McNabb says he'll be with the Redskins "for years"
Donovan McNabb did a trio of television interviews on Monday, giving him yet more opportunities to talk optimistically about his future in D.C. and to make funny faces at the camera. As you might recall, I'm not permitted to embed the videos here, so instead I'll provide the four highlights.
The above image was McNabb demonstrating for Comcast SportsNet's Kelli Johnson exactly what's happening right now in his contract negotiations.
He was, obviously, joking, but a few weeks after Bruce Allen said McNabb would be "a great Redskin for years to come," the quarterback used nearly identical language.
"I'll be here with the Redskins for years," he told NBC Washington's Dan Hellie. "We've both said it, I've said it, they've said it. I want to be a Redskin. I want to be a Redskin. Just like I was an Eagle for years, I want to be a Redskin. I want to finish my career here. There's a lot of exciting things that are ahead of us here, there's a lot of talent here, and I think good things can happen here in Washington."
Obviously, this spring, he was writing that he wanted to finish his career in Philadelphia. Maybe he doesn't like moving.
"Things will take care of itself," he told Johnson. "I'll just focus on what we're doing here. You know what, I love being here. I love being here. Obviously moved the family here. This is where I want to be for years to come. We have some talent here, good young talent like myself, guys who are like 25, 26 like myself, guys who still got a lot of juice in their tank like myself."
McNabb was asked several times about his reception in D.C.
"It feels like home," he told Redskins Nation's Larry Weisman. "It's like Dorothy, just tap your feet twice or three times and you're back home."
I've been trying to figure out how well that metaphor applies to this situation. I'm stumped, though I'm pretty sure one of McNabb's backfield mates owns a pair of red slippers.
Johnson also suggested that McNabb wasn't always appreciated by Eagles fans, and he interrupted her.
"I would not say that, I would not say that," he said. "You know what, it's exciting to be received well, but obviously being in the league for a long time, [Redskins fans] want to see results. I understand that. That's part of my role. My role is to come here and do kind of what they've seen me do for 11 years, and that's something I want to present to them as well as my ballclub."
A Work Stoppage
Hellie asked McNabb about the possibility of a work stoppage after the 2010 season.
"If we get the owners and the GMs to kind of come to our agreement there won't be," he said. "There's a couple of demands they're looking for and some things we want done."
And if there is a stoppage?
"Well, we just drafted John Wall, [have] Gilbert Arenas, they're looking for kind of a power guard that can come in, get a little physical down low," he said. "I can go play with the Wizards if things don't really work out. Drop about 10, 15 basketball pounds...slap some boards a little bit, get up on the rim."
"You know, I still have a passion for the game," McNabb told Johnson. "I'm 33 going on 34, but I feel so young. A lot of things that we're doing here are [things] that I did early in my career, getting out on the corner, nakeds and keeps, and rolling out, and things of that nature. That's something that I did early in my career, and what that does now, that kind of rejuvenates your body....
"And when you see Brett [Favre] at 49, and still contemplating if he's coming back, going back to the high school and throwing and drinking some Geritol or getting some Tiger Balm, I feel like I'm about 21."
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