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Reports: Bills went after McNabb hard, offered extension

Donovan McNabb really didn't want to play for the Buffalo Bills.

League sources told ESPN's Adam Schefter that Donovan McNabb was traded to a divisional rival because he didn't want to play in Buffalo or Oakland, and the Eagles granted his wish. ESPN's Sal Paolantonio said the Bills and Raiders had the "two best offers" on the table for McNabb. Yahoo! Sports is reporting that the Bills were also willing to give the 33-year-old QB a contract extension, but he refused.

In other words, the Bills tried virtually everything in their power to land an established signal-caller. They offered everything they could to land a QB that would have solidified the position for the near future.

Tim Graham was quick to point out that although the Bills ultimately didn't get their man, their efforts were admirable:

While McNabb's rejection certainly was influenced by the Bills' dysfunction during a long decade without a playoff appearance, it shouldn't be a reflection of their current front office.

Rookie general manager Buddy Nix and new head coach Chan Gailey identified a need and went after one of the most accomplished quarterbacks in the league.

Close is only good in horseshoes and hand grenades, but the Bills' new front office has shown at least one NFL writer that they are on the right track.