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NFL News and Analysis with Andrew Perloff

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  • 12:45 PM ET  05.14

 

 

I have a possible solution for Brett Favre's and Donovan McNabb's problems:  Exchange the two disgruntled quarterbacks for each other and make everyone happy.

 

Any idea that was once floated by Terrell Owens is usually bad, but this makes sense. Favre is staring at a 6-10 season and another 20 interceptions in Green Bay and would be thrilled to play for his old buddy Andy Reid. And the McNabb situation in Philadelphia is just going to get more complicated if the two parties can't negotiate a new contract soon.

 

The Eagles and Packers both have something to gain. Even though the quarterbacks retracted their original statements, they both openly ripped their teams' draft choices. That's not the tone leaders should be setting in today's NFL. It undermines management and can't help the pysches of the youner players. And moving forward, a trade could clear up a couple of significant problems.

 

On the surface, Philly would be crazy to trade a 30-year-old quarterback for a 37-year-old one. But the fiscally conservative Eagles would save themselves the hassle of possibly cutting McNabb as he becomes more expensive toward the tail end of his contract, which runs through 2010.

 

McNabb's health issues over the last five years make him a big financial risk. Not to rehash an old argument, but the Eagles QB is at his best when he moves the pocket. Last year McNabb was at his most brilliant in a 31-9 win over Green Bay, when he scrambled all over the place. After the game, McNabb said he returned to his "style of play." Problem is, that style gets him injured.

 

Of course Favre is not the QB he once was, but I think he would be much better under Reid than he is under Mike McCarthy in Green Bay. Favre could play a season or two in Philly, his contract would come off the books and Kevin Kolb could take over. And even at 37, Favre's more durable than McNabb.

 

The Packers would also be nervous about McNabb's contract, but there are few reasons they might like him. He's had great success against Green Bay recently, he knows the offense, he's from the Midwest and he would be a solid heir to the Favre throne.

 

The best part of a deal: the Eagles and Packers face each other in Week 1.

 

I get the feeling a few of you might disagree. Listen, I know logistically this deal is not going to happen, but I stand by the logic of my argument. You know where to find me if want to go head-to-head in a Throwdown.

 

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