NFC East Noise: McNabb to retire an Eagle

NFC East Noise: McNabb to retire an Eagle
May 15, 2013, 12:15 pm
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While the Redskins work to finalize their roster, much news is being made elsewhere in the NFC East.

Though it won’t impact the action on the field this fall, many Redskins fans will find it interesting that Donovan McNabb is finally announcing his retirement, doing so as a Philadelphia Eagle

McNabb experienced a lot of success in Philadelphia, culminating in a 24-21 Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots in 2005. McNabb left it all on the field in that game – really, all of it – but the Eagles came up just short.

When McNabb played at his best with the Eagles, the offense was a juggernaut and the team a perennial playoff contender. 

Traded later his career to the Redskins, McNabb experienced little success. In 13 games during the 2010 season, McNabb threw 14 touchdowns compared to 15 interceptions and was famously benched for backup Rex Grossman.

McNabb’s benching became a firestorm for the Skins, leading to a series of non-football related questions for coach Mike Shanahan. McNabb was later traded to the Minnesota Vikings, where he played in just six games in 2011.

It will be interesting at his retirement ceremony to see if Eagles fans will remember McNabb’s successes, or give him a similar treatment as they did on draft night in 1999, where the rookie out of Syracuse was relentlessly booed. 

Eagles look to Ex-Cowboy for RB help

The Eagles did make a move that could impact the season-opener against Redskins with the signing of former Dallas Cowboys running back Felix Jones.

Jones, a first round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft out of Arkansas, had an inconsistent career in Dallas. At times Jones showed his blazing speed, perhaps most famously against the Eagles in a 2010 playoff game.

In that game, Jones rushed for almost 150 yards on 16 carries, including a 73-yard touchdown run. But much of his time in Dallas resulted in little playing time, with many nagging injuries playing a part in Jones' reduced role.

Last season, Jones played in all 16 Cowboys games, but gained just 402 yards on 111 carries. 

In Philly, Jones will compete in a crowded backfield with incumbent starter LeSean McCoy and backup Bryce Brown. Brown played well last season in place of the injured McCoy, but Jones could find a role in Chip Kelly's up-tempo offense.  

The Eagles have little to lose with the Jones contract, a one-year minimum-salary benefit contract valued at an estimated $715,000.