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Donovan McNabb's guaranteed money: $3.5 million

By J.I. Halsell

Despite reports that quarterback Donovan McNabb's contract extension is worth $78 million, with $40 million guaranteed, a league source says the deal contains no guaranteed money beyond the current year.

The Redskins veteran will receive $3.5 million through the new deal's signing bonus, in addition to his $5 million base salary and a $6.2 million roster bonus, for a total of $14.7 million this year, the source said.

Beyond 2010, there is nothing to protect McNabb from being cut by the team. He does have a $10 million 2011 option bonus that the club reserves the right to exercise up until the first game of the 2011 season, but there's no assurance that the Redskins will do so and no financial assurance that McNabb would receive the $10 million if they choose to cut him.

McNabb does have salary guarantees against injury from 2011 through 2014 that total $34.75 million. When one totals the $3.5 million of new money coming via the signing bonus and the injury guarantees, the deal could be considered a $38.25 million guarantee.

But the Redskins can release McNabb after the 2010 season and be off the hook for the $34.75 million injury guarantees. The true guarantee for McNabb on this deal is $3.5 million.

The total package value of the deal is $74.25 million (not $78 million); $42.75 million of which can be earned over the first three years of the deal (2011-2013). McNabb also has $13.25 million in incentives that could take the total value to $88 million, although that is highly unlikely.

The Redskins and McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith III, have declined to disclose the terms of the deal.

One way to view this contract is that the Redskins can continue to search for their next quarterback with minimal financial risk. If they find that quarterback during the coming offseason and feel comfortable with him taking the reins in 2011, the team can terminate McNabb with a loss of just $3.5 million.

If the Redskins find a new quarterback and feel they're not ready until 2012, then McNabb can make $16.25 million of new money between the rest of 2010 and the 2011 season. That sum for one new year under contract is significant, because it's roughly what the franchise tag number in 2011 would be. So McNabb gains nothing there by doing this deal.

By J.I. Halsell  | November 16, 2010; 11:40 AM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Next we'll read that McNabb is paying the 'Skins for the honor of being here, plus weekly rent on his locker and parking space.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 16, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

gee - i broke this story on RI about an hour ago when it was posted in espn. what a worthless site

Posted by: 4SkinzForever | November 16, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Next we'll read that McNabb is paying the 'Skins for the honor of being here, plus weekly rent on his locker and parking space.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 16, 2010 11:44 AM
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Man, that's the same deal Roydell Williams got...

Posted by: RedSkinHead | November 16, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

Well, now I guess Vick can't justify a gazillion dollar contract as easily...

Posted by: Alan4 | November 16, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

With so many holes on this team (especially the lines) and the fact that they gave up draft picks for McNabb, made his resigning a no brainer. Give the man a decent O line and he'll pay dividends. He's not a top 5 QB, but he's better then any FA that will be available next year and they still have the option of drafting a QB. Shanny needs to take a LOT of blame for even thinking about going to a 3-4 with the personnel. He's never had great defenses and he should have left well enough alone.

Posted by: ga8085 | November 16, 2010 11:49 AM | Report abuse

No, beep. Next we'll read that the Redskins are 50-50 to play against the Titans.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse

gee - i broke this story on RI about an hour ago when it was posted in espn. what a worthless site

Posted by: 4SkinzForever

Sure, but did you have the expert analysis that J Reid copy pasted here?

/sarcasm

Posted by: rexforab | November 16, 2010 11:50 AM | Report abuse


Clinton Portis says he's '50-50' to play against Tennessee Titans
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does this mean clinton is at 50%

Posted by: hessone | November 16, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

I think it's amazing that DM would sign a contract like this. It doesn't protect him at all.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | November 16, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

No, beep. Next we'll read that the Redskins are 50-50 to play against the Titans.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 16, 2010 11:50 AM

That's tomorrow when stat man returns. There's still several posts today after the Shanahan news conference. "Shanahan embarrassed by loss." "Haslett embarrassed by loss." "Jim Zorn lovin' it."

Posted by: beep-beep | November 16, 2010 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Ok.

Win - Win....Cam Newton - 2nd round...Keep MCNabb for 2 more years....

Pencil it in!

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 16, 2010 11:56 AM | Report abuse

Well, I'd rather have a root canal than watch something like that again...

...and it doesn't get much easier with TN coming up. I'd say we'll learn a little bit about this team when they play that game after this debacle.

Shanahan did the right thing. He took the blame, which as HC with two weeks to get ready he should, but also stated a fact of life in the NFL: "It happens".

"It" especially happens when all of your weaknesses are exposed while the other team is playing a near flawless game. Truth is, they have lots of work to do on the roster.

Posted by: shaunsherman12 | November 16, 2010 12:00 PM | Report abuse

I get the points about little financial guarantees and making this like signing him to a Franchise tender, but the problem with that logic is simple, he isn't worth that. McNabb will make now $14.7 million this year, which is $10 million more than Jason Campbell makes. I know for a fact we could have lost that bad with Campbell at the helm. We are essentially giving McNabb a bonus for being vastly worse than we thought (or what we had).

Posted by: Steveo11 | November 16, 2010 12:01 PM | Report abuse

I think it's amazing that DM would sign a contract like this. It doesn't protect him at all.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | November 16, 2010 11:54 AM

Mike Wilbon, John Feinstein, Mike Wise will explain it all for us later: racism.

He didn't have any contract going into a potential lockout. He hasn't played well. He really doesn't have much leverage.

All of the "This is the work of Snyder" guys need to explain these numbers. Snyder would have caved and put the $40 million up front as a signing bonus.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 16, 2010 12:02 PM | Report abuse

sorry you missed my point, buster

Posted by: skinpig | November 16, 2010 11:46 AM | Report abuse

For us to miss your point you'd have to actually be making a point. All you are doing is overreacting to one game. Your theories are all over the road.

To recap, you believe:

Shanahan is one and done in DC.

Snyder forced the Mcnabb extension on his SB winning coach and respected GM

Snyder is catering to the wealthy African-American fan base in DMV above all else- including his team's future and present stability.

Snyder has not changed at all over the last 11 years.

I understand being upset about that game but you are regressing into the dark ages of Redskins football. Have you even read the contract extension? It was a shrewd move by the Redskins on almost every level!

Again, to spell it out for you...This team could not have been a contender this year had Vince Lombardi incarnate taken over with a 30 year old Joe Montana and Jerry Rice on the roster.

We have a horrible interior line on both sides, a new defensive scheme and new leadership at almost every level of the franchise. This is a PROCESS. It will pay off in the next 2-3 years.

Not one of your theories holds even a drop of water.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | November 16, 2010 12:03 PM | Report abuse

This game was hugely significant, historic even. Before kickoff it was only the second-most important game of the Shanahan era. The result settled any lingering controversy about the need for a full scale rebuild. It called into question the coaches, the front office, and of course, the players.

Did you all see all those guys in white jerseys running circles around our guys last night? Those guys are mostly young guys mostly acquired using DRAFT PICKS.

Good luck Mike and Bruce. You're gonna need a lot of it.

Posted by: Pepper5 | November 16, 2010 12:05 PM | Report abuse

Those guys are mostly young guys mostly acquired using DRAFT PICKS.

Posted by: Pepper5 | November 16, 2010 12:05 PM

I thought this was about Michael Vick, no? Wasn't he acquired the Redskins way -- free agency?

Posted by: beep-beep | November 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

By: John Keim
Examiner Staff Writer
11/16/10 1:13 AM EST
1. Wow » You can’t overreact to one game, good or bad. But this should end all talk of being a playoff contender. The Redskins simply have a long ways to go to consistently win games, especially against better teams like the Eagles. They need more playmakers on offense, for starters. But they also need to build a defense that doesn’t have to alternate strategies to generate pressure or stop the run. They have good parts on this defense; but they are hurt because they don’t get enough pressure out of the front seven in the 3-4 base. Makes it tough. And the lack of legitimate playmakers on offense is glaring when watching the Eagles and even the Giants. Yes, teams have bad games. New York had one Sunday. The defense will play better, but is the team improving overall? Hard to say that tonight. Also, I dismiss the 28 points by the offense; they did zippity do da when the game mattered.

2. The receivers got off the line too easily » In the first meeting, the Redskins made a big deal out of being physical with the Eagles’ wideouts. But they did not do a good job slowing them off the line tonight. DeAngelo Hall appeared to try, and fail, to jam DeSean Jackson and he easily sped past LaRon Landry on a post – as Landry was playing him to the outside. Jackson did a good job avoiding attempted jams by linebackers; first by lining up off the line and then by running away from the defender. Noticed more guys in the slot or off the ball. Either that or I just don’t remember how many times they did that in the first meeting. Still, it was different and it did matter.

3. The Eagles also did a nice job of getting the Redskins defense to over-commit to one side of the field, then hitting them back the other way » It opened up the reverse to Jeremy Maclin for 11 yards. It’s why Michael Vick could roll left, then run back right as nobody stayed home – and he gained 21 yards. And, except for a few plays, they could not generate pressure on Vick with only four rushers. A couple times the rush got upfield almost too far and opened up running lanes for Vick. What a problem he poses for defensive coaches. You absolutely have to roll with him, but it leaves you vulnerable on the backside. On the first play of the game he rolled to his left and Landry thought he was safe on the backside vs. Jackson. Then Jackson sped up and Landry was cooked. Landry admitted his mistake, but you have to know that, with Vick’s arm, you are never safe. Then the Eagles spread the field and run a shovel pass against a nickel defense for a touchdown.

con't.

Posted by: frediefritz | November 16, 2010 12:13 PM | Report abuse

This contract does bring a load of something guaranteed: More Drama.

Posted by: chrislarry | November 16, 2010 12:14 PM | Report abuse

Kiem con't.
4. The Eagles look efficient; the Redskins do not » Philadelphia operates like a team that’s been in one offense for quite a while. Which, of course, the Eagles have been. They have more explosive talent, no doubt and that makes the Redskins defend the entire field. But the Eagles were smooth tonight; they ran whatever they wanted and when they wanted. They were crisp. The Redskins, when the game still mattered, looked like a team still trying to find itself in a new system. There are few times when they look crisp; they hit on big plays, but they are not driving with efficiency at this point. When the Redskins needed to move the ball – during the first quarter; after it was 35-14 – they could not. Again, it goes back to talent and this being the first year of a new system. It’s a bad combo and will take another year or two to correct. Where will Donovan McNabb be then? Will he still be an effective player? It's not all on him, but ...

5. The Redskins failed to respond as a team » They had two weeks to prepare for this game; endured controversy after a loss to Detroit and talked about regrouping for the second half. And this is what they do? It’s why several players, Hall in particular, wore ticked-off looks in the locker room. Hall appeared like he was going to explode. There was a numbed look to many players. But this was an all-around effort, from the head coach on down. By the way, why only two running backs active? When Ryan Torain was hurt – in pre-game – that left Keiland Williams as the lone back. He played hard, but that was a risky move. A guy has a hamstring issue, is fine for a couple days and you only keep two running backs active? Man. Defensively they could never solve what the Eagles were doing, though a lot of it just seemed to be about talent, specifically Vick’s talent. And McNabb, despite throwing for 295 yards, failed to quiet anyone with his game. When it mattered, he missed on key third down throws – throwing too hard and skipping a pass off Santana Moss’ hands for an interception. He threw high to Chris Cooley on the next series on a third down. And his passing is a major reason why the Redskins have converted only four of the last 37 third downs; they were 0 for 10 in this game. Yikes. That comes back to the quarterback. For that, $40 million guaranteed.

Posted by: frediefritz | November 16, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse

Like I've Been saying all along. Win in the second half of the season when it counts, then I'll be impressed.

Old Soup vs. New Soup? Qb wasn't the problem, and we all knew that deep down.

The 3-4? Any defense that puts it's best player on the sidelines is wrong.

The O line? Dockery isn't better than Lichey, also not better than Hicks, AND Lichey is better than Hicks? Puh leeze.

WRs? We cut DT, brill-friggin-iant.

RBs? We have 1 and he's hurt.

I told u shanahan is a zorn-a-cool

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 16, 2010 12:15 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: WaitingGuilty | November 16, 2010 12:03 PM |

to recap you believe we should stay older

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

I thought this was about Michael Vick, no? Wasn't he acquired the Redskins way -- free agency?

Posted by: beep-beep | November 16, 2010 12:08 PM | Report abuse

You just got shut down, Pepper. LOL

Posted by: ga8085 | November 16, 2010 12:18 PM | Report abuse

to recap you believe we should stay older

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

Huh? Guys...we lost a game and some of you are losing your minds. Where in the hell did I say we should stay older?

Have you lost all sense of creativity in your thinking that all that's left is to make things up and attribute them to people that you think you disagree with?

Isn't that what infants do when they get upset?

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | November 16, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

Next we'll read that McNabb is paying the 'Skins for the honor of being here, plus weekly rent on his locker and parking space.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 16, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse
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LMAO!!!!!

Posted by: peauxsucent888 | November 16, 2010 12:22 PM | Report abuse

You just got shut down, Pepper. LOL

Posted by: ga8085 | November 16, 2010 12:18 PM |

Wanna bet? You can always tell Pepper. But you can't tell him much.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 16, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

I thought this was about Michael Vick, no? Wasn't he acquired the Redskins way -- free agency?

Posted by: beep-beep | November

Yeah, after having that foundation of roster development already in place. I know that you already no that too.

Posted by: gmac78 | November 16, 2010 12:23 PM | Report abuse

don't we all get our tidbits from the same sources ? I mean, I get the same news as you do. it was reported that mcnabb has lazy practice habits.

I think mcnabb looks passive when he's out on the field and lacks the fire that brady and manning does, yes.

Posted by: hessone | November 16, 2010 11:30 AM

I never read about him having lazy practice habits...slow pace or laid back yes.

What about what you said about him rolling his eyes and dropping his shoulders when something goes wrong? Never heard that one, but then, I don't hear or read all of what is out there--no time, or desire, to attempt that.

I've read that Philly fans used to hate when he'd smile when things went wrong.

As far as a leader must have fire to be successful is myth. I've been in hairy situations, as I'm sure you have been too, where the leader with compentance, self-control and confidence is more successful than a fiery hot-head.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | November 16, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

FIRE HASLETT!!!! blache had boring defense that were in the top 10 and rarely gave up more than 300 yrds a game BUT those defense always always gave the skins a chance to win games... bag the 3-4 and haslett!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 16, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

Not one of your theories holds even a drop of water.

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | November 16, 2010 12:03 PM

The only statement you make that is definitely my position is this:

Snyder has not changed at all in the past 11 years.

Your other attributions are a mixture of extrapolations and suppositions. Nowhere do I suggest that this is not a process, that we don't have massive issues at many positions (hell, if not all). And no, I don't believe that Snyder is catering "exclusively" to the affluent black community. That is ridiculous. It is, however, a significant market segment. Surely we can agree on that.

The most salient issue of my original post regards the TIMING of the deal. Why now, all of a sudden? Why the touchy feely by Snyder? Hey, maybe he really does feel bad for DMac getting benched with the game on the line. However, I believe that if there had been no media storm, there would have been no signing of McNabb now.

Shanahan is supposed to be the ultimate decision maker here. I don't believe this contract extension was his decision. Not right now. He is a control freak. Snyder just showed him who's really in control, and I don't think this will sit well with Shanahan.

AGAIN - I hope I am wrong, and eat crow at the end of the year. I just see the same dysfunction over and over.

Posted by: skinpig | November 16, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"But this should end all talk of being a playoff contender."

-John Kiem

There was talk of being a playoff contender? I must have missed the games where the skins looked like a playoff team.

Posted by: Moose33 | November 16, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

With the talent we have on defense it amazes me that ANY team can score the way Philly did last night. They had VERY FEW third downs in the game and scored at will. How does this happen aftereight months in the system. It's not "new" anymore! ANd despite AH level of play the last few games his giving up on that touchdown play is inexcusable! Laying there motionless like he was unconscious. Haslett needs to take responsibility!

Posted by: vegasskinsfan | November 16, 2010 12:31 PM | Report abuse

ita time on the pig...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 16, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

FIRE HASLETT!!!! blache had boring defense that were in the top 10 and rarely gave up more than 300 yrds a game BUT those defense always always gave the skins a chance to win games... bag the 3-4 and haslett!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 16, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

FIRE HASLETT!!!! blache had boring defense that were in the top 10 and rarely gave up more than 300 yrds a game BUT those defense always always gave the skins a chance to win games... bag the 3-4 and haslett!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 16, 2010 12:29 PM

"Always change horses mid stream!" So, now that we've got this mix of players that don't fit well in a 3-4 or a 4-3, after nine games let's get a new DC? How about we get Haslett the players he needs?

Posted by: beep-beep | November 16, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse


Huh? Guys...we lost a game and some of you are losing your minds. Where in the hell did I say we should stay older?

Posted by: WaitingGuilty | November 16, 2010 12:22 PM |

if you think the mcnabb signing is getting younger, that's fine with me.

all I've been saying is we need to get young and quick. how are you going to accomplish that by signing a QB that is getting old ? should we wait another 2 years to start ? when do we start to rebuild ? this is more of the "same as it ever was".

we drafted a young LT, brilliant.

so what do we do, we TRADE our picks for older players. one was let go (dmcnabb)by a coach that taught us more than one lesson last nite and the other (jbrown)is coming off an injury that we don't know will heal 100%.

answer this question, why would areid let mcnabb go if he thought he was still a good QB ? hmmm

Posted by: hessone | November 16, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

ita time on the pig...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 16, 2010 12:33 PM

fine with me, doosh

Posted by: skinpig | November 16, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

At this stage in his career, McNabb needs a lot better personnel around him, and the Redskins simply don't have that right now. That first pick changed the momentum of the game and your receiver has to come up with it. That 2nd pick, Galloway was never a great route runner and he exposed that route too early.

For all the good gambles this offseason, they need to know soon if Jammal Brown can be an answer at RT. If he can, they probably still need at least one interior lineman, if not two (and as good as Rabach was once ... he's not good enough anymore). They need at least two WR's - Anthony Armstrong should be more of a 4th option. They need a RB with some burst - granted, Keiland Williams and Ryan Torain have been better than expected (and Keiland's been better than he was in college), but there's no burst in the backfield.

Defensively, they are likely to stick with the 3-4. I'd like to see them play a bigger interior backer next to London Fletcher. They also need better athleticism on the edge. One possibility might be to slide Lorenzo inside full-time, and look for an edge guy in the draft. Most importantly, though, they need an impact 5-technique. On the plus side, this is a good draft to find potential 5-techniques. A starting FS is still needed, along with general depth.

That was an embarrassing show last night, but it exposed the fact that the talent just simply isn't here right now. They've done a lot to push things in the right track, but it's a long road. They did more than many expected in that first offseason, but there's still a lot more work to do. McNabb will be back - sure, they could cut him, but realistically, there's little chance of that, as it'd usher in a rebuilding period before they even get built. The Skins should focus on getting a 5-technique first in the 2011 draft, and then try to shore up the offensive needs at WR/OL.

Posted by: toonsterwu | November 16, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

At this stage in his career, McNabb needs a lot better personnel around him, and the Redskins simply don't have that right now. That first pick changed the momentum of the game and your receiver has to come up with it. That 2nd pick, Galloway was never a great route runner and he exposed that route too early.

For all the good gambles this offseason, they need to know soon if Jammal Brown can be an answer at RT. If he can, they probably still need at least one interior lineman, if not two (and as good as Rabach was once ... he's not good enough anymore). They need at least two WR's - Anthony Armstrong should be more of a 4th option. They need a RB with some burst - granted, Keiland Williams and Ryan Torain have been better than expected (and Keiland's been better than he was in college), but there's no burst in the backfield.

Defensively, they are likely to stick with the 3-4. I'd like to see them play a bigger interior backer next to London Fletcher. They also need better athleticism on the edge. One possibility might be to slide Lorenzo inside full-time, and look for an edge guy in the draft. Most importantly, though, they need an impact 5-technique. On the plus side, this is a good draft to find potential 5-techniques. A starting FS is still needed, along with general depth.

That was an embarrassing show last night, but it exposed the fact that the talent just simply isn't here right now. They've done a lot to push things in the right track, but it's a long road. They did more than many expected in that first offseason, but there's still a lot more work to do. McNabb will be back - sure, they could cut him, but realistically, there's little chance of that, as it'd usher in a rebuilding period before they even get built. The Skins should focus on getting a 5-technique first in the 2011 draft, and then try to shore up the offensive needs at WR/OL.

Posted by: toonsterwu | November 16, 2010 12:37 PM | Report abuse

The sides need each other.

McNabb is 34 and having a horrible year. The Eagles felt confident enough to trade him in 2010 to a division rival for goodness sake.

The Redskins as last night's game showed are more than 1 or 2 players away from being a contender.

What is worrisome is a hard-truth look at the roster shows an offensive line with ONE anchor player in LT Williams. The other four spots are due for upgrade.

At wide receiver, the club needs THREE new players including a #1. Moss at 32 is a #2 and Armstrong looks like a #3 to me going forward.

There are no breakaway backs on this club. Keiland Williams and Ryan Torain are 100% effort guys and good backups but they are not starting caliber on a playoff team.

On defense the club needs 2 or 3 defensive linemen who can play.

A veteran linebacker from a 3-4 would be a help as well to mentor Orakpo and Alexander.

The corners can't cover anybody. And Kevin Barnes and Byron Westbrook are not the answer for 2011.

And where is the developmental qb behind McNabb for the future?

You know the #4 or #5 pick with the big arm that is raw but full of potential.

He doesn't exist because the Redskins traded away all their mid round picks.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | November 16, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

After looking at this for a good number of games, one thing is blindly evident but never talked about...

We should have never gone to the 3-4 with the players we have.

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 16, 2010 9:16 AM

I talked about all through the off-season and traing camp and preseason.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | November 16, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

ZEKE’S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES brought to you by the fine people at Yahoo!

24 hours before Monday’s kickoff, there was already drama. Part of it came from the benching of McNabb vs DET and the bizarre explanations from the coach. For a guy who acts like the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, Shanahan’s bumbling comments resembled those of the man who got discovered behind the curtain. Heck, even that guy gave it up after getting busted by a brainless, heartless and cowardly group.

Adding to the drama, Monday’s rival was McNabb’s former team, led by a QB he helped resurrect. Plus, a Skins win would create a very tight division race. Throw in a national TV audience and the stage was set.

But as the rain fell, it became apparent that the Skins were made from the same stuff as the Wicked Witch of the West. A little water and the Skins melted. It took 30 seconds from the time the water hit the witch until she had melted away; it took just 18 seconds for the Skins to trail 7-0.

In Skins lore, 2 numbers stand out. 35 and 356 -- the points scored and yds gained in the greatest quarter of football ever played, vs Denver, in Super Bowl XXII. In 1 quarter + 1 play philly, had 328 yds and 35 points. That is treading on holy turf.

In 20 minutes of football, encompassing the last 4+ minutes of the DET game and the initial 15+ minutes vs philly, the Skins were outscored 53-0. On offense, 7 possessions, 3 turnovers, 31 yds. Them: 53 POINTS. Us: 31 YDs. Ugh.

In the midst of this ineptitude, one of the most lucrative contracts in Skins’ history was signed by McNabb. If the name on the jersey said Campbell or Ramsey or Brunell, the hue and cry would have been for a new QB, not a contract extension. Raising the obvious question: Why now and why so much $$? I don’t know. But some reports suggest the Skins have an ‘out’, which makes a lot of sense.

Many have speculated about the ‘behind the scenes’ dynamics that led to McNabb’s contract. An intriguing rumor is that Shanny was mostly out of the loop, that Snyder and Allen that did this deal. I don’t buy it. Shanny chooses his QB. He gave his blessing to down to the dotted i’s and crossed t’s. Neither Snyder nor Allen is going to cross Shanny.

I’m also not buying the theory that there was a curse on teams that use Native American nicknames this weekend, even though the 5-3 Chiefs also trailed 35-0, against 2-6 Denver. More likely, the Skins played badly on a night when the other guys played their absolute best. It happens.

Will McNabb will be in DC for years to come? Arizona remains a team desperately in need of a QB … its where McNabb lives in the offseason. After Monday night’s ugly liquidation, it wouldn’t shock me if he had a dream where he clicked his heels 3 times and said, “there’s no place like home, there’s no place like home …”

That’s a wrap on this week’s trip down the Maroon and Yellow Brick Road that is ZEKE’S UNIQUE PERSPECTIVES, as always, brought to you by Yahoo!’s finest

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 16, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

That is more like it. May be we can get some draft picks back by trading him to the Vikings or Cardinals.

If we can't get picks, trade for some veteran guards, ones that can actually block.

Rabach and Galloway need to go now. We aren't going to the play-offs. Time to start working towards the future.

Rabach's line calls are worthless if defenders just blow straight past him and Galloway has lost a step and any hunger to compete for a 50:50 ball.

Posted by: WeNeedLinemen | November 16, 2010 12:41 PM | Report abuse

An intriguing rumor is that Shanny was mostly out of the loop, that Snyder and Allen that did this deal.

no one buys this, because its just flat out not true, and galactically stupid....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 16, 2010 12:43 PM | Report abuse


What about what you said about him rolling his eyes and dropping his shoulders when something goes wrong? Never heard that one, but then, I don't hear or read all of what is out there--no time, or desire, to attempt that.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | November 16, 2010 12:27 PM |

re: rolling his eyes

this I've seen throughout his career. watch the next few games and see if you notice. he also doesn't have a sense of urgency running the 2 min drill, more passive than urgent. also, he should quit with the chin strap. dude has to buckle it up before every snap, just leave it snapped already.

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

Hey, look on the bright side:

Casey Rabach...

Oh, never mind.

But, Joey Galloway and Roydell Rogers got into it!

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


beeps

Posted by: hessone | November 16, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

answer this question, why would areid let mcnabb go if he thought he was still a good QB ? hmmm

Posted by: hessone | November 16, 2010 12:34 PM | Report abuse

If you're citing what Andy Reid thinks, your argument is already flawed. Wasn't Andy Reid trying to shop Vick this past offseason? Andy Reid did nothing more than get incredibly lucky that no team was willing to take Vick off his hands.

To answer your question about why McNabb was traded its simple, pressure from ownership. Their future franchise QB(Kolb) said he was gone if he wasn't going to get a chance to start.

Posted by: PortisPocketsStr8 | November 16, 2010 12:46 PM | Report abuse

This is what is known as an "out". Snyder re-signs McNabb, which tells Deadskins fans "See, we're not racist. We don't think he's too stupid to learn the playbook. Why, we gave him all this money!" Then, at the end of the year, when they cut him, they can say "He just didn't perform well enough. It wasn't that he didn't know the playbook or was lazy and out of shape (what they used to describe as 'shiftless'), he just didn't get us in the end zone often enough".

Snyder is deathly afraid of being thought of as racist. This is all a PR move. He's going to can Mikey and Kyle at the end of the year, as the taint of racism will follow them no matter what.

It would be nice if the Deadskins would, for once, hire a football man to make football decisions. It will never happen under Snyder. What a messed up franchise!

Posted by: cbtole2 | November 16, 2010 12:55 PM | Report abuse

dude has to buckle it up before every snap, just leave it snapped already.

Posted by: hessone | November 16, 2010 12:44 PM

Agreed. Nice discussion hess.

Until the next time, don't get too sick over the Skins' loss. There are more important things going on out there such as China's emerging ability to wipe out our bases in Asia and China's ability to direct our web traffic onto their servers, which they did in April. Haitian people dropping like flies becase of caca infested water they drink.

Out.

Posted by: smokeybear2 | November 16, 2010 1:00 PM | Report abuse

FIRE HASLETT!!!! blache had boring defense that were in the top 10 and rarely gave up more than 300 yrds a game BUT those defense always always gave the skins a chance to win games... bag the 3-4 and haslett!!!

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 16, 2010 12:29 PM

"Always change horses mid stream!" So, now that we've got this mix of players that don't fit well in a 3-4 or a 4-3, after nine games let's get a new DC? How about we get Haslett the players he needs?

Posted by: beep-beep | November 16, 2010 12:34 PM
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the defense has been a disgrace all year... granted they did face a buzz saw last nite but they have been a disgrace all year... there have been great individual efforts (fletcher, landry, rak... meangelo for one game) but they don't play as a unit... the 4-3 was never broke... why change???

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 16, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

It being the Holiday season I am going to give thanks. I give thanks that the great majority of commentators are in no way associated with processes that require a steady hand and emotional stability.
Yes it was a blowout of epic proportions. An epic defensive failure and an epic offensive failure.
Both sides of the ball looked overwhelmed and in many ways the failure does not fall on the coaches or management. So many scoring plays were a result of players guessing or playing flat. The talent on the Redskins is average at best. And please whoever keeps chiming in that AH is such a great player, stop it. You know that he is great only when the D gets a 3 and out. If he were to play a whole defensive series he would be the same old AH on the ground, cramping, injury time out. Maybe there is a way to use him better but stop acting like he is as good as the money he was paid. If he was he would have been traded.
I am not annoyed or angered by the DM signing. In fact its brilliant only in an injury does it pay out. If Shanny can pick up Cam Newton with a 2nd round pick seems like the DM signing makes even more sense. Maybe he wants to wait on Pryor and spend his draft and FA picking up linemen. Logan Mankins from NE will be a Free Agent. The point being this is a great signing for one reason and one reason only, it shows restraint and a plan.
The issue that is bothering so many of you is ridiculous expectations. 4-12 does not flip to 12-4 in one year with all these changes. Cheer for 8-8 expect to loose the wildcard due to a tie break or by one game.

Posted by: Hank4 | November 16, 2010 1:45 PM | Report abuse

Wow, hat's off to Redskins management for this deal. It doesn't stick them with McNabb beyond this year unless the team wants him, which is unlikely. The 'skins still lost the draft choices but those were worth the chance that he had something left in the tank.

Posted by: ShovelPlease | November 16, 2010 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Well, this makes more sense, after all, McNabb, although still a good QB, is going down hill, getting old, and have no adequate protection to go along with his skills. But it does throw a wrench on Mike Wise next columns which were going to be based on why Haynesworth, after taking a little nap in the middle of play in yesterdays game, deserves and should get a nice little extention. Coach Thompson, and blubber mouth Mitchell, well ofcourse, are delighted because it fills hours of racism talks on the airwaves - Bless their heart.

Posted by: hock1 | November 16, 2010 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Its curtains once again for any hopes that this may be the year, Its on to 2011, its all my fault for leading my self into believing that a new coach will make all the difference. The eagles set all sorts of records on our home turf on monday night. For all you Mcnabb "hall of fame" advocates take them records and hangem on his burst.

Posted by: zimife1999 | November 16, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

This makes much more sense. Glad everything is not as bad as it sounded originally.

Posted by: skinsFan74 | November 16, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like another of Dannies desire to perpuate his habit of contributing to the aged, who can no longer EARN a living

Posted by: rogerblack1 | November 16, 2010 10:25 PM | Report abuse

This is a great deal. Think about it, they can pretty much walk away at any time. Plus they had the added security of not losing Mac5 after only one year. Cerrato would never have pulled this off.

Posted by: jimc93 | November 17, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

"This is a PROCESS...it will pay off in the next 2-3 years."

No it won't. We're only in year 12 of a 30 year ownership cycle that will never pay off.

New coach in 2013. Book it.

Posted by: howjensen | November 17, 2010 7:38 AM | Report abuse

Who's your source? Why would Manabb sign the deal that you are stating? The 3.5 Million paid this year is a guarentee against a lockout next year. So you are wrong about that. You are more than likely wrong about the rest of it. I think unless you reveal sources you should not be able to print the information.

Posted by: bobilly1 | November 17, 2010 7:50 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if McNabb had an incentive deal in his Philadelphia contract to throw every other game against Philadelphia?

If so, he just cashed in and hid the ruse easily with the help of the Washington OL and an old washed-up WR unit.

Yes, I'm still yanked over their embarrassing MNF performance.

Posted by: clandestinetomcat | November 17, 2010 9:26 AM | Report abuse

If McNabb is smart, he'll leave this sorry team after the year is over.

OLine.. terrible.
WR corps... terrible.
Defense... terrible.

Posted by: swingwing | November 17, 2010 11:03 AM | Report abuse

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