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Contract extension will be the key to McNabb staying put in Philly

With Eagles coach Andy Reid and quarterback Donovan McNabb saying all the right things in the aftermath of yet another failed quest to win the Super Bowl, actions will speak much more loudly than words when it comes to the question of whether McNabb will return as the starter next year.

If/when McNabb extends his contract beyond the 2010 season, we’ll believe that he’ll be back.

Until then, we’ll suspect that the Eagles are feigning interest in bringing McNabb back in order to operate from a position of strength if/when someone calls about a trade for McNabb.

And there could be many potential suitors.

If Kurt Warner retires, Arizona could be interested. If Brett Favre retires (and if it sticks), the Vikings could be interested.

The Browns could be interested.

The 49ers could be interested.

The Seahawks could be interested.

The Broncos could be interested.

McNabb will have fairly significant say in this regard; he’ll have to want to play for the new team, and the new team will have to be willing to give him an acceptable contract extension.

So stay tuned on this one. Kevin Kolb showed enough in spot duty to warrant a shot at becoming the every-week starter, and it the Eagles decide to take that chance they could be trading both Mike Vick and McNabb in the same offseason.