Donovan McKnabb is making the move from Philadelphia to Washington D.C.
ESPN.com reports that the Philadelphia Eagles traded their star quarterback to the Washington Redskins Sunday night in exchange for a pair of draft picks.
Donovan has spent much of his career with the Eagles, but he’s looking forward to suiting up with a new team. According to NFL insiders, he could have been traded to the Oakland Raiders or the Buffalo Bills, but the Redskins were his top choice.
"I’m really excited about my future with the Washington Redskins," Donovan said in a statement last night. "I’m eager to work with Coach [Mike] Shanahan. He’s been a very successful coach with a couple of Super Bowl victories on his resume. While it has been my goal to win a Super Bowl in Philadelphia, we came up short. I enjoyed my 11 years.”
This a huge move for Shanahan, who just took over as head coach for the Redskins in January. Washington had a disappointing season in 2009, so this trade may be just the boost the team needs to make a strong comeback in the upcoming season. And it seems as though he’ll receive a warm reception from his new gridiron gang.
"Welcome to our newest teammate to DC!" tweeted Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall. "Really excited about what Coach Shanahan and [general manager] Bruce Allen are doing to help us compete for a championship!"
According to the Washington Post, the Redskins will formally introduce their new recruit on Tuesday at noon.
— Sonya Eskride