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In Washington, McNabb will be active off the field as well

While Donovan McNabb might ultimately be judged by his ability to win football games in Washington, fans will also see an active member of the community -- and the city's most famous resident, President Obama, should expect a phone call.

"His goal is to become immersed in everything that goes on in Washington," said Rich Burg, McNabb's publicist who helps coordinate the quarterback's off-field activities and community events.

It's too early to say exactly what McNabb will do in Washington, but as one of the league's most recognizable players, his plate was pretty full in Philadelphia. He runs a free football clinic each June, participates in a Thanksgiving event, holds a holiday party for children in December. He also partnered with the city's department of education and has worked for many years with the American Diabetes Association. In addition, his wife, Raquel, holds a community "baby shower" to help educate first-time mothers, and McNabb's mother, Wilma, is vice president of the NFL Mother's Association.

"I think without a doubt he'll do plenty of things in D.C.," Burg said.

Burg also said he wouldn't be surprised if McNabb reached out to Obama. A Chicago native, McNabb first met Obama, then an Illinois state senator, at a White House correspondents dinner in 2005. McNabb, fresh off his Super Bowl appearance, left that dinner more excited about meeting a state senator than President Bush, Burg said.

By Rick Maese  |  April 5, 2010; 2:00 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  
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Comments

Lost in this McNabb to 'Skins trade drama is this important fact:

We've closed the talent gap between us and the Iggles.

Is any1 else looking forward to the Kevin Kolb era in Philly? Raise your hands...

Posted by: Vicc | April 5, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't be more pleased to have Donovan McNabb as our Quarterback.

His career ain't ova!

Posted by: Vicc | April 5, 2010 2:08 PM | Report abuse

Eagles are in official rebuild mode....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 5, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

Really this is an upgrade by all measures! But can JC be retained under the tutelage of McNabb and Shanny? Is that possible? I'm a JC fan, and I still believe we haven't seen the best of JC. Don't throw a future Doug Williams away!

Posted by: abxinc | April 5, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: p1funk

which is why you keep Campbell, if you go somewhere pay mcNabb next year if you don't Campbell holds down the fort and you draft a QB next year

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 5, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse


If mcNabb plays at a high level that warrants a big extension, then the Skins will be in a bidding war with other teams and the price will likely go up.

If we let him walk, we blew 2 picks for nothing, especially when we had JC17 on the roster the entire time who could have played the role of 1-year rental minus the cost of 2 draft picks.

If McNabb is playing all season there will be no opportunity to evaluate Jsaon Campbell in this offense, and thus we will be back at square 1 next season if McNabb walks and Campbell is around except he'd be an FA with no incentive to remain here unless we paid him big.

Bottom line: Your scenario makes no sense.

Posted by: p1funk

it isn't my scenario u doosh, MCNABB HOLDS THE CARDS, facts are facts mcNabb can wait and be an UFA next year if he wants, period.

MY SCENARIO is hang onto Campbell make mcNabb an offer next year after he has shown us something, if he walks extend Campbell

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 5, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

The Casserly video is strange to me. Maybe there were better plays, but Campbell completes 3 of 4 passes for as many yards as he would have if he'd done what Casserly wanted.

The only play that I can't see is the play to Cooley, and it might be that Campbell hasn't finished his drop when Cooley makes his cut ... that would be the design of the play.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 5, 2010 2:08 PM

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There's more to it than just completing the dump off pass.

It's about making the defense respect your offense. When you don't have a QB who can make plays, the opposing defense stacks the box.

Posted by: Vicc | April 5, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

ipfunk it isn't about "letting' him walk, it's about him walking, your not a doosh, I think

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 5, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Is any1 else looking forward to the Kevin Kolb era in Philly? Raise your hands...

Posted by: Vicc | April 5, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

(* Andy Reid and Joe Banner raising hands *)

Posted by: p1funk | April 5, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Ok so we need...lg, lt and rt for o line. Feel most of the depth is there.

They also need a kicker in my opinion and there are some good ones out there like Rackers.

anyone feel they could use another decent vet WR?

Posted by: leevi98 | April 5, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Sorry Zeke, I would rather take a 5th or even a 6th then to just let JC walk. That makes no sense at all.

Posted by: Curzon417 |

The reason you let him walk is so that other guys will see that having a good attitude matters. If you go thru what Campbell has been thru with the attitude that Campbell has maintained, then get shipped to Buffalo, it won't motivate guys to have a more positive attitude.

In contrast, what happens you let Campbell walk (on his request)? Management demonstrates that if you work hard and are positive, you will be respected and you get better opportunities because of that.

There is value to this team in how people are treated. For starters, it wouldn't shock me if one of the things Donovan asked Shanahan to do in their 1st meeting is to treat Campbell well.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 5, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

Oh yeah.....

srry. couldn't resist.

Posted by: DikShuttle | April 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

It's about making the defense respect your offense. When you don't have a QB who can make plays, the opposing defense stacks the box.

Posted by: Vicc | April 5, 2010 2:12 PM

What running threat has anyone had to stack the box for lately?

Posted by: Alan4 | April 5, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

lh, something is up....something has gone down, and AH was part of it, seems like based on that photo...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 5, 2010 2:09 PM

haha, lh got the beaner this time...

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 5, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

It's about making the defense respect your offense. When you don't have a QB who can make plays, the opposing defense stacks the box.

Posted by: Vicc

when you don't have a line, rbs, wrs, or even an offensive system defenses stack the box

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 5, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

t isn't my scenario u doosh, MCNABB HOLDS THE CARDS, facts are facts mcNabb can wait and be an UFA next year if he wants, period.

MY SCENARIO is hang onto Campbell make mcNabb an offer next year after he has shown us something, if he walks extend Campbell

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 5, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Only issue with that is the CBA...if a contract gets done...there will be franchise tag type of moves included...so in that case they can franchise him.

Posted by: leevi98 | April 5, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Lions trade for starting LG Rob Sims. All the more likely they take Suh and still get a decent O-linemen at #34.

Who is gonna help the Lions defense at #34 if they take O-line at #2.

*Remember* This is a deep O-line draft so there's a better chance of the Lions finding a starter on O-line at #34 than finding a starter on defense at #34.

Posted by: Vicc | April 5, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

it isn't my scenario u doosh, MCNABB HOLDS THE CARDS, facts are facts mcNabb can wait and be an UFA next year if he wants, period.

MY SCENARIO is hang onto Campbell make mcNabb an offer next year after he has shown us something, if he walks extend Campbell

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 5, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse


My point is that if McNabb is playing this year, why would we hold onto Campbell and then extend him next year?

I realize you would b/c you have a man-crush on Campbell, but if Shanny wasn't prepared to extend Campbell this year, why would he be willing to extend him next after a season of him sitting on the bench not getting any playing time or showing any production in his offense.

Your scenario (by holding onto Campbell) puts us back at square 1 - where we are this year - except that Campbell will be UFA and we'd have to pay him bigger $$ even though he'd have done bumpkiss.

Posted by: p1funk | April 5, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Go Butler!

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 5, 2010 12:46 PM

F Butler.

Posted by: dcsween | April 5, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

lh, something is up....something has gone down, and AH was part of it, seems like based on that photo...

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | April 5, 2010 2:09 PM

haha, lh got the beaner this time...

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 5, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

What are you guys talking about?

Posted by: leevi98 | April 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

Shrub became president, and we got a baseball team out of it.

Obama comes along and gets us an aging, but good QB.

Hate to say it but I give the edge to George.

Posted by: alex35332 | April 5, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

What running threat has anyone had to stack the box for lately?


Posted by: Alan4

there was NO threat or protection so why have anyone in deep cover? bring everyone in making it hard to run or drop back

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Lions trade for starting LG Rob Sims. All the more likely they take Suh and still get a decent O-linemen at #34.

Who is gonna help the Lions defense at #34 if they take O-line at #2.

*Remember* This is a deep O-line draft so there's a better chance of the Lions finding a starter on O-line at #34 than finding a starter on defense at #34.

Posted by: Vicc | April 5, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse


Yes Vicc. I think msot reasonable folks agree with you.

Some up here are betting their firstborn that Okung goes to the Lions, and I don't know why.

Posted by: p1funk | April 5, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Trade back and grab ILB McClain and O-linemen

if we can't trade back

O-line at # 4 and pray McClain doesn't fall to VaGiants!

Posted by: Vicc | April 5, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

There's more to it than just completing the dump off pass.

It's about making the defense respect your offense. When you don't have a QB who can make plays, the opposing defense stacks the box.

Posted by: Vicc

And the defenses respected our OL how? By running past them time after time. Campbell probably led the league in getting hit by guys who came in untouched. I can't ever recall a season where a QB took so many hits from guys who weren't blocked at all. We had about the 4th worst yards per carry in the league, so it wasn't like the defense needed to stack the box to stop the run.

Dump offs are important passes. Heck, McNabb got a win over us when he dumped one off to Westbrook who went 60 yards with it for the game winning TD.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 5, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: leevi98 | April 5, 2010 2:22 PM | Report abuse

Bottom Line:

This is the kind of move that a team like AZ or Minny would make, and it would make sense.

Teams that basically have the pieces in place and are proven to be truly competitive NOW, and they need a veteran signal-caller to step in and make the plays.

This is not who the Skins are.

Posted by: p1funk | April 5, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

pfunk, I would hold onto Campbell until you extend mcNabb, i case mcNabb walks or gets hurt or is ineffective

why is that a bad scenario, are you Brennan's bf

Posted by: pabrian2003 | April 5, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

Lions trade for starting LG Rob Sims. All the more likely they take Suh and still get a decent O-linemen at #34.

Who is gonna help the Lions defense at #34 if they take O-line at #2.

*Remember* This is a deep O-line draft so there's a better chance of the Lions finding a starter on O-line at #34 than finding a starter on defense at #34.

Posted by: Vicc | April 5, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse
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How does a G tendered to a 4th round pick fill Detroit's long term need at LT? Backus is 32, and despite playing ok this past season, they cannot expect a left side of Backus and Jansen (current depth chart) to hold up indefinitely. Smart money says they draft Okung and move Backus into LG.

You don't pass on an Okung type player. You just don't.

Posted by: mattsoundworld | April 5, 2010 2:28 PM | Report abuse

My kids are kind of Duke fans, but when they found out Duke was playing Butler in the finals, they really wanted to root for Butler because Butler has the word butt in it.

Then the chanting started.

Posted by: _Stumped_ | April 5, 2010 2:29 PM | Report abuse

RedSkinHead -- really? Did you read my post? I didn't say this was all for PR and to invigorate the fans, but it certainly is part of it. Danny Boy is great at creating excitment for the Skins. Mcnabb, Haynesworth, Deon Sanders, Bruce Smith, Joe Gibbs, Mike Shanahan. He is a master of fooling, stupid... fuc^ing really stupid fans, like you Redskinhead, into thinking we are close. That 1 player will make this team a playoff team and a superbowl contender... when in reality, its not true.

My point is that Mcnabb is not the answer for this team. He will enable us to continue our 8-8 run and be a running joke around the NFL and other teams fan bases... but you go ahead and act superior and intelligent because you think, a 33 year old inaccuate QB whose talent is on the decline is going to save the franchise.

Posted by: peoplearestupid1 | April 5, 2010 12:54 PM
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I like how you say I act superior and intelligent when your handle is "peoplearestupid", but then again, you should understand a condescending missive when you read one, right? BTW, did Shanny or anyone in the Redskins org say we were heading to the Superbowl this year because of the McNabb signing? Did I say that? YOU said this puts us farther away from a Superbowl rather than closer and I called you out on that statement. McNabb is a better QB than Campbell and chances are the picks traded were not going to draft a franchise quarterback, so totally disagreed with your statement. You seem to not be hearing what we're saying here on the blog. Maybe it's because you have your head so far up your keister that your ears are covered.

Posted by: RedSkinHead | April 5, 2010 2:30 PM | Report abuse

Eagles are in official rebuild mode....

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 5, 2010 2:09 PM

You’re joking again, right?

The Eagles have a roster that is a already a playoff contender and superior to ours and this pick gives them another resource to widen the gap. They have also stockpiled top 150 picks. I’m afraid we will be looking up at the Eagles in the standings for the foreseeable future. This is how you build a perennial contender, via the draft.

Round 1, Pick 24 (24)
Round 2 Pick 5 (37)
Round 2, Pick 23 (55)
Round 3, Pick 6 (70) (From Seahawks)
Round 3, Pick 23 (87)
Round 4, Pick 7 (105) (From Browns)
Round 4, Pick 23 (121)
Round 5, Pick 6 (137) (From Browns)
Round 6, Pick 31 (200) (From Colts)
Round 7, Pick 36 (243) (Compensatory
Round 7, Pick 37 (244) (Compensatory

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 5, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

F Butler.

Posted by: dcsween | April 5, 2010 2:18 PM

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F Duke.

Posted by: Chia_Pet | April 5, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Kolb has two "good" games, and one of them is against the Chiefs. He'll get demolished once he realizes a lot of teams can play "real" defense! Kolb will lay an egg!

Hey Igglets org thanks for giving us your franchise QB, Philly fans don't worry you'll see him back 2x a year for the next 4-5 seasons more whenever he torches you guys for 3-4 TDs and we'll appreciate him as a Redskins than your city ever did when he was an eagle! LMFAO

Go SKINS!!!! Welcome McNabb!

Posted by: alucard1 | April 5, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Remember the last Philly QB we got?
Just a guy named Sonny Jurgensen!
Go Donovan! Go 'skins!

Posted by: bg1fan | April 5, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Man, I hope Shanny signs T.O. NFC East games at Fed Ex next year would be off the chain with McNabb and T.O. playing for the Skins.

Posted by: coparker5 | April 5, 2010 3:50 PM | Report abuse

You’re joking again, right?

The Eagles have a roster that is a already a playoff contender and superior to ours and this pick gives them another resource to widen the gap. They have also stockpiled top 150 picks. I’m afraid we will be looking up at the Eagles in the standings for the foreseeable future. This is how you build a perennial contender, via the draft.

Round 1, Pick 24 (24)
Round 2 Pick 5 (37)
Round 2, Pick 23 (55)
Round 3, Pick 6 (70) (From Seahawks)
Round 3, Pick 23 (87)
Round 4, Pick 7 (105) (From Browns)
Round 4, Pick 23 (121)
Round 5, Pick 6 (137) (From Browns)
Round 6, Pick 31 (200) (From Colts)
Round 7, Pick 36 (243) (Compensatory
Round 7, Pick 37 (244) (Compensatory

Posted by: Diesel44 | April 5, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

Wow just look at that.

Posted by: Pepper5 | April 5, 2010 5:38 PM | Report abuse

Tangential comment I know, but Obama wasn't a state senator in 2005. He was a United States Senator. Er, I mean, Hail to the Redskins.

Posted by: kieran1968 | April 5, 2010 6:28 PM | Report abuse

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