Raiders the favorite to land McNabb 

The Raiders have emerged as the top contender to land Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb in a trade, according to a report by ESPN.

Oakland appears to be the most willing to meet Philadelphia’s asking price, which is reportedly a top 42 pick. The Raiders own picks No. 8 and 39 in April’s draft.

A move for McNabb would likely signal the end of former No. 1 overall pick JaMarcus Russell’s tumultuous tenure with the Raiders.

After months of saying McNabb would return for another year, Eagles coach Andy Reid acknowledged last week he was listening to offers for McNabb, Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick. McNabb is expendable because he’s entering the final season of his contract and Kolb is considered the quarterback of the future.

The 33-year-old McNabb has led Philadelphia to five NFC championship games in 11 seasons, winning one NFC title. McNabb had an outstanding season last year until the final two games — consecutive losses at Dallas. The first loss to the Cowboys cost the Eagles the NFC East title and a first-round bye in the playoffs. The next one came in the wild-card playoff.

The Buffalo Bills and St. Louis  Rams are also considered to be  interested.

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