First, an unflattering tweet from ESPN's Adam Schefter, claiming that the "Eagles wanted to do right by McNabb enough so that they agreed to trade him in the division rather than to the Oakland Raiders."
Hmmmph. You don't have to tweet between the lines too hard to realize that what Schefter is saying here is that the Eagles' front office felt that trading him to the Raiders would have been "doing wrong" by McNabb.
Whatever, Eagles' front office.
"When the Oakland Raiders sniffed around and showed willingness to trade for the quarterback without an extension," writes Silver, "McNabb indicated to the Eagles through his associates that he’d retire."
Or maybe it's because people remember that the Raiders are an organization where the coach can sucker-punch an employee and totally get away with it. Head coach Tom Cable's complete exoneration came one step closer this weekend, with a Yahoo! Sports report that the Raiders are asking the Alameda courts to send this case to NFL arbitration.
If the case goes to NFL arbitration, the matter would be out of the court system entirely. The case would then be decided by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.
This is the same Roger Goodell who already declined to punish Tom Cable on this matter, clearing him of wrongdoing without even talking to Randy Hanson.
Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who will threaten to retire if he gets traded to the Republican National Committee.