McNabb to Rams deal would alter draft board
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…If the report is true that the St. Louis Rams have offered the Philadelphia Eagles their second-round pick (No. 33 overall) for veteran quarterback Donovan McNabb, then the projected 2010 draft boards we’ve been constructing the last several weeks will be completely altered if this deal does indeed get done. The most intriguing aspect of the report from The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane on Wednesday afternoon is that McNabb would agree to the trade if a long-term extension from the Rams was included, according to McLane’s sources. While we often see trade rumors and even reports of discussions between teams prevalent throughout the offseason, this particular scenario — one that would reunite McNabb with his former quarterbacks coach and current Rams offensive coordinator Pat Shurmur — at least furthers my belief that McNabb somehow won’t be back in Philly next season. Despite the fact that Rams GM Billy Devaney shot down the speculation, let’s at least consider the ramifications of this potential deal.
If McNabb went to St. Louie, the Rams would obviously pass on Sam Bradford at No. 1, and the Lions and Buccaneers — who own the next two picks — would pass, as well, because of their current starters at QB, Matthew Stafford and Josh Freeman, respectively. That would free up the Redskins to take Bradford at No. 4. But in terms of the defensive tackles expected to go to the Lions and Buccaneers — Ndamukong Suh and Gerald McCoy — one of the two would almost assuredly go to the Rams with the first overall pick. With the Lions expected to take the one not drafted at No. 1, would the Buccaneers then take offensive tackle Russell Okung, who was expected to be on the Redskins radar if they passed on a signal caller that high? Could the ‘Skins pass on Bradford even if they felt offensive line was the bigger priority? It’s a story worth following, especially if the Rams included safety O.J. Atogwe in any deal with the Eagles.
…Seattle Mariners left fielder/designated hitter Milton Bradley is never one to spare any words once you get him going on a certain topic — usually his psychotic behavior on the field or the “he’s not really a bad guy” claims by some former teammates and managers. So it comes as no surprise that the seemingly always-disgruntled veteran big-leaguer was giving us more fodder to play with and adding to his hilarious legacy when he compared himself to another star with a bad-boy image. “If I was a musician, I'd be Kanye West. If I was in the NBA, I'd be Ron Artest,” the 31-year-old former nearly-every-team-in-the-major leagues veteran told Gregg Bell of The Associated Press. “In baseball, they've got Milton Bradley. I'm that guy. You need people like me, so you can point your finger and go, ‘There goes the bad guy.’” I have never really been a fan of Bradley’s martyrdom throughout his career. But when his former manager, Texas’ Ron Washington, went to bat for him multiple times the last few years, I gave him the benefit of the doubt. And then, of course, we saw how credible Washington was as a resource. But I have to say, I’m starting to dig Milton. He’s becoming one of my favorite players — a less annoying version of T.O. Keep doing your thing in Seattle buddy. Just don’t go Kanye on Junior Griffey if he’s on the microphone accepting an ALCS MVP trophy.
…Finally, reality “star” and plastic surgery guru Heidi Montag is reportedly beyond excited to begin filming with Jennifer Aniston on the upcoming film Just Go With It. The movie, which is being directed by Adam Sandler and shooting already, is supposed to elevate Montag to viable movie actress status, according to hubby Spencer Pratt. Pratt is also excited to get to know Aniston on set. “He plans to hang out on the set as much as possible and buddy up to Jen,” a source disclosed to OK! Magazine. And really, who could blame him? The guy remains quite the scumbag, but a lucky scumbag at that.
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