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Kornheiser, Wilbon on McNabb contract extension

By Dan Steinberg

(By Matt Terl - Redskins Blog)


This is Donovan McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, addressing the media in the FedEx Field press box on Monday night. I guess this is sort of a big deal.

Also, a couple of PTI hosts talked about the contract extension.

"You said there was no way McNabb would ever play for the Redskins next season, so what do you make of this?" Tony Kornheiser asked Michael Wilbon.

"I was wrong," Wilbon said. "And McNabb is rich. Richer. Rich again. The thing is, McNabb should do this, because when people put $40 million guaranteed in front of you, you say thank you very much. The problem is the Redskins haven't known what they're doing in so long, it's impossible -- because of the Redskins track record in terms of management, in terms of trades, signings -- to ever think they've done the right thing."

"Explain this to me," Kornheiser responded. "He's gonna be 34 in about 10 days. He's deteriorating. His statistics are bad this year. In eight games, he's got 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. In the second halves, he bounces the ball. He's still a very good quarterback, but he's not gonna get younger. Why would they do this? Why wouldn't you wait, on both sides, till the end of the season?"

"Well," said Wilbon, "if you're McNabb, you've got a possible lockout year coming, and you've got an uncertain market, where you don't even know if these kinds of contracts are gonna be out there."

"Why wouldn't the Redskins wait?" asked Kornheiser.

"They should," agreed Wilbon. "Why would you do this, with a quarterback that you benched? You're not gonna tell me this was a public relations massage, are you?"

"You know what, I wouldn't be that cynical, though I might think that," Tony said. "But I think the effect on this town, on Washington, D.C., with that benching and that humiliation and the sort of racial politics that wafted around, that somebody said let's get together and show everybody....Mike Shanahan had to sign off, his son Kyle had to sign off, and Donovan McNabb had to say throw me more money, because we concede, it makes no team for the football team. For that length of time? This is a wow."

"They don't do the right thing for the last 11 years, Tony," Wilbon agreed. "This is a big wow."

Pretty sure "damned if you do, damned if you don't" was invented for the Donovan McNabb contract extension.

By Dan Steinberg  | November 15, 2010; 7:59 PM ET
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Comments

Think Juwan Howard...

Posted by: teschiedel | November 15, 2010 8:40 PM | Report abuse

Think Juwan Howard

Posted by: teschiedel | November 15, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I think this is simply a public relations move after the benching and post-game circus of comments. Only the Redskins (Snyder) would spend $40 million to "fix" a public relations issue. This organization has 1 playoff win in the past 17 years. Did everyone expect that the Redskins would suddenly utilize a rational decision making process instead of the usual dysfunction?

Posted by: terpfan11 | November 15, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Absolutely insane. Beyond insane.

Oh, and like McNabb wouldn't have signed for $72 million? What a joke.

I can't believe I fell for the whole Allen/Shanahan revolution nonsense. Snyder the idiot is in charge, same as he ever was.

Posted by: spunkydawg1 | November 15, 2010 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Gee, with the score only 28-0 Eagles with 1:55 to go in the first quarter, can't help but think, Hey $40M, what a bargain (if you're a Dallas fan)...What a goat rope.

Posted by: crazy2day | November 15, 2010 9:24 PM | Report abuse

spunkydawg1,

Shanahan won only one playoff game the last ten years he coached in Denver. Bruce Allen had a losing record in the one place (Tampa) he was GM before coming to D.C. Both men were fired from their last jobs.

The mystery is why most professional sports journalists, who surely knew these things, exploded with optimism when Snyder hired Shanahan and Allen.

Another mystery was the excitement over the McNabb trade. Playing behind a much better offensive line in Philadelphia last year, he generated roughly the same stats as Jason Campbell, who had to run for his life all season. Why did most people expect McNabb to be a major upgrade?

Posted by: scrutineer | November 15, 2010 10:57 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell... 5-2 in games he's appeared in for the Oakland Raiders this season.

Posted by: Kev29 | November 15, 2010 11:25 PM | Report abuse

I think this is simply a public relations move after the benching and post-game circus of comments. Only the Redskins (Snyder) would spend $40 million to "fix" a public relations issue. This organization has 1 playoff win in the past 17 years. Did everyone expect that the Redskins would suddenly utilize a rational decision making process instead of the usual dysfunction?

Posted by: terpfan11 | November 15, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

*Only a Redskins fan would be so detached from reality that they'd seriously believe his team spent $40 million on a player to fix public relations.

*Only a Redskins fan would say we've won 1 playoff game in 17 years, when that number is incorrect.

When did you become a fan, January 2006?

Posted by: Barno1 | November 16, 2010 12:33 AM | Report abuse

Michael Wilbon, Nov. 1: "I don't believe for a second Donovan McNabb's gonna be here next year now. Not a second. Done."

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"Arenas will never play for the Wizards again. No more Agent Zero heating up hibachi-style at Verizon Center. It's over...Soon enough, the divorce will be official, each party will have another chance to get on with their lives and we'll find out whether either can do better the next time."-Mike Wilbon

Posted by: Barno1 | November 16, 2010 12:43 AM | Report abuse

I could suck just as bad as McNabb and I'd do it for less than half the price.

Posted by: Ve1ostrummer | November 16, 2010 12:56 AM | Report abuse

I've seen this McNabb stuff in Philly for years, from a unbiased point a view, since I was not an Eagles' fan. The national media only has praise for McNabb. Kornheiser, in this article, after saying McNabb is deteriorating and his stats are bad, still says that he's a very good QB. NOT HE'S NOT!!! In the early 2000's, when the Eagles biggest strength was its defense, McNabb could run, and create some big plays. And I know he went to 5 conference championship games (lost 4 and was favored in 3, and basically played poorly), but the NFC was weak, especially in the early 2000's, and with their defense it was a cakewalk to the NFC championship. The Eagles always blew out bad teams and padded stats. For any defender of McNabb, go check what he has done in the 4th quarter of close games. This guy has been overblown for years and the Redskins just proved that they may be the stupidest sports franchise in existence (including the LA Clippers).

Posted by: mpersicketti | November 16, 2010 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Smells Like Snyder !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | November 16, 2010 8:49 AM | Report abuse

Smells Like Snyder !

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | November 16, 2010 8:50 AM | Report abuse

Barno1, I stand corrected, good catch. I believe 2 playoff wins in the past 17 years, in 2000 and 2006.

As for the $40 million, take the timing for what it is worth. My feeling is that they rushed this along after the public relations issue and it smells like a $40 million apology.

That being said, a case can certainly be made that there may not be other effective QB options available the next year or so via draft or free agency so McNabb is a reasonable lock in for the next few years.

Posted by: terpfan11 | November 16, 2010 9:47 AM | Report abuse

I think it's great for McNabb and the Redskins. Now what Snyder needs to do pronto is get a top-notch offensive line. No QB can be truly effective if he is always rushed or running for his life. Just look at the difference in Jason Campbell's stats this year with better offensive line protection. McNabb is a true star in the league. With better players surrounding him in offense - and an overhauled defense - the Redskins have a real chance to go far in the next few years. But Snyder needs to open his wallet and get some equally high caliber supporting players for McNabb.

Posted by: uofmdgrad | November 16, 2010 10:12 AM | Report abuse

Just one more nail in the coffin. Until Danny leaves, the product will be bad. I believe Shanahan has lost this team. Danny always hires management and players that have their best behind them or creates an atmosphere that they cannot perform to expectations.

Posted by: dave91 | November 16, 2010 10:23 AM | Report abuse

The only people who say this is a good move by the Foreskins, other than the ESPN guys who praise anything (Favre), are the people talking on the airwaves owned by Lil' Danny. This move is being roundly ridiculed in every other NFL city. Enjoy not getting markedly better over the next 2 or 3 years.

Posted by: cao091402 | November 16, 2010 10:49 AM | Report abuse

There comes a time when even a lifelong die hard stops caring.I think I've reached that point. If Donovan was embraced,deservedly so,now he's become a target,the focus of the latest debacle. This is so wrong on so many levels I can't even wrap my thoughts around it. It would have been a lot cheaper for Shanny to apologize and to fire Kyle. And Haslett too,for that matter.

Posted by: ridgely1 | November 16, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice the blatant holding on the Eagles' first and third TDs of the game? Sure, we probably still lose and lose convincingly, but that doesn't mean it's ok that the refs didn't make those calls. And I am sick of people saying there is holding on every NFL play--that is a silly myth. But there was blatant holding on 2 of their early TDs.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 16, 2010 11:38 AM | Report abuse

Did anyone else notice the blatant holding on the Eagles' first and third TDs of the game? Sure, we probably still lose and lose convincingly, but....

Posted by: Barno1

Hahahahaa. "Probably still lose"? Hahahahaha.

Posted by: capscapscaps2 | November 16, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

caps guy, I noticed you cut out the second half of my sentence when you quoted me. Why would you cut out the part where I said "and lose convincingly"? Ohhhhh....that's right...because then your smart *ss comment wouldn't have made any sense.

Posted by: Barno1 | November 16, 2010 12:57 PM | Report abuse

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