Internet Rumors are Flying

Philadelphia Eagles Donovan Mcnabb throws a pass in the first quarter against the New York Giants at Giants Stadium

For anyone who spent some time surfing the net and checking out sports sights today, you have probably already heard the rumors. For anyone who isn’t aware, a story was released in a Philadelphia news publication today that the Rams and Eagles are close to a deal that would send quarterback Donovan McNabb to St. Louis is exchange for the 33rd pick in this year’s draft as well as safety OJ Atogwe. Before you start freaking out like I did, keep in mind that several upper-level Rams execs including GM Billy Devaney have denied the rumor, and Devaney went so far as to say that the team hasn’t had conversations with Philly on any of their players. I know the Rams have a bit of a poor track record when it comes to personnel decisions, but they couldn’t possibly be considering this deal. First, the team is committed to rebuilding through the draft, and giving up what I believe is the most important pick in this draft for McNabb is not following that plan. Also, how could we even consider throwing in our best defensive player and one of our only bright, young stars in Atogwe. If the team wants to rebuild around a strong defense, Atogwe is the one guy we should make sure we build it around. He is a star in the making, and there is no reason OJ shouldn’t be roaming the secondary for years to come.

Atlanta Falcons vs St. Louis Rams pre-season football

Bringing in McNabb makes no sense, especially based on what it would take to get him. Why would we trade away picks to get a quarterback we can’t protect who is surrounded by little-to-no talent? This move would just set us back in the rebuilding process, and that is the last thing we need. The Rams aren’t ready to win next season, not even with McNabb at QB, but if we draft some impact players over the next year or two, we can get back to playoff contention. Nothing against the great Philly quarterback, but Donovan just isn’t a good for this team at this time.

Next Rams Game View full schedule »
Sunday, Sep 77 Sep12:00Minnesota VikingsBuy Tickets
Dick's Sporting Goods presents "Hell Week":

Tags: Billy Devaney Donovan McNabb O.J. Atogwe Philadelphia Eagles St. Louis Rams

  • Arkyramsfan

    Although the rumors have been proven to be just that-rumors (Atogwe hasn’t even signed his tender yet so there is no way the Rams could trade him even if they wanted.)
    Explain to me how the 2nd pick in THIS DRAFT is the most important, please.
    Also, if we did pull the trigger on the McNabb trade this would free us up to take Mr. Suh, the consensus BPA of this draft.
    That means we come out of the first two rounds with a proven QB and a monster D tackle.
    Not too bad if you ask me!


    • Justin Stine

      In response to your post, my opinion is that the second round pick is the make-or-break selection for the Rams in this draft for a few reasons. First, with the new draft format this year, there will be a full day for the team to shop that pick to try to entice someone to trade up to get a first round player who is still on the board. There is a ton of leverage here, and if we play our cards right we should either get a first round talent at 33 or get a stockpile of picks or a possible impact free agent. It will be nearly impossible to trade the #1 overall pick because of finances, so utilizing this pick to maximize the position is vital. Also, regardless of what happens down the road, we will be getting an excellent talent with the first overall pick no matter what. I’m not saying whoever we pick will automatically be a great player, but both Bradford and Suh are concensus top players this season.