McNabb: "I want to be here"
During his weekly appearance with David Aldridge on TBD, Donovan McNabb this week addressed his future in Washington yet again.
"I'll be here in D.C.," McNabb said, when asked about his expiring contract. "I'll be here. I look to be here for the next couple years and continue to grow with these guys, and be able to bring some consistency and some excitement to the D.C. area."
"So that's not going to change?" Aldridge asked.
"I hope not. I hope not," McNabb replied. "Because I love it here, and I think there's great things that can happen here. So we'll see what happens."
"Little news here on the Donovan McNabb Show," Aldridge proclaimed.
"Not really," McNabb said. "I said I want to be here. Don't start putting stuff out there. I want to be here."
Now, I love David Aldridge, but if this was news, I have a front-page headline: "Wizards to Draft John Wall, as GOP Looks to Reclaim the House."
McNabb has been uniformly consistently uniform on this matter since he was traded here in April. This was at least the 11th time either he or his agent has said that McNabb would like to remain in Washington. Just before he falls asleep every night, McNabb gazes in a mirror and says "I look forward to being here for years to come." He could be wearing purple and lining up under John Sullivan in Minneapolis next year, and he would still turn backwards and whisper to Adrian Peterson about how much he looks forward to staying in Washington.
Because I'm bored, here is a short history of McNabb saying he intends to stay in Washington. So when he says this again next week, and the week after, and the week after that, please don't be surprised.
And bear in mind, Donovan McNabb is not the person in charge of offering Donovan McNabb his next contract. Neither is he the person who just benched Donovan McNabb in favor of Rex Grossman.
April 6: "I do expect to be here, and that's the way that I've been preparing myself. I'm going to prepare myself to be here for years to come."
May 9: "The thing with me is I don't believe in trial runs. I'm here as a Redskin, and I would like to be here for years to come, and I look forward to that. The thing about it is preparing myself and settling in, learning this offense so that we can have a lot of success for the next couple years."
May 17: "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....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."
July 31, McNabb's Agent: "They didn't bring him here to keep him for this season and let him walk next season. At some point, we'll get to it. We're not in any rush, on our side anyway, and I don't think they are either. He likes it here. We hope that he'll be here for the long haul."
Aug. 17: "I'll be here with the Redskins for years. 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."
Aug. 17: "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 still got a lot of juice in their tank like myself."
Sept. 2, McNabb's Agent: "It is our desire to get a deal done in Washington....That hasn't changed. Donovan made it clear, I think, that he likes it there and would like to end his career there."
Sept. 7: "I want to be here for years. I moved my family here. This is obviously one that I feel like we can have a lot of success together for the next couple years. Why hasn't it happened? That's not one that I'm paying too much attention to. My focus right now is just getting the guys going and myself and getting out here and winning some ballgames and getting that excitement built back up here in the D.C. area. Will it happen? I hope so. I'm pretty sure it will. After that, then we'll move on. Tom Brady, I hear, is close to his deal, so everybody will follow suit."
Sept. 28: "I want to be here in Washington, and hopefully end my career here. A lot of exciting things and a lot of exciting players here....Like I've always said, I want to be here. I'm excited of being here and the opportunities that we have, and I think we can do some really good things here in Washington for this year and in years to come. So I want to be a part of that."
Oct. 27: "Things will happen....That's really nothing that I am concerned with at this particular point. That's something that my agent and Bruce [Allen, the Redskins general manager] and Dan [Snyder, the owner] and those guys have been talking about back and forth."
Nov. 2: "Both parties are communicating. It's not too much different than what's going on in Indianapolis right now....I said I'm 100 percent [staying in Washington]."
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