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Collective bargaining agreement complicates McNabb deal

By Jason Reid

The agent for Donovan McNabb disputed an ESPN report that the contract extension the quarterback agreed to Monday has been available to him for some time.

"Nah, that's not" accurate, Fletcher N. Smith III said while addressing reporters Monday night in the FedEx Field press box before the Redskins played the Philadelphia Eagles.

"In October, we were quite a ways away on average per year, as well as guarantees, as well as some of the language as well. We were working at it at that time. But, no, we weren't close to a deal in October."

ESPN's Adam Schefter, reported that sources familiar with the situation said the deal had been on the table for weeks. Initial reports indicated McNabb's five-year extension was worth $78 million, including $40 million guaranteed.

But a league source said the contract is structured in a way that McNabb is not guaranteed $40 million at the time of signing. And in an interview before the group session in the press box, Fletcher seemed to acknowledge that the reports of the $40 million guarantee were not accurate.

"Because of the uncertainty with the CBA [collective bargaining agreement] and the potential for a lockout, most of these deals are structured in the same way," Smith said. "It's no different from almost any other deal that's been negotiated since, I guess, the beginning of the season, really. So we kind of mirrored some of the language that's already been in place."

While meeting with the group, Fletcher seemed to indicate the deal has vesting options that would ultimately determine the final guarantee.

"Not many of these deals are guaranteed for skill at the time of signing, just because of the CBA and the uncertainty of the CBA," Smith said. "So most of them are locked in at a future date. That's just the nature of the beast given the CBA and the potential for a lockout next year."

Smith repeated that he remained confident McNabb would sign an extension despite the controversy stemming from Coach Mike Shanahan's decision to bench McNabb in the final 1 minute 50 seconds of the 37-25 loss to the Detroit Lions in Week 8.

"Donovan is a professional. This is not the first bit of adversity that he's had to deal with," Smith said. "And as you all saw, he handled it with much dignity and class, as he's done all of his career. So it was a small blip on the radar.

"We put it behind us. He put it behind him. I asked him if he wanted to be here, and he said that he loved it here, loves his teammates, loves the city and the fans have embraced him and the organization as well. As long as he was happy here, it made it easy for us to get it done."

Fletcher revealed that this was the "target week" to reach a deal. Eric Schaffer, Washington's vice president of football administration, primarily handled negotiations on behalf of the team, Smith said. Bruce Allen, executive vice president and general manager, "would drop in from time to time and add a few words."

By Jason Reid  | November 15, 2010; 8:43 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Comments

WOW! The Eagles deflated the REdskins ballon quickly!

Posted by: rusty6 | November 15, 2010 8:46 PM | Report abuse

WOW! The Eagles deflated the REdskins ballon quickly!

Posted by: rusty6 | November 15, 2010 8:47 PM | Report abuse

"Donovan is a professional. This is not the first bit of adversity that he's had to deal with," Smith said.
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Left unsaid by Smith, "Besides, what other owner would be foolish enough to make this kind of deal with Donovan at this stage of his career?"
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | November 15, 2010 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Here come the waves of "Here's why we suck" postings.....

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 15, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse

Can we get a holding call?

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 15, 2010 8:51 PM | Report abuse

Just saw a shot of Snyder. The man has no class, no decency or sense of proportion. Is his main job seriously owner of a football team? As I've said, this team or rather this owner delivers pain in new packages every single season. A tale of two qb's. And to top it all off, Snyder is an idiot.

Posted by: sugarstreet | November 15, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

Lots o hitting. No actual tackling.

Posted by: sugarstreet | November 15, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Eagles have the speed of an SEC team playing a WAC opponent.

Posted by: swowra | November 15, 2010 8:53 PM | Report abuse

Not "Here is why we suck"...Just "We Suck"...Same Old Redskins...

Posted by: WRBD | November 15, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

This is getting ugly already.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 15, 2010 8:54 PM | Report abuse

Safties playing 30 yds off the LOS and then rushing 3.

Why change the game plan from Week 3???????

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 15, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

I'm not happy.

Posted by: farstriker | November 15, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

No more three runs and a punt. This one will get out of hand quickly.

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | November 15, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Well that was easy. Looks like a long night in store. Guess I'll get drunk.

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 15, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

somebody needs to tell the Redskins they are allowed to play 11 guys on defense, the 8 they've got out there isn't enough

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 15, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I don't know - the Eagles look pretty fly and WAC to me. And I'm a huge SEC fan (RTR).

Posted by: sugarstreet | November 15, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

Getting ugly fast. We look lethargic coming out of the bye week.

Posted by: lordtwang | November 15, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I should be happy that I will be able to go to bed early....But I will stay up because I always have hope...And I need the Redskins to come back, so they can rip my heart out...

Posted by: WRBD | November 15, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

I have Vick starting as my FF QB tonight. 15.90 points already. I always win.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 15, 2010 8:56 PM | Report abuse

BWAAAAHHHHAAAHHHHAAAA!!!!

$40 million for what? LMFAO!!!

Posted by: MrIrvin88 | November 15, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Eagles have the speed of an SEC team playing a WAC opponent.

Posted by: swowra

You mean just a plain WACK opponent.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | November 15, 2010 8:57 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess Kerz. Tequila? Pass some this way.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 15, 2010 8:58 PM | Report abuse

WOW...Just WOW...SAD

Posted by: WRBD | November 15, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Here's why we suck

Different cast, same story.

End of story.

Posted by: sugarstreet | November 15, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

I also have Philly's D.

Winner?


MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Start the countdown for Andrew Luck AND Jim Harbaugh.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 15, 2010 8:59 PM | Report abuse

Fat Albert comes in and makes a play right off.

Posted by: NosferatusCoffin | November 15, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

Maybe we should play Haynesworth now??? Hmmmm?

Posted by: ZornInMySide | November 15, 2010 9:02 PM | Report abuse

I also have Philly's D.

Winner?


MEEEEEEEEEEEEE!

Start the countdown for Andrew Luck AND Jim Harbaugh.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl

You, sir, are a NERD.

Posted by: Kenbeatrizz | November 15, 2010 9:03 PM | Report abuse

Here's why we suck:
F it...not enough time to type all of that...we just do!!

Posted by: ZornInMySide | November 15, 2010 9:04 PM | Report abuse

scamp, tonight, if it's in the house, I will be drinking it if this keeps up.

Sheehs!!!

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 15, 2010 9:05 PM | Report abuse

52 - 7 Here it comes!

Posted by: ZornInMySide | November 15, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow, brutal..... we don't even look like we belong on the same field with them.

Thank goodness we aren't wearing burgundy pants or this would be really ugly.

Posted by: will_ga | November 15, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

if it's in the house, I will be drinking it if this keeps up.

Posted by: kerzon417 | November 15, 2010 9:05 PM

Drano on the rocks for everyone! I'm buying!

Posted by: beep-beep | November 15, 2010 9:07 PM | Report abuse

I'm not watching anymore of this sh!te.

Good luck peeps.
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Posted by: ifthethunderdontgetya | November 15, 2010 9:13 PM | Report abuse

Pathetic. Tired of being embarrassed week after week, year after year. McNabb's signing after being benched two weeks ago is my final straw.

Danny D-bag, you've killed my team and what I saw on TV the last hour is simply closure for me. Enjoy your fallen kingdom.

Over and out. Forever.

Posted by: kone | November 15, 2010 9:42 PM | Report abuse

Just Deplorable.

Its like I'm in some kind of time warp and Spurrier is coaching again.

Posted by: Defund_NPR | November 15, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

I'm halfway to drunk and now going for the kill to numb this HORROR SHOW!! NFL Draft only 5 months away! Hail!

Posted by: Capitalist-1 | November 15, 2010 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Ugly I know but...... if Superman wasn't their starting QB I see us winning this one.

Posted by: captmrgn03 | November 16, 2010 12:08 AM | Report abuse

Worst signing of the Decade, smells like Snyder had his hand in on this one. Another over the hill player signed to a big fat contract. Again the fans must pay and suffer through more of the same old same old ( mediocrity ). There is only one way to solve this problem, and that is to simply Boycot the Snyder ! Its a shame Fans of the decades must now suffer with this Sham of a team.

Posted by: ThrowItToMyTeam | November 16, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

This is how the fans are rewarded for the money paid to these players.Not be prepared is no excuse.Giving up an opening bomb to Deshawn Jackson is no excuse.Giving up all those yards on defense is no excuse.Fire Haslett and Kyle Shanahan.Hold Snyder completely liable for these failures and defrauding the public and the paying fans.Start by recinding McNabb's contract.So what about being sued by his agent for breach of contract,hold Snyder fully responsible for the cost.We do not deserve Albert Haynesworth lying on the field like a snake with its head cut off during a Vick scramble.No excuse,no excuse,no excuse.Where do we go from here?Who do we hold accountable on the field?Refund the ticket price charged to the fans.We don't deserve this.LaRon Landry keep your mouth shut before the game,unless you can back it up.Why did the Skins players give Vick(xcon)a big hug after destroying us.?This was the biggest wake up call in the history of this franchise.

Posted by: ruru2000 | November 16, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

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