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Poll: Is the contract better news for Donovan McNabb or the Redskins?

By Cindy Boren

By Cindy Boren  | November 15, 2010; 4:07 PM ET
Categories:  Redskins  
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Posted by: BrooklynSkins | November 15, 2010 4:23 PM | Report abuse

It's a much better deal for McNabb....Hope the skins don't come to regret it.

Posted by: fuahi | November 15, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

Clearly DM5. He's had a terrible 1st half of a season and that kind of scratch for a 34 yr old middling QB is ridiculous.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 15, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

what a dumb poll.

Posted by: heatseeker690069 | November 15, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

I love McNabb as much as any Skins fan, but this is one of the worst moves in franchise history. We paid at least $30M too much. He would not have sniffed half this money from any other franchise. Another major setback, I cannot believe that Allen agreed to this?

Posted by: SkinsWins | November 15, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

Well, thank heavens the Skins have a new FO with restraint. /sigh

More than three years at real QB money is crazy.

Posted by: WorstSeat | November 15, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

Same old thing years after years, over paid for over the hill player.

Posted by: mho101 | November 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

GREAT MOVE for the Redskins. Mark Rypien is the last five year starter for the Redskins. Stability Stability Stability.
NOW they can focus on building a stronger more consistent offensive line, running game, and receiving corp around a leader.

Posted by: showell81 | November 15, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Another over-the-hill player loots Danny-boy's wallet. So much for the Deadskins in the next decade. After all, they lost to the Lions who lost to the Bills...

Posted by: BigTrees | November 15, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Ha. Haha. Hahahahahahahahaha.

I'd laugh 79 million times if I could. The poor Indians who sold Manhattan Island for $24 in trinkets are laughing at this one. They are finally off the hook.

Posted by: mackwheaton | November 15, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

This deal is a DISASTER for the Skins. It reeks of your typical Danny Snyder PR move. Now they can trot it out on MNF tonight and squelch all of the controversy about the benching, black QB's, etc. That's what's important though, right? Not winning football games or building a championship caliber organization, that's for damned sure...

Posted by: chombie13 | November 15, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

DM5 would be a whole lot better woth strong o-line. Donavan, do the damn thang!!

Posted by: webbslinger56 | November 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

Snyder, a simple apology for the benching would have done it..You didnt have to give him $78 million to make it right

Posted by: detroitblkmale30 | November 15, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

I'll take the minority position - it's better for the team. We must soon start mentoring up a young QB through draft, or otherwise. If you think that a major contribution to the difference between the the Atlanta Vick and the one in Philly now isn't due in part Donovan's mentoring, you're nuts.

Posted by: fr3dmars | November 15, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

wow, 25% of people thought the Redskins made out on this deal? Man the Redskins just will not relinquish the title of worst franchise in sports. Not NFL...SPORTS!

Posted by: bowie2000 | November 15, 2010 5:00 PM | Report abuse

Does this means its okay for McNabb to continue to play poorly. This stinks! Now we are stuck with an aging, inaccurate QB for the next 2-3 years. So much for trying to get a franchise QB for the future. The public outrage over benching a poor playing QB was too much for the the ownership.

For the fans that would still like to see the skins play well, have winning seasons, and some respect in the league, SORRY! Are the McNabb lovers going to continue to cheer as he continues to miss open receivers?

Posted by: dwhitemd | November 15, 2010 5:03 PM | Report abuse

What does it mean to "Guarantee" $40 million of it when there is a lockout on the horizon?

This has got to be a weird time for agents, players, and GMs when no one knows how the pending labor fight will play out. I'm sure that contract is riddled with so many "what-if" contingencies that very little is paid before they renegotiate or rip it up.

Posted by: cballer | November 15, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

McNabb "mentoring up" a young QB - now that's laughable. "Hey youngster watch me throw this pass - whoops that one's in the dirt, but you get the idea"


Posted by: dwhitemd | November 15, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: heatseeker690069
"what a dumb poll."

What a dumb response to a dumb poll about a dumb contract extension.

Posted by: jeadpt | November 15, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

methinks shanny may have been surprised by this, too

Posted by: j762 | November 15, 2010 5:16 PM | Report abuse

this team will never get better while dan snyder is the owner.

Posted by: MalcolmYoung | November 15, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Congratulations, Mr. McNabb. I think this deal is ridiculous and hate that you're going to be a Redskin for the next five years, but if they're willing to give you this sort of money good on you.

We have the second-worst front office in all of sports (NOBODY can take the throne away from Al Davis and the Raiders), and that's not going to change until Danny sells the team.

Posted by: wahoo2x | November 15, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

They should've waited until the end of the season. At least look on the Free Agent Market for quality QBs. As a Redskins fanatic, I see too many contracts get signed in this City and the player don't perform. I think of Haynesworth, Arenas, Stasburg; or they sign the big contract and end up with injuries, do something stupid, get lazy....etc.

Posted by: clifton3 | November 15, 2010 5:29 PM | Report abuse

I can only hope his play will improve with contract security and (in the future) an improved offensive line. The amount of money is disturbing for a guy who laughs off incomplete pass after incomplete pass.

Posted by: murrayh | November 15, 2010 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Mcnabb was finished in Philly. More of the same with Dan Snyder!

Posted by: jb01 | November 15, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Well, now what ya gonna do about the OLINE?

What ya gonna do about Prince Shanahan and his effed up playcalling?

What ya gonna do, wait on Malcolm Kelly yet ANOTHER year?

And what about a quality backup? Rex is garbage.

Posted by: kahlua87 | November 15, 2010 5:47 PM | Report abuse

I think they over paid, but I'm glad we have him. Read Boswell's column. He really does nail it. This effectively puts an end, too, to the benching controversy.

Posted by: monk4hall | November 15, 2010 5:49 PM | Report abuse

Huge mistake by the Skins. They should have given him the rest of the season to prove he can learn the entire playbook and run the 2 min offense. The Eagles knew what they were doing when they dumped him. The complaints that the Shanahans had about McNabb are the same ones that Philly dealt with for years.

Posted by: CadillacJack | November 15, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

This is a GR8 move, recreational fans may not understand but this move not only gives us a Pro-bowl QB, but someone to groom the NEXT QB. it is amazing to me how fans wanna WIN, WIN, WIN but dont want to put in the work in order to be successful. It takes time to build a perennial powerhouse, I'd much rather the Skins do it right so we can re-establish the winning tradition i grew up watching and supporting, than just be good enough to sniff the playoffs for a year or two then right back in the cellar. Run DMc has had a terrible 1st half but I'm guessing things will only get better. Next up some linemen and at least 1 solid WR, then some solid db/safety support, then some catching classes for Rodgers, LOL....seriously.

Posted by: antlyve78 | November 15, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Neion Deion, Mark Carrier, Bruce Smith, Jeff George, Dana Stubblefield, Big Daddy Wilkinson, Jason Taylor, ad nauseam. This team will never be any good.

Posted by: laud001 | November 15, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Apparently this contract has been on the table since October. Donovan came to his senses and realized he needed to sign it before the game tonight. If he plays bad tonight, the contract starts diminishing.
Dumb move on our part.

Why can't we develop a good young quarterback. And Campbell doesn't count. Because he's only servicable.

Posted by: cwhiteco | November 15, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

You must think we are as dumb as Dan, asking who got the best of that deal. Unless they are so pissed at McNab they want to bench him for 5 and a half seasons, McNab, Wise, and Wilbon, played 4 race aces and won big

Posted by: NICKYNUNYA | November 15, 2010 6:26 PM | Report abuse

Snyder's prints are all over this one. What a crock. Same ol' Foreskins, nothing will ever change with this team.

Posted by: namelsac1 | November 15, 2010 6:31 PM | Report abuse

The only reason McNabb is getting the votes is bc of the amount of money the player recieves. This is the best signing that the Skins have had since Portis and Taylor. He is a Pro that brings leadership and game-changing capabiltites. Do not think the Skins will not go out and get Mallet or Locker in the draft bc of this signing. Look at Rodgers after Farve, Kolb and Vick after McNabb & Rivers after Brees. These teams did not have to bear a 20 INT season for thse guys to grow. This sets up Washington to have other Pros join the TEAM. On sirius radio Housh-yo-mama admitted to first wanting to play for the Skins. Players love QBs who will let the ball go and Shanahan will build the OL so McNabb can be comfortable. There is a very deep FA class upon us, so with an established QB, the Skins will have a barganing chip. Come on, who doesn't want McNabb to get his ring. Go Skins!

Posted by: allens11 | November 15, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

And to "SkinsWins", who says all 'Skins fans "love" McNabb? I hated this move from the day it happened simply because he's an Eagle and always will be in any real 'Skins fans' eyes.

Posted by: namelsac1 | November 15, 2010 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable but not shocking whatsoever. It really doesn't matter who manages or coaches this squad, thay will NEVER go deep into the playoffs or sniff a Super Bowl. A complete waste of two high draft picks. Again, shocker there. McNabb isn't accurate, has lost two steps, and makes poor decisions at critical times. There is a reason Andy Reid let him go to a division rival. This a a sad day for 'Skins fans.

Posted by: RunninUteDB | November 15, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Great move for the Redskins. I don't get how so many fans think this is a bad move. It stabilizes the Skins at QB while we groom a rookie QB that we get in the draft. McNabb will be a great mentor for the next QB.

Posted by: Goss1 | November 15, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Have to say that while I agree that it sounds like way too much money and the time period is rather long for an "older" player, I think Donovan McNabb is a quality player and quality person - something we need. After watching Jason Campbell, I am relieved to have a QB with experience even if he is in the twilight of his career.

Posted by: sjantsch | November 15, 2010 7:15 PM | Report abuse

I am a former NFL pro scout and I will tell you this move is absolute insanity and further illustrates the real problem, sub-par scouting and deception.

The most common mistake in the National Football League is below average evaluators paying a player based on what he was in the past. This isn't the McNabb of 10 years ago. This is an aging quarterback on the backside of his career who has been statistically average this season. That's what the game check should be based on.

I don't have a problem with Donovan McNabb. I want to make that clear. I wouldn't object signing him to a reasonable extension of say, 2 years worth 10 million. However, signing him to Tom Brady type money without getting Tom Brady type results is not smart, unless the true motivation is not winning Super Bowls?

Marketing. Marketing. Marketing. Deception. Deception. Deception.

Money is the name of the game.

Shame on the Redskins fan base for being so easily deceived time and time and time again. Jack Kent Cooke, Bobby Beathard, nor Joe Gibbs would never throw on their #5 jerseys and buy this ticket without a second thought.

This will continue until the fanbase finally sees this for what it is, unites and takes action. Boycott buying the tickets and buying the overpriced merchandise. That will get his attention. Demand top evaluators. Demand a new cutting edge head coach instead of picking one out of the recycling bin.

The people have the power to stop this madness. We're the ones footing the bill. We're the one's by doing so are endorsing these types of moves.

Basing the future on the past. That's been the battle cry now for 12 years. BIG names past their primes sell jerseys, but they sure don't win championships. The track record speaks for itself.

Come to think of it, deep down, I don't feel winning has ever been the name of the game for Mr. Snyder. Actions speak louder than words. 2+2 doesn't equal 5.

The Redskins do however have an average operating income of $77 million dollars over the past five seasons, which is the highest in the NFL. They are also one of the most valuable sports teams in America. Ahhh, now it's starting to make sense.

You tell me, what's this really all about?

Posted by: Redskindan44 | November 15, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

What a waste of money. This bum is in the twilight of his career..was this Allen's idea or Snyder's? It's Snyder's money to waste if he wants to, but the money could be better spent on some much needed linemen. You don't waste that kind of money on a caretaker QB because the 'Skins won't be in shouting distance of the playoffs while McNabb is stil playing.
Know who's really pissed? The other NFL owners wwho will really have to pony up for Peyton and other front line QB's as their contracts expire.
Then again, if next season is a strike year maybe McNobb's contract will never be paid. Maybe that's the reasoning.
We need Jason back.

Posted by: markappraiser1 | November 15, 2010 7:38 PM | Report abuse

Dear rednecks: It's Snyder's money, not yours. Last time I looked, Snyder hadn't missed any tackles, fumbled, thrown any INT's, pooched any passes, given up any get the idea. Put the blame on the bums on the field, where it belongs.

Posted by: markappraiser1 | November 15, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

5 years? I don't see him making it through the game tonight!!!!!!!!

Posted by: gwest1 | November 15, 2010 7:44 PM | Report abuse

I'll never understand why fans care so much about Dan Snyder's money. The money doesn't matter. They always work around any cap issues. If the team lost McNabb it would have been a total disaster. This can only be good for the team, even if he can't drag them into a being a winner before he retires. It was very, very important to keep him. 75% already hating? Ridiculous.

Posted by: bigfoot1 | November 15, 2010 7:51 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins get equal benefit out of this deal only if:
• He can block (he does kind of look like an offensive lineman — maybe one more meal and he's there, but I'm sure the team expects him to get leaner as he gets oooooooold, just like the rest of us do)
• He can catch
• He can teach receivers to come back toward the ball
• He can coach this team
• He can create some kind of a rushing attack
• He can punt
• He can orchestrate a draft (unless of course picks are traded away for aging veterans on the downside of their careers)
• He can get benched for not knowing the offense/being out of shape/not having cardiovascular fitness/having hamstring issues ... AND THEN PARLAY IT INTO A RIDICULOUS CONTRACT EXTENSION

Nice going, Egohan

Posted by: DC2Dallas | November 15, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

And I thought needled$$k was going to let this coach run the team.....stupid me. What a joke.

Posted by: Son-of-Washington | November 15, 2010 11:30 PM | Report abuse

This team is minimum two years away before they rebuild both lines with young athletic players. You cannot get compensation if he's not under contract come draft day. If they decide to go that route and start from scratch w/ a kid at QB. P.S. Please release Galloway it's offensive to see him out there.

Posted by: MOJOMELE | November 16, 2010 8:23 AM | Report abuse

I didn't know Vinny was back and they were putting the "Vinny and Danny-Boy Show" back on the road?! Cancel my subscription, tickets, everything. The toilet is flushing, and the fans are getting the swirley!!

Posted by: 1of9000 | November 16, 2010 10:46 AM | Report abuse

GREAT MOVE for the Redskins. Mark Rypien is the last five year starter for the Redskins. Stability Stability Stability.
NOW they can focus on building a stronger more consistent offensive line, running game, and receiving corp around a leader.

I AGREE WITH ABOVE. McNabb's proven. It's all those around him that need to raise their game and it's going to take time.
But if Danny wants to sell the team I'm ok with that:-)

Posted by: jjj33 | November 16, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

Redskindan44 is right. Snyder is the one who signed McN. Allen and Shanny are puppets to a degree - a front. We'll watch things in the future and hope for better decisions. I know the offense is not all McN's fault, but he's not worth that kind of $. I say again (as I did a few days back) that we need to completely fix the O line first, then see about a QB, etc.

Posted by: hansonharley1 | November 16, 2010 4:42 PM | Report abuse

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