 1 next season or take a high value player. This spot is particularly juicy before they institute a first-round rookie salary cap.

5. The Eagles were moving farther away from the Super Bowl with McNabb. They were 11-5 last season, but they beat up on a particularly weak schedule. They were 0-4 during the regular season against playoff teams and didn't show up in the postseason.

6. Philadelphia has an insurance policy in Michael Vick. Do you think they didn't see this scenario unfolding when they signed Vick last summer? Although that's another public nightmare on the horizon, when Vick mentions he wants to be the starter, he is a talented security blanket.

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