Dawkins says Eagles made mistake trading McNabb

Brian Dawkins ought to know just about exactly how Donovan McNabb feels.

He ought to be able to relate to what it’s like to have the same longtime employer – the Philadelphia Eagles – give up on the longtime quarterback. That is essentially what the team did on Sunday when McNabb was shipped off to the NFC East rival Washington Redskins for a second-round draft pick and a conditional choice in the 2011 draft.

Dawkins departed a year earlier when he made his way to the Denver Broncos. And Dawkins still has an excellent feel for what is going on in Philadelphia, so he was well qualified to answer the question when Ross Tucker asked him in the Eagles made a mistake in trading McNabb earlier today on Sirius NFL Radio.

“You know what? For me, I would say yes,” Dawkins said, according to NFL.com. “Let me preface this by saying this: You finally get Donovan the weapons that he’s been asking for, and the fans have been asking for, for many, many years. You finally get D-Jack (DeSean Jackson) outside. (Jeremy) Maclin’s doing a great job. (Brent) Celek has blossomed into one of the best tight ends in the game. You have Jason Avant to move the chains, a physical inside slot guy. So you’re finally getting those things in place and then you trade a guy who is playing at a high level still. That’s what I don’t understand.

“If you tell me that Donovan has been slipping, he’s not been playing that Pro Bowl-type ball or that MVP-type ball on a consistent basis. Now, I’m not talking about slipping up every once in a while, or not having good games every once in a while, I’m talking about on a consistent basis playing high-caliber football, which he’s still doing, then I could see that. But not this. Not this when you have all those weapons in place and now you don’t allow him to grow with those weapons and have those weapons grow with him so that they can see if this is the mix that could finally get Philadelphia that championship.”

For the Eagles, it’s not going to be so much about how McNabb performs for the Redskins as it is how Kevin Kolb performs as his replacement. The front office and coach Andy Reid look mighty staked to the future of Kolb right now.

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