McNabb wants to end career in Washington
Donovan McNabb's arrival in Washington added yet another star to the "but will he sign an extension?" queue. Will Adam Dunn sign an extension?
Will Nicklas Backstrom sign an extension? Will McNabb sign an extension?
The men have different stock answers. Here, for example, was Dunn, discussing the possibility of an extension on ESPN 980's The Sports Fix last week.
"I have no idea," Dunn said. "That's not my area. I go out and play, and whatever's gonna happen is gonna happen. I'm sure we'll try to sit down and work something out. there's a lot of time. i mean, there's no rush for that. If it happens, cool, if it doesn't, I move on."
Donovan McNabb took a slightly more enthusiastic approach a few days later. He was on with the Sports Junkies during his radio tour to promote high blood pressure awareness, and John Auville put it to him bluntly.
"I bought my kid an $80 Donovan McNabb jersey," he said. "I don't want that to be in the clearance rack in like a year."
"I feel your excitement, and I'm right behind you," McNabb said. "I look forward to being able to extend my contract and hopefully end my career here. And at this particular point, obviously there's some writing in the contract of when you'd be able to do that, but things will happen. Things will happen. And we will take our steps when the time comes and be able to handle that situation.
"You know, obviously can't communicate [about] contracts, but I look forward to getting that done. The team looks forward to getting it done. So your $80 jersey won't go to waste. I will be in Washington. And your son will wear it proudly, and we'll get you one as well."
Sure, it's just a radio interview promoting high blood pressure awareness, but that didn't seem very equivocal. McNabb also said he and Albert Haynesworth continue to exchange text messages, and he refused to take any offered bait about the previous front-office situation in Washington.
"You know, I think a lot of times, what I went through in Philly, people may look [from] the outside at a negative aspect of things," he said. "I look at this organization, with ownership, with a let's win now mentality, and I think when you bring in a head coach that's had that type of success, and bringing in a veteran quarterback and a veteran wide receiver, and having some experience in key positions, I think it displays the type of approach which they're trying to bring.
"I was very excited when the trade happened. Obviously there were some other teams that I wouldn't have minded going to, the Buffalos and Oaklands, but when it was told to me that Washington made the trade and things were kind of in hand, I was excited. And that was part of the reason why when I flew in, to stay a couple weeks and work with these guys and communicate with them in the locker room."
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