PHILADELPHIA - No. 5 will return to Philadelphia for a 12th season.
Eagles coach Andy Reid squelched speculation about Donovan McNabb's future, saying the five-time Pro Bowl quarterback will be back next season.
"That's my call," Reid said Monday. "I think he's a great player.
"His work over the last 11 years has proven that. I truly believe it's a team sport; it's not one guy."
McNabb's status was questioned because he has one year left on his contract and he's failed to lead Philadelphia to a Super Bowl victory in 11 seasons. McNabb has led the Eagles to five NFC championship games - going 1-4 - and one Super Bowl appearance.
McNabb had one of his finest seasons, but struggled badly in consecutive losses to Dallas. The Cowboys beat the Eagles 34-14 on Saturday night in an NFC wild-card playoff game.
After the loss, McNabb said he wanted to return to Philadelphia. He also said he's open to discussing a contract extension. The Eagles reworked the final two years of McNabb's deal last summer, giving him a US$5.3-million raise. That would seem to make it unlikely they would extend his contract beyond 2010.
"He got a nice little kick for the next few years here in salary," Reid said.
The Eagles also have Kevin Kolb and Michael Vick on the roster. Kolb filled in nicely when McNabb got hurt in the season opener. He became the first quarterback in history to throw for 300 yards in his first two career starts.
Vick played a limited role in short-yardage situations in his first year back in the NFL after sitting out two seasons due to his imprisonment for his role in a dogfighting operation.
"I don't want to give up any of them. I like them all," Reid said of the three quarterbacks. "Can Kevin Kolb play in the National Football League? Absolutely. Can Kevin Kolb be a starter in National Football League? Absolutely.
"The other two guys have proven that. They've been top quarterbacks in this league for years."
Kolb also will enter the final season of his contract. The Eagles hold a $5.2-million option on Vick. He may have increased his trade value with a 76-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Maclin in the loss to the Cowboys.
"We'll look at all this," Reid said. "I haven't gotten to that point where I'm comparing players and contracts.
"We like Kevin Kolb. We like Michael Vick. We like Donovan McNabb. It's a pretty good situation to be in as we go into the off-season."
McNabb threw for 3,553 yards, 22 TDs and 10 interceptions in 14 games. His passer rating of 92.9 was the third-highest in his career.
In a 24-0 loss to Dallas last week that cost Philadelphia the NFC East title and a first-round bye, McNabb was 20-of-36 passing for 223 yards. He misfired on a couple throws, including a deep pass to a wide-open DeSean Jackson.
In the playoff loss to the Cowboys, McNabb was 19-of-37 passing for 230 yards, one TD and one interception. Most of those completions came late in the game after Dallas had the game in hand.