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3/31 UPDATE: Jason Cole of Yahoo! reports that McNabb has specifically expressed his desire to play for Arizona, despite the fact that the Cardinals’ front office has repeatedly denied any current interest in McNabb’s services.

According to the Arizona Republic and Rod Graves, the Cardinals’ GM, there will be no bird swap for Donovan McNabb.  Somewhere in Arizona, Matt Leinart breathes a sigh of relief.

Rumors regarding the Cardinals’ supposed interest in Eagles’ quarterback Donovan McNabb heated up after head coach Andy Reid formally acknowledged he is hearing offers for the veteran.  The Arizona Republic, however, reported on Wednesday that the Cardinals have no interest in the veteran quarterback, at this time.

McNabb, 33 years old, is in the last year of his contract, which will yield him an $11 million payday.  While Arizona makes more sense for McNabb than Oakland or Buffalo (the other teams rumored to be interested) it is unlikely that a team would take McNabb without setting up a long-term deal first.  Arizona is even more unlikely to give McNabb the contract he desires or give Philadelphia the multiple draft picks most likely necessary to get him.  Philly probably won’t send McNabb packing for less than 1st and 3rd round picks.

For now, the man to beat is still Matt Leinart, with Derek Anderson following behind.  While having McNabb directing the offense is no doubt an exciting thought, not pursuing McNabb is the right move for the Cardinals.  It would cost to much to bring an aging veteran to the desert, especially when the Cards are trying to get younger at the quarterback position.  In addition, if the Cardinals are unable to work out a deal with McNabb at the time of the trade, they will almost certainly lose him to free agency the next year.  It’s just not worth it.

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