McNabb Heading To NFL Network, Per Source

Donovan McNabb may be ready to give up any hope of returning to the NFL.

Liz Mullen of the SportsBusiness Journal first reported that McNabb is close to agreeing to a network job. A source close to McNabb tells Tim McManus that it looks like he will be doing a couple of shows for the NFL Network.

The former Eagles quarterback has been honing his television skills for years, appearing as a guest analyst on ESPN and other networks.

McNabb played six games with the Vikings last year, before being replaced by rookie Christian Ponder. It’s difficult to imagine things having gone much worse for the quarterback since the Eagles traded him on Easter Sunday in 2010. He spent one disastrous season with the Redskins and had his work ethic questioned at both stops.

The Eagles originally dealt McNabb to Washington for a second- and fourth-round pick. With the second-rounder, the Eagles selected safety Nate Allen. The swapped fourth-round picks with the Bucs and picked up an additional fourth-rounder. One of those picks turned into linebacker Casey Matthews. They used the additional fourth-rounder as part of the trade to acquire DeMeco Ryans from the Texans.

So, in all, the Eagles got Allen, Matthews and part of Ryans for McNabb.

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