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Bruce Allen says McNabb will be a Redskin "for years"

For the first time since 2005, the Redskins will enter training camp without any pre-camp storylines focusing around the identity or security of the starting quarterback.

(Two years ago, remember, Jason Campbell was coming back from injury. And last year, Sports Illustrated wrote that Campbell "might be under the harshest spotlight of any NFL player as training camps open across the country.")

Still, there will be quarterback questions this summer, and they'll revolve around Donovan McNabb's long-term future in Washington, and the status of his contract extension talks. GM Bruce Allen discussed that issue with Comcast SportsNet in an interview that aired on Thursday, and he seemed pretty definite about the future.

"We really haven't started [talks]," Allen said. "Donovan is so excited about this new opportunity -- the team has embraced him, our fans clearly have embraced him. We'll have plenty of time to get something done with him. We see him as part of our future. We would not have made the trade unless we see it that way, and he knows it.

"He's a mature player who knows that he's gonna be paid well, but there'll be a right time. We made a great investment in trading for him and we like the guy, we really like him as a leader on this team, and the players have really accepted him. And we think he's gonna be a great Redskin for years to come."

Here's hoping McNabb enjoys questions about contract extensions more than Adam "Employee Number 44" Dunn does.

(Via Larry Weisman. I'm not allowed to embed the video, due to Redskins Rules, but you can view it here.)

By Dan Steinberg  |  July 23, 2010; 11:41 AM ET
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Comments

Stein - The link to this bog post on the front page is screwed up. It links us to the U MD Cheerleader story.

PS. I don't care what the Supreme Court says, Cheerleading is not a sport. Where is the competition aspect?

Posted by: keino83 | July 23, 2010 12:30 PM | Report abuse

I'm all for McNabb succeeding, but let's see how he does first. Another poster (or 3) mentions how he throws in the dirt alot. I'd like to see how the play and whether the run sets up the pass or will they go full blown WC or what

Posted by: kahlua87 | July 23, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

"For the first time since 2005, the Redskins will enter training camp without any pre-camp storylines focusing around the identity or security of the starting quarterback."

Steinz, I think you meant 2006.

Posted by: Barno1 | July 23, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

If McNabb is going to be the Redskins' quarterback for "years", then the Redskins will be mediocre losers for "years" too.

No surprises, just years and years of Dan Snyder-esque failure up ahead.

DWS

Posted by: dstafford2 | July 23, 2010 1:10 PM | Report abuse

McNabb will be excellent, especially since he'll have a running game.

Posted by: shanks1 | July 23, 2010 1:15 PM | Report abuse

Steinberg,

You da blagga. Take Reids place as Redskins Insider and we might have interesting stuff to read instead of "According to sources within" type stuff from Reid. Keep up the good work.

Posted by: getitritegov | July 23, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

ADVERTISERS WELCOME NEW QUARTERBACK

ASHBURN, VA -- With less than a week to go before the start of Washington Redskins training camp, local businesses in the nation's capital city are preparing to unveil a series of television ads starring the new Redskins quarterback, Donovan McNabb.

A popular celebrity endorser for many Philadelphia-area advertisers over the past 11 seasons he played for the NFC East division rival Philadelphia Eagles, McNabb enjoyed one of the highest local Q-ratings (a measure of celebrity recognition and popularity) in the area.

However, McNabb is now preparing to start a new football season as a relative unknown in another city.

Traded from the Eagles to Washington with only a year left on his current contract, McNabb and the Redskins have yet to reach an agreement on a new contract, or even an extension to his current contract -- leading many to wonder if McNabb will be nothing more than a one-year "rental player" who just fills a hole at the quarterback slot until the National Football League and NFL Players Association stage a lock out or walk out at the end of the current season when the current Collective Bargaining Agreement expires.

Others familiar with Redskin owner Dan Snyder’s mercurial management style worry McNabb may only be a single-season seat-warmer until the Redskins can pick up a shiny new quarterback prospect out of the 2011 college draft.

But rather than focus on the uncertainties of his situation, McNabb and his agents have decided to capitalize on it -- by explaining to prospective advertisers that the new quarterback offers a near-perfect pitchman for transient living and lifestyles.

Thus, many of the new commercials starring McNabb are predicated on the quarterback's temporary status in his new city.

Over coming weeks, Washington area television viewers will see McNabb pitching rental apartments, leased cars, temporary storage facilities, pay-to-own furniture outlets, drive-through fast food outlets, cellular phone companies that don't require their customers to sign long-term contracts, and speed-dating services for people who don’t want all of the commitments and complications of long-term arrangements.

In one particularly humorous spot for Kelly Services -- a temporary staffing agency -- McNabb wears a Kelly-green tee shirt out to the practice field -- an apparently unintentional but unfortunate reminder of his playing days with the Eagles. A few moments later, Redskin tight end Chris Cooley tells McNabb the shirt makes him look like overgrown leprechaun and hands him a new Redskins practice tee.

While the Kelly spot may not be as compelling as Mean Joe Green trading his jersey to an admiring kid for a Coca Cola, it’s certainly far better than a bunch of illiterates from “The U” prancing and dancing around an Eastern Motors showroom singing about, “Yo jobs yo credit… at Eastern Motors… yo jobs yo credit.”

For more info, visit http://www.donovanmcnabb.com

Posted by: Vic1 | July 23, 2010 1:51 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins haven't had a QB even close to McNabb's ability in at least 20 years. He'll be great in this sytem. Play action that defenses take seriously unlike in Philly, bootlegs - its going to be good.

Posted by: paperwc | July 23, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

It's still Snyder, still trading draft picks, WRs that don't scare anybody, CBs that can't cover anybody, an unproven kicker, a new offense and defense on an old, slow team. My God, people. What are you getting so excited about. Is every redskin fan delusional.

Posted by: lp_lodestar | July 23, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

It's called being a fan lp_dopestar.

First of all, you're completely clueless about football if you don't see how giving up draft picks to upgrade the two positions this team BADLY needed help. Pro Bowl quarterbacks don't come around often, especially for a 2nd round pick. A Pro Bowl left tackle for a 3rd round pick. I have no problem giving up picks for players of this caliber.

Remember TJ Duckett...he cost the Skins a 3rd and 4th. That is not the same as trading for a rock solid tackle when the team's obvious need was the o-line.

Some Skins fans really crack me up. They b*itch and moan that this team needs a GM, that the team needed to get a qb better than Campbell, and that the team needs to improve the o-line.

Exactly what has been done? All three. Now it's draft pick complaints. It's time to take the panties off and accept the fact that this team is finally making strides in the right direction.

If you don't see or believe that, then take your pathetic fandom to the Cowboys. They'll be more than happy to accept you as a fellow bandwagon fan.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | July 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

A challenging schedule may make wins still tough to come by this year, but I would be shocked if this team isn't a whole lot more interesting and fun to watch (with a quarterback that sees the field and gets rid of the ball, and a defense that will force the action rather than playing two safeties in the next county) than any Redskins team it quite some time.

Posted by: hapster | July 23, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

I don't have a problem with McNabb being a redskin "for years". The question is how long will McNabb be NcNabb.

Posted by: giscone | July 23, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

It's called being a fan lp_dopestar.

First of all, you're completely clueless about football if you don't see how giving up draft picks to upgrade the two positions this team BADLY needed help. Pro Bowl quarterbacks don't come around often, especially for a 2nd round pick. A Pro Bowl left tackle for a 3rd round pick. I have no problem giving up picks for players of this caliber.

Remember TJ Duckett...he cost the Skins a 3rd and 4th. That is not the same as trading for a rock solid tackle when the team's obvious need was the o-line.

Some Skins fans really crack me up. They b*itch and moan that this team needs a GM, that the team needed to get a qb better than Campbell, and that the team needs to improve the o-line.

Exactly what has been done? All three. Now it's draft pick complaints. It's time to take the panties off and accept the fact that this team is finally making strides in the right direction.
AMEN I agree 100%
Im excited about this year might not win it all but better chances then we have had in the last 10 years........
I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS AT ALL.....


If you don't see or believe that, then take your pathetic fandom to the Cowboys. They'll be more than happy to accept you as a fellow bandwagon fan.

Posted by: RobInVaBeach | July 23, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: obxneric | July 23, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

For the first time since 2005, the Redskins will enter training camp without any pre-camp storylines focusing around the identity or security of the starting quarterback."

We can all thank Snyder and Cerrato for that. Not making any QB comfortable hold the posiition.

Posted by: cjdwolfpack | July 23, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Anyone who thinks McNabb is a positive change simply is not paying attention. Just go back and watch his last two games last year against the Cowboys. You'll see an old, slow, inaccurate QB that was completely out of control. Now a year older, with a group of recievers of which none could crack the Eagles linep, how can anyone think this is a good move? When was the last time a starting QB was traded within a division? It's moves like this that's the root for Tampa Bay being in the condition it's in today. Thanks Bruce. After the opener against Dallas (again McNabb) people will be asking - what was this fool thinking making this move?

Finally what owner in his right mind would expect his fan base to embrace a QB they have hated for years? Opps my bad - Synder and right mind do not belong in the same sentence.

Posted by: ARCstats | July 24, 2010 12:07 AM | Report abuse

Allen can explain how McNabb is "the future" after week-5 when "the future" goes on the DL for the fourth time in five seasons.

Posted by: noslok | July 24, 2010 1:14 AM | Report abuse

NFL football fans know the Skins Are fortunate to have a general at the helm of THAT teams offense like McNabb, its long been a hindrance in terms of W or L. That is the ONE HUGE thing that is basically unreported. The for years offensively leaderless have one of the best leaders in the game. Allen is obviously the real-deal as a teams manager by his statements, he's from the gut. That's a credit to the owner, this pessimist do not see--THAT--city, player, team, from the gut from anyone else of organization power. If he has the power, our team WILL put up a DC fight to win the game. I'm not optimistic--I see a beat down from so many directions of objectives not lead by combatants on the field. Wouldn't it be great if I'm wrong and really AM just plain insulting.

Posted by: CTaylor42 | July 24, 2010 3:39 AM | Report abuse

I don't know why everyone is getting so excited about Bruce Allen. He has a losing record as a General Manager, and couldn't keep gigs in Oakland or Tampa Bay.

I don't know why everyone is getting excited about Mike Shanahan. He hasn't done squat in the last 3 years, and led a team to an epic choke job the last year he coached.

But hey, Snyder preys on the ignorant, weak-minded, and the elderly ill. I guess that is what is in play here.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | July 24, 2010 6:19 AM | Report abuse

One other thing:

It doesn't surprise me that Snyder wouldn't let Dan embed the video. Snyder does everything to try to control information coming from his team, and drive traffic to his site "Redskins.com". Snyder only does this to try to say that he has "the most read website in the NFL", which is as bogus as his 200,000 people waiting list for season tickets. He's a scam artist, plain and simple.

Posted by: Randy_Hawkins | July 24, 2010 6:25 AM | Report abuse

RobInVaBeach aka Danny Snyder, incognito

Posted by: 44fx2901 | July 24, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

RobInVaBeach aka Danny Snyder, incognito

Posted by: 44fx2901 | July 24, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

I've been a Redskin fan for years and I look forward to this season and hope we improve from last years pathetic season.

This is a league where you are as good as your last performance. As another poster alluded to earlier, McNabb looked like crap in his last two games against Dallas.

Time will soon tell wether those 2 performances were flukes or an indicator of his current performance ability. Also he has been injury prone the last few seasons. But as a Redskins fan, I hope for the best.

Posted by: 72Redskins | July 24, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

From a true fans perspective, we're gettin hosed here. The best teams get better through the draft. Not from some washed up coach & QB

Posted by: Daveguin1 | July 24, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

All of these preseason pronouncements are a bunch of baloney. I won't be sipping any Kool-Aid for at least 4 games into the regular season. Just can't get beyond the Eagles trading a starting QB within the division for draft picks. We've seen this guy play for over a decade and the results have been .... mixed. Of course, if the offensive line isn't substantially improved, it doesn't matter who plays QB.

Posted by: randysbailin | July 24, 2010 12:56 PM | Report abuse

Some Skins fans really crack me up. They b*itch and moan that this team needs a GM, that the team needed to get a qb better than Campbell, and that the team needs to improve the o-line.
Posted by: RobInVaBeach | July 23, 2010 4:49 PM
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This bama is not a fan! He's a troll!
ignore him Robin

Posted by: jcnjcnj | July 24, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

I agree! Ignore the troll!! Hail to the Redskins! BTW, F-Dallas!!

Posted by: vexed50verizonnet | July 24, 2010 3:31 PM | Report abuse

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-CYk0XL_pA

Posted by: RedskinsNo1 | July 24, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Wow! Reading these comments has saved me a tremendous amount of time. Silly me I thought the upcoming season would determine whether McNabb's acquisition was a good move or not. However all the expert ANALysis I've read here has spared me the trouble of watching the Redskins this year. I want to thank all you ANALysts for youe expert opinions which couldn't possibly be wrong. Hail!

Posted by: croftonpost | July 25, 2010 1:04 AM | Report abuse

To all of you non-Skins fans and those that are who espouses gloom & doom put this in your pipe and smoke it.

What was the most overiding factor as to why #5 wasn't better than was in Philly? Because Philly (Phanatic) failed in getting a usable that the opposition had to game plan for. They (the Phanatics management) felt that all they needed was #5 throwing to his wideouts and having Westbrook catching balls out of the backfield. Now just how predictable is that?

How good is our stable of running backs? I'd say a lot better than last year because of Shannahan & son. He took a what, a seventh rounder and turned him into a 1000yd rusher. If Portis et.al., can't get it done anymore then I'm sure SNYDER-1 will be warming up its engines.

Posted by: rillbizi | July 25, 2010 1:20 AM | Report abuse

To all of you non-Skins fans and those that are who espouses gloom & doom put this in your pipe and smoke it.

What was the most overiding factor as to why #5 wasn't better than was in Philly? Because Philly (Phanatic) failed in getting a usable that the opposition had to game plan for. They (the Phanatics management) felt that all they needed was #5 throwing to his wideouts and having Westbrook catching balls out of the backfield. Now just how predictable is that?

How good is our stable of running backs? I'd say a lot better than last year because of Shannahan & son. He took a what, a seventh rounder and turned him into a 1000yd rusher. If Portis et.al., can't get it done anymore then I'm sure SNYDER-1 will be warming up its engines.

Posted by: rillbizi | July 25, 2010 1:21 AM | Report abuse

McNaab for years and years. That's the dumbest thing I ever heard. I expect him to be dreadful. I keep going back to the thought: if he still had anything left in the tank, why did the Eagles show him the door? The Eagles have owned the Skins for years, so I don't think they would do anything that they thought would benefit the Skins.

Posted by: theBozyn | July 25, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

The Eagles having to get rid of McNabb is exactly what the Packers had to do with Favre. Rogers was drafted high (1st round), his contract was two years from expiring, and the Packers had to see and commit to Rogers to see if he was their QB for the future...deja vu in Philly. Kolb, a high 2nd RD draft pick, the Eagles need to commit to him and see if he is their guy for the future. Teams cannot commit starting QB money to two QBs.

The Skins early 2nd round pick was by far the best compensation the Eagles were going to receive for NcNabb. So, would you accept a lesser trade just to keep him out of your division. I'm sure the Eagles thought about it, and felt they wanted the best value for NcNabb was the most important factor, with going to division opponent was not as important.

Now, compare McNabb to Elway when Shanny won two Super Bowls with Elway. McNabb is healthier than Elway. You see how Elway was walking, rather limping around, when he was not on the field. Elways knees were already shot.

Shanny and the Skins can win with McNabb. I feel we have a good 3-4 year window to win with McNabb. And the Skins have a running game. The Eagles never had a running game to compliment or take some of the pressure off of McNabb. Hail!

Posted by: redskinbo | July 25, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

I think one of the reasons McNabb didn't look that great the past couple of years is that Andy Reid all but ignored the running game and the D could key on the pass. Hopefully Shanny will have the tools to emphasize the run a lot more like he did in Denver and take some pressure off the QB.

Posted by: ExPatYankee | July 25, 2010 10:44 PM | Report abuse

Apologies to redskinbo. I didn't read through the thread and just repeated the points you made earlier.

Posted by: ExPatYankee | July 25, 2010 10:47 PM | Report abuse

I know that I am not the only one who will be shocked if he plays in more than 15 games for the Skins and is anything more than average.

The o-line still sucks, all the RB's are too old, McNabb is too injury prone, and the WR's are marginal at best. His only weapons are Fred Davis and Cooley.

Posted by: mtorioles | July 25, 2010 11:04 PM | Report abuse

My #5 Redskin jersey is Colt Brennan. When will he get some playing time? Otherwise why did the Skins draft him in the first place, just to sit on the bench?

Sorry Donovan, the REAL Redskins #5 is Colt Brennan.

Posted by: memyselfI1 | July 27, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

My god, have we really been without a franchise qb for so long that we all have no idea how important it really is!!!???

All of you dumbass3s wait and see how Campbell plays in Oakland & maybe you will understand what the difference between a real pro qb and a COLLEGE qb is!!!!

Posted by: skins91r | July 27, 2010 8:02 PM | Report abuse

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