Donovan McNabb is now a Redskin

If this trade happened Thursday (April Fools' Day) instead of today, nobody would have believed it.

Typically teams avoid trading their franchise quarterback to a (hated) division rival. (See Favre, Brett.)

But that's exactly what the Philadelphia Eagles have done by trading quarterback Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins.

Without question, the most-anticipated game of the 2010 season will be the return of McNabb to Philadelphia in a Redskins' jersey. As Shutdown Corner assumes, it will certainly be a prime-time game and a "hellacious scene."

In return for McNabb, the Eagles will receive the Redskins' second-round pick (37th overall) in 2010 in addition to a conditional third- or fourth-round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

Of course, the Redskins will make McNabb their starting quarterback over Jason Campbell, who threw for 3,618 yards and 20 touchdowns (both career-highs) last season.

Campbell, who has started 52 of the past 56 games, has started more games than any other Redskin quarterback since Mark Rypien (1989-1993), per Rick Maese of The Washington Post.

And during a press conference tonight, Eagles coach Andy Reid stated the obvious (via Pro Football Talk): "Obviously, we have a lot of confidence in Kevin Kolb to make this decision, and he will be the starting quarterback."

In 2009, McNabb, who missed two games, finished with a 16-game pace of 4,060 yards and 25 touchdowns. It seems unlikely that he will replicate that pace, as the Redskins quarterback, with a downgrade in offensive weapons.

In addition, I wouldn't expect Kolb, who will replace No. 5 under center, to put up the same pace that McNabb did last year. A season with 3,500 yards and 20 touchdowns seems reasonable with targets like DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek.

Meanwhile, Campbell's 2010 fantasy value could range from none (backs up McNabb) to below-average depending on destination. Most teams in the market for a quarterback (Rams, Raiders and Bills to name a few) lack playmakers in the passing game to provide Campbell an improvement in fantasy value from last year.

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