Jaworski Weighs In On McNabb Trade

Jaworski Weighs In On McNabb Trade

Tuesday, May 11, 2010, 10:40 a.m.CSNwashington.comJaws Weighs In
ESPN analyst and former Eagles quarterback Ron Jaworski has weighed in on Philadelphias decision to trade Donovan McNabb in general and to an NFC East rival in particular.Jaws conclusion: Trading McNabb was fine. Trading McNabb to the Redskins was not fine.I thought it was time, Jaws told the Atlantic City Press. But there is no way I would have traded him to a team in the same division.If I was making the trade, I would have shipped him to Oakland, St. Louis, Buffalo or any of the other teams that were interested. Not the Redskins.Jaworski went on to add that the Eagles consecutive losses at Dallas to end the season triggered an end to the McNabb Era and said 2010 could be a transition year for Philadelphia because of its youth.Mocking The NBA DraftThe NBA lottery isnt for another week but the mock draft is in full gear. The Wizards obviously hope to get some luck and move into the top two so they can select John Wall or Evan Turner, but if theyre stuck at No. 5, the projections have them selecting Kentuckys DeMarcus Cousins or Wake Forests Al Farouq-Aminu.The Hoop Doctors who obviously need some editing and spell-check help -- compare Farouq-Aminu to Atlantas Josh Smith.Needs to improve jump shot and get stronger, but at only 19 years old is an intriguing prospect.Hokies Now A ContenderBaltimores Malcolm Delaney made the right decision to withdraw from the NBA draft and return to Virginia Tech. And although the Hokies didnt make the last two NCAA tournaments, his presence make Seth Greenbergs team markedly better next year.Veteran ACC bard and former colleague David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press puts the Hokies second behind Duke.Somethings wrong if the Hokies endure another nervous Selection Sunday, Teel writes. Delaneys exit from the NBA draft makes them the only program to retain their top 10 scorers from last season.Teel has Maryland fifth in his rankings behind Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia Tech.Best Web Offer Ever
Imagine going on-line two hours after a Redskins game to see how Mike Shanahan graded Donovan McNabb and Albert Haynesworth? Or how Bruce Boudreau thought Alexander Semin played during another goal-less playoff game?It wont ever happen in Washington but it will happen in England during the World Cup.England national team coach Fabio Capello, making around 9 million U.S. per year, has engaged in a partnership with a gambling company that will have him grade his players.Fabio Capello is exploiting his position as England boss to plug an online World Cup cash game, Shaun Custis of the London Sun writes. Incredibly, the Three Lions chief has created a rating system that will give a mark to all his players just two hours after each World Cup match.Subcription rates run from 45-199 U.S.

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Vernon Davis urges Redskins fans to have patience with Bruce Allen

Vernon Davis urges Redskins fans to have patience with Bruce Allen

Tight end Vernon Davis has seen the Washington Redskins go through many ups and downs since becoming a part of the organization in 2016, but the 2018 season brought a new set of challenges.

Two injured quarterbacks headlined the Redskins' 7-9 season and fans were once again calling for team president Bruce Allen's job.

In a rare media availability during Tuesday's Senior Bowl practice, Allen noted how "close" he felt the Redskins were to reaching the postseason but his continued lack of transparency is something that does not sit well with Redskins fans.

Davis, speaking Wednesday on 106.7 The Fan's Sports Junkies, is standing by the team's president.

"I strongly believe, like I said before, we have the pieces to win games."

"Bruce and Dan [Snyder], those guys are constantly sitting in their office trying to find ways to win. It's not like they're not doing a great job with it. I believe in them. I believe that they're going to make the right decision to do the best they can do to help us win football games around here because that's what they're there for. Bruce is there to make sure that we're a championship team. Make sure that we're winning. Making sure that we have all the pieces when it comes to different positions on the football field. So, they're doing just that.

Allen has continued to praise the Redskins fans for their passion throughout the offseason. But if you know the Redskins, don't expect many changes to take place. 

And if it's hard for you to hang on to the little insight Allen provides Redskins fans with in regards to the future of the organization, Davis urges fans to keep holding on. 

"I wouldn't quite count him out. I just say have patience and continue to support the Washington Redskins." 


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Grizzlies putting Gasol, Conley on trade block creates opportunity if surging Wizards turn aggressive


Grizzlies putting Gasol, Conley on trade block creates opportunity if surging Wizards turn aggressive

News that the “grit ‘n grind” era is apparently ending in Memphis effectively tips off the NBA trade deadline rumors.

No shock if the John Wall and Dwight Howard-less Washington Wizards receive a mention or two for deals involving Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr. Mention and final destination are different worlds, of course.

ESPN reported Tuesday that the Grizzlies are finally open to hearing trade offers for their two franchise stalwarts. They never reached the level of other famed big man/guard tandems, but Gasol and Conley were at the center of a seven-year run of playoff appearances peaking with the 2013 Western Conference finals.

With age and injuries striking the duo, Memphis slipped in recent years. The postseason streak ended last season. After a hot start to the 2018-19 campaign including an early-season win over the Wizards, the Grizzlies have lost 12 of 13, falling to 19-28 overall. While that record would not automatically end playoff hopes in the Eastern Conference, it slots Memphis 14th out of 15 teams in the West.

As NBC Sports’ Dan Feldman noted, finding a trade partner will not come easy for the Grizzlies.

Gasol, 33, has a player option next season for $25.6 million. That’s a huge number for a center in this perimeter-oriented era on top of the $24.1 million the three-time All-Star is earning this campaign. Gasol’s highly skilled game is showing signs of decline, though his basic statistical numbers (15.3 points, 8.5 rebounds, 4.7 assists, 1.3 blocks) remain helpful.

Conley, one of the NBA’s most underrated talents of his generation, offers lead guard, leadership skills – and a financial challenge. From Feldman:

Mike Conley will have a lot of interested parties, he is an All-Star level player (he’d make it in the East easy, but in the West probably falls short again), but his contract is bigger than Gasol’s. Conley makes $30.5 million this season and has $67 million the two seasons after that (the second is an early termination option, but Conley isn’t opting out of that money, so consider that $67 million fully guaranteed).

As Memphis’ season turned south, Washington surged, winning seven of its last 10 games to move into a ninth-place tie with Detroit. Still two games back of the eighth and final playoff berth, the Wizards could use general depth if not actual star power with Wall sidelined for the season. Howard (back surgery) and forward Markieff Morris (neck) face uncertain recovery timelines.

No disrespect to the Wall and Howard replacements, Tomas Satoransky and Thomas Bryant, but Gasol and Conley would upgrade Washington at those positions. The cost, however, keeps such grandiose thoughts on the shelf. 

During the team’s recent London trip, Wizards owner Ted Leonsis emphatically stated the team would not consider throwing in the towel despite injuries and a losing record. That is not the same as stating the luxury-tax paying team would take on significant salary or trade coveted assets for help.

Washington’s 2019 first-round selection takes on additional importance because the team already exceeds next season’s salary cap with only five players under contract.

Now, if some creative mind conjures a trade that removes the final year of Ian Mahinmi’s four-year, $64 million contract from the books without sending Washington dramatically further into the tax or deals with Wall's trade kicker, hmmm.

If the Wizards decide the overall roster needs a dramatic shake-up, perhaps a deal centered on Wall and Conley gets interesting (Thanks, NBA trade machine, though maybe include draft picks already).

Wall’s run of recent surgeries combined with his four-year, $170 supermax contract kicking in next season and that substantial kicker may end all discussion. However, he is three years younger than Conley. Memphis, set to build around 19-year-old Jaren Jackson Jr., could find that age factor appealing or use Wall/Conley to fascilitate a larger trade.

Other teams will offer more future-friendly deals for Gasol and Conley. The Wizards appear set in their belief the current roster, even with the injuries, can reach the playoffs. Therefore, it's wise setting aside the notion of a major move from Washington involving the Grizzlies’ stars or any other high profile/big salary players. Bookmark the trade machine page regardless.