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Posted at 6:00 AM ET, 11/18/2010

Donovan McNabb's deal makes sense for him

By Jason Reid

During his weekly group interview session Wednesday, quarterback Donovan McNabb seemed a tad irritated when asked about the details of his contract extension.

On Monday, ESPN was the first to report that McNabb signed a five-year extension for $78 million, with $40 million guaranteed. But it was revealed Tuesday that only $3.5 million of the package is guaranteed. Also, Washington could sever ties with the six-time Pro Bowler after this season.

"Everyone's gonna try to nitpick about the contract or what's going on. That's none of my concern," he said. "Until people really, actually see the contract, then they'll know."

The Redskins could select a young quarterback in the 2011 draft and groom him to replace McNabb, possibly as early as next season. The Redskins have until the first game of the 2011 season to exercise their $10 million option.

From McNabb's standpoint, it made sense to sign the extension, even for relatively little guaranteed money.

Even if the Redskins release him after this season, he has received another $3.5 million. The 12-year veteran would become a free agent, enabling him to sign with another team and obtain another contract.

Moreover, the Redskins probably would have used the franchise tag on McNabb after the season, and his new deal will pay him about the franchise-tag number for 2011.

Everyone should be so disrespected.

By Jason Reid  | November 18, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Comments

Keim--

"Galloway did not run that route with any urgency and it showed; if I'm a QB, I'm ticked off. And I say that as an Ohio State alum who loved watching Galloway. But this is torture. He played little after that pass (if at all). That's it for my rant."


That's it? You call that a "rant"? Don't you come back to Redskins Insider bringing that weak shti if that's a "rant." You don't have a single word in all caps. You didn't have sex with Joey Galloway, his mother, his sister, his daughter, or his granddaughter. You didn't say anything about his job at Pizza Hut. You didn't use the words idiot or moron. You didn't change his name to Joey Go-away. Get out of here. We got no use for you, John Kreim.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 6:15 AM | Report abuse

Finally a contract done by the Skins where the player got the shaft no the team. Things are definatley changing for the better.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 18, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

Exactly Flound...I don't get why everyone is so up in arms over the contract when the Skins finally did a deal that doesn't blow out their cap for the next 5 years. Some people just look for ways to beat up on the Redskins...

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 18, 2010 6:40 AM | Report abuse

I think Galloway will be inactive this week or cut.

You have to bring these two WR's on the practice squad up and see what you have, I also think it's time to give someone else a shot at RT.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 18, 2010 6:48 AM | Report abuse

Flound, I'm all about getting younger but you also have to get BETTER. I get that Galloway is a waste of space, but it's kind of telling if these younger players can't beat him out. If Austin EARNS a spot on the active roster, I'm all for it. But if we're just throwing him out there to throw him out there that's not a good plan.

Of course, neither is any plan that involves putting Heyer on the field...such is the state of affairs in Ashburn...

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 18, 2010 6:56 AM | Report abuse

Flound, I'm all about getting younger but you also have to get BETTER. I get that Galloway is a waste of space, but it's kind of telling if these younger players can't beat him out. If Austin EARNS a spot on the active roster, I'm all for it. But if we're just throwing him out there to throw him out there that's not a good plan.

Of course, neither is any plan that involves putting Heyer on the field...such is the state of affairs in Ashburn...

Posted by: brownwood26


Yes,

some Skins fans have long thought we are a "good" coach or a couple good players away from contending. This team has starters at positions that on the contending teams they wouldnt even make the team! Again, it will take a few years to get better, no quick fixes here. Am impatient fan base gets what it deserves.

Posted by: 1965skinsfan | November 18, 2010 7:10 AM | Report abuse

I want McNabb here. I just wish we had a better line and a legit WR. We made a good pick in T. Williams at tackle but we need to keep drafting linemen to bolster this thing. They need to put Dockery back in too.

Posted by: FedorEm | November 18, 2010 7:11 AM | Report abuse

I don't understand the "bring 'em up and see what you got" logic. Don't the coaches watch them in practice everyday and see what they've got? Do we think that these guys are tearing it up in practice but the coaches are stubbornly refusing to improve the team?

Best assumption: If the players on your 53 man roster aren't any good, then the guys on your practice squad are worse.

Worst assumption: The guys on your practice squad are better than the guys on your roster, but the coaches don't care or are too busy watching film from last week's game to know it.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 18, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

I'm not saying that the practice squad players are any better but Galloway gives you knothing, and wont be here next year.

If you don't want to bring anyone up hell but BB16 over there and send him on go routes everydown. They would atleast have to cover him.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 18, 2010 7:29 AM | Report abuse

Easy win?: Skins v. Titans

Kerry Collins is out.

Vince Young is hurt.

Kenny Britt is out.

Will there be redemption this week in TENN and the following week home against the VIKES---another good, but underperforming team?

A win Sunday will put 59 smiles on this fan's face.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 18, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

Thank you again…Hell I thought I was watching the weather channel….High of 59 and a low of 28.
Jeesh!

Posted by: fat_back | November 18, 2010 7:39 AM | Report abuse

If you don't want to bring anyone up hell but BB16 over there and send him on go routes everydown. They would atleast have to cover him.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 18, 2010 7:29 AM


This is something I could get behind...a guy with that kind of speed and playmaking ability should at a bare minimum come in and run a couple go routes or reverses...it's kind of crazy not to get this kid on the field.

Beep, 100% agree...why people up here think practice squad guys in any way represents some sort of a fix is beyond me. I mean, practice squad guys are there because we didn't deem them good enough to make the 53 man roster and NONE of the other 31 teams in the league did either. A guy is on the p-squad for a reason...

Posted by: brownwood26 | November 18, 2010 7:49 AM | Report abuse

It sounds like it si a good contract for both parties and I agree with the guy who said it is about time for Washington to actually do a deal that makes sense. Let's face it folks, we can all praise the return of reason to the front office. Maybe the approach to free agency was a tad too conservative, because in hindsight, another offensive lineman or two would be most appreciated right about now, but the front office set the number and they were not going to overpay.

It does intrigue me as to how they will attack the offseason. Clearly, they have some guys that don't fit the scheme and who might have some trade value. Do the Redskins trade for players or picks? Will they hold onto some players because they simply won't get the value they expect or will they make some eleventh hour moves simply desiring to not be in a position where they would carry players who do not fit the scheme - kind of like this year.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 18, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

Easy win?: Skins v. Titans

Kerry Collins is out.

Vince Young is hurt.

Kenny Britt is out.


Will there be redemption this week in TENN and the following week home against the VIKES---another good, but underperforming team?

A win Sunday will put 59 smiles on this fan's face.

Posted by: MistaMoe | November 18, 2010 7:31 AM | Report abuse

I hope so. I think we win this game, get to 5-5.

We're still in this thing.

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 18, 2010 7:57 AM | Report abuse

RedskinHead...

I agree. I think this deal is a good one for both sides and one that demonstrates better front office business than years past.

I don't think this FO has received enough credit for it's personnel approach. We have a ton of holes, but rather than sepnd a ton of money, in an uncapped season, on high priced free agents, we found veterans and cheap free agents. They are less talented, but are stopgap depth players.

For years, we've been screaming for this team to find those late round or undrafted "diamonds in the rough" and we've got Anthony Armstong, who is problaby a solid #2 or #3 receiver and Brandon Banks.

We only had 5 picks this past season so hopefully we can see this roster overhauled in the next two seasons.

I think to rebuild this team, we need a combination of drafting well and smart free agency.

Posted by: rickyroge | November 18, 2010 8:08 AM | Report abuse

Snyder Beeps

Posted by: iH8dallas | November 18, 2010 8:12 AM | Report abuse

I hope so. I think we win this game, get to 5-5....We're still in this thing.

Well, until the last game of the year, all teams are in it, aren't they?

I think the redskins will shake off Monday Nite's Philthy beatdown and execute whatever scheme changes the team put into place over the BYE.

Wins against the titans/vikes are doable.


Posted by: MistaMoe | November 18, 2010 8:16 AM | Report abuse

I love Dan Snyder's new approach. Let the guy be. We have a lot of holes. OLINE, WR, RB on Offense. Wished we would have stayed 4-3 a la Gregg Williams. Would be sitting in a much better position. Oh well, we are rebuilding from ten years. Give it time. If we go 8-8, then that is 100 percent more wins.

Posted by: lavararrington | November 18, 2010 8:26 AM | Report abuse

Finally a contract done by the Skins where the player got the shaft no the team. Things are definatley changing for the better.

Posted by: Flounder21 | November 18, 2010 6:16 AM | Report abuse

??

How did the player get the shaft in this deal?

We are going to give DMac another $3.5 mill on top of what he was already making this year.

What exactly are we walking away with? The option to part ways with him after this season? We already had that option available and didn't have to pay $3.5 mill to get it.

Posted by: p1funk | November 18, 2010 8:32 AM | Report abuse

p1funk,

McNabb did not get shafted in this contract. But neither did the Redskins. By giving him the 3.5 mil they now own his rights. If they don't want him and someone like the Vikes or Arizona does than we can trade him to recoup at least one of the picks we got for him. This deal covered both parties fairly. It is the kind of deal that would have saved the Skins a lot of headaches if we had done in the past.

Posted by: B2WIN | November 18, 2010 8:46 AM | Report abuse

Essentially what they did is say, "Let's pretend we bargained up until the deadline, and put the equivalent situation in writing."

But, as B2WIN points out, McNabb's NFL rights now belong to the Skins, not McNabb. I don't know that this is McNabb's best move. Though Mr. Mayor is surprisingly insightful when he says this is the same as franchising him...

... except that now the Skins can also franchise someone else.

Posted by: WorstSeat | November 18, 2010 9:11 AM | Report abuse

People really, really are missing the point here by a freakin mile! Its the OL stupid! And it is the fact that we don't have a #1 WR on this team and have not since Art Monk.... Am I the only one that remembers how our team used to function in the 80s and early 90s? Strong OL play, a big strong possesion WR and 2 small wrs that no one could catch. We currently have 2 wrs that no one can keep up with but because Devin Thomas cares more about Modeling and Malcolm Kelly isn't healthy enough to run a lap around the track we are stuck.

We were also hurt because last year was an uncapped year. For those of you who forget, that made every young talented player who had been in the league 5 years or less a restricted free agent instead of unrestricted. If we wanted Brandon Marshall we would have had to traded the picks that we traded to get Donovan McNabb and judging on what Marshall is doing in Miami I'd pass on that also. We really didn't have any better options than McNabb out there, we also didn't have a lot of good options at WR either. Galloway was brought in because he can stretch the D, which he can do, but AAA can do that also, so Galloway has become an afterthought. My parents are from his hometown but I do realize that his days are numbered and we need to bring up Terrance Austin to take his place on the roster. When we do that either Roydell Williams,Austin, Banks would be our #3. Roydell is not a great WR but I have to believe he runs better routes than cousin Joey because with Vince Young as his QB he caught 50 balls in 07 before breaking his ankle. R

Regardless of that fact, we couldn't upgrade in free agency without giving up multiple draft picks or we couldn't draft a wr because we needed an upgrade at QB and at OL we were STUCK! We also had 2 bums we were stuck with from White Shirt Vinny that set this franchise back years! It is all a process, right now we are what we though we were, a 7 to 9 win team. We aren't as bad as we showed monday night but in no way could we ever put up 40 or 50 pts like the eagles.

This will change for this team but we have to believe in ShanAllen and we must be paitent with Donovan, when the Man had protection this team was winning. Now that he doesn't have protection he looks like the second coming of Jason Campbell from last year.... go figure. We can hardly run or pass because we don't have the horses up front to get it done. I hope you all understand out main problem on this team is OL and DL. We should get a FA WR like VJax, Floyd, Jacoby or James Jones and hope Armstong develops more and Kelly. Then resign Moss. If we do those things and get 4 new interior lineman that are capable of STARTING and not being back ups in the NFL then we will win 9 or 10 games every year, but until we do that, we are going to be mediocre like we have been since 93.

Posted by: avbanig | November 18, 2010 1:13 PM | Report abuse

defensively, one of the big problems was that we got away from the blitz for a few games because we got burned a couple of times in the first few games. Anytime a def coordinator has to change his fundamental approach, he's now operating in an area of discomfort.

That being said, I like Haslett's overall aggressive attacking philosophy but its obvious that we are lacking at least one quality linebacker and our front four isn't doing its job very well. Combine that with the lack of free safety support and its not surprising we're getting toasted here and there.

My wish would be to keep this attacking philosophy in place and attempt to fix the personnel, not the scheme.

And McDummy still sucks. Can't wait to see him gone after this season. Absolute waste of 2 high draft picks. Thanks Mike.

Posted by: cstanton1 | November 18, 2010 1:14 PM | Report abuse

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