If Donovan McNabb had his say, and he may very well have it, he would prefer to be traded to Minnesota.
After Andy Reid announced Wednesday that the Eagles were "entertaining offers" for all three of their quarterbacks, McNabb reiterated that he wants to remain in Philadelphia. But if the team were to ship its franchise quarterback elsewhere, the Vikings would be his first choice, according to sources close to the situation.
There are obstacles to this even remotely happening.
For one, the Vikings technically already have a starting quarterback in Brett Favre, and indications are that the 40-year-old is coming back for another season.
And even if Favre were to retire, a decision on his replacement isn't likely to be made until training camp - and the Eagles probably can't wait that long.
So in the meantime, the Eagles will solicit offers from other teams, most of whom McNabb has no desire to play for.
Citing a source, the Associated Press reported last night that in a trade for McNabb, the Eagles would not accept anything less than a top-42 pick in this year's draft.
Although he cannot veto a trade per se - there isn't a no-trade clause in his contract - he can refuse to negotiate a contract extension, and most teams wouldn't trade away draft picks or players unless they had McNabb locked up long-term.
McNabb, likewise, would want an extension. He is in the last year on his contract. But the 11-year veteran has reservations about playing for a losing team years from contending for a championship, according to the sources.
McNabb, who remains at his home in Arizona, is not talking about this matter. On Wednesday, however, he released a statement saying that he hoped "whichever direction the Eagles decide to go in, they do it quickly."
The Eagles and Rams had discussions, according to league sources, possibly involving St. Louis' second-round pick in exchange for McNabb. But those talks apparently have lost momentum for the time being. The Eagles had no comment and the Rams have issued a flat denial.
Oakland and Buffalo have inquired about McNabb, according to a Yahoo! Sports report. Reid said that he has received inquiries from teams not only about McNabb, but also about backup Kevin Kolb and third-stringer Michael Vick.
McNabb, though, appears to be the most likely to be dealt. If a deal were to be made, there is a large incentive to do it soon, considering that the college draft is fast approaching and McNabb is due a $6.2 million roster bonus on May 5.
Here's a look at the Eagles' most likely trade partners and whether McNabb might be willing to couple up with one those teams:
Vikings. Minnesota's recent success, its West Coast offense and the fact that McNabb once played under coach Brad Childress are all reasons why it would be the perfect match. Any discussion about a deal would be premature with Favre still in the picture.
49ers. San Francisco coach Mike Singletary has given Alex Smith the nod at quarterback, but that didn't stop the 49ers from acquiring David Carr, who previously backed up Eli Manning with the Giants. Neither quarterback could be labeled a winner.
McNabb would be open to a move to San Francisco, one source said. The 49ers, coming off an 8-8 season, do have two first-round draft picks (Nos. 13 and 16) and could use one to get him. But McNabb is unfamiliar with the 49ers' offense.
Panthers. When they released Jake Delhomme earlier this month, the Panthers seemingly had an opening at QB. But the team immediately promoted Matt Moore as the starter. That doesn't mean they aren't interested in McNabb. Carolina, though, doesn't have a first-round draft pick and may need as much to barter with the Birds.
St. Louis. The Rams probably won't make any final decisions about quarterback until they watch Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford work out on Monday. They hold the No. 1 overall pick in the draft and are believed to be interested in the former Heisman Trophy winner. If they aren't sold on Bradford they may look to McNabb.
McNabb hasn't completely ruled out the Rams, according to a source. But even the presence of his former quarterbacks coach, Pat Shumur, might not be enough to offset the fact that St. Louis is coming off a 1-15 season.
Bills. Buffalo coach Chan Gailey said at the owners' meetings that he was open to adding another quarterback, even though he already had three: Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick, and Brian Brohm. McNabb, however, does not want to play for the Bills. The only way a deal could work would be if Buffalo was willing to take McNabb without an extension and a loyal Reid was willing to send his first draft pick to a dilapidated franchise.
Raiders. Coach Tom Cable said that JaMarcus Russell and Bruce Gradkowski would compete for the quarterback job. He didn't rule out a trade, but he's not the boss. Owner Al Davis is. He traded for Richard Seymour last year without giving him an extension. McNabb does not want to play for the Raiders and would Reid be that cruel?
There were several teams that could have been trade partners with the Eagles, but each one has apparently taken itself out of the bidding with off-season acquisitions. Cleveland signed Delhomme, Seattle brought in Charlie Whitehurst, and Arizona, which already has Matt Leinert, inked Derek Anderson to a contract.
Jacksonville, Washington and Denver are teams with shaky quarterbacks, but have the support of their coaches at least for now.
All things being equal, however, McNabb would rather be in Philadelphia.
"My position hasn't changed," McNabb wrote on his blog. "I've said all along that I would like to win a Super Bowl and finish my career in Philadelphia."