In 1999, the Eagles used the No. 2 overall pick, who remained the team’s starting quarterback until the 2009 season.
In his final season with the Eagles, McNabb made the Pro Bowl, but the Eagles wanted to go in a different direction after a disappointing playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys. On Easter in 2010, news dropped that McNabb was traded to the Washington Redskins for a second-round pick.
The move came out of nowhere, and caused a stir in the Philly area. Some wanted McNabb out the door, while others were upset to see their former franchise quarterback leave.
McNabb was the starter in Washington for the 2010 season and ended the year with 13 starts. The team finished 6-10 and was sent to backup duties after signing a five-year extension worth $78 million.
Meanwhile, the Eagles used Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick in 2010 to win the NFC East with a 10-6 record. The Eagles lost in the Wild Card round, but it was clear the team needed to move on from McNabb.
As for McNabb, he lasted just one more season and retired. He played with the Minnesota Vikings in 2011 and made six starts.
The Redskins looked foolish for making the move, while the Eagles rode the waves of Vick for two more years, combined with Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez. Eventually, the Eagles found their franchise quarterback in Carson Wentz.
As for the draft pick, the Eagles drafted safety Nate Allen, who played five seasons for the Eagles. Out of 74 games played, Allen started 59 games.
The Eagles clearly won this trade.