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McNabb isn't worried about contract, says he'll be here 'for years to come'

The Redskins are apparently nowhere near a contract extension, but Donovan McNabb made this much clear today: He intends to be a Redskin for several years.

He says he's not worried that he was traded before an extension could be negotiated. McNabb's current contract expires at the end of the 2010 season.

"I don't focus on that, but I do expect to be here," McNabb said, "and that's the way that I've been preparing myself. I'm going to prepare myself to be here for years to come. Whatever may happen after that, that's nothing that we're communication right now. I'm glad just the situation is over, now I can just prepare myself being a Redskin."

Asked about the possibility, Coach Mike Shanahan said: "I really don't worry about that because that's part of the process. My main emphasis is him wanting to be here, him starting today in the offseason conditioning program, all those other things take care of itself."

McNabb's agent, Fletcher N. Smith, was on-hand for McNabb's press conference and he said he feels no sense of urgency to get the extension done. He sees no need, he says, to have it hammered out before the draft, but isn't worried that the principles of a deal aren't already place.

"Everything materialized so quickly, I think we just have not had a chance to get there yet," Smith said.

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By Rick Maese  |  April 6, 2010; 3:45 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb  | Tags: Donovan McNabb, Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins  
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Comments

First to say welcome to DC... WOO HOO!

Posted by: tony325 | April 6, 2010 3:53 PM | Report abuse

That McNabb is prone to getting sacked. Behind a better OL than we had in DC, McNabb lost as many yards as we did. Sacks were a big problem last year, unless the OL improves a bunch, we risk seeing the same thing this year.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 6, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

Agreed about the OLine to a point...My point would come down to QB mechanics. While JC would hold on to the ball for way to long and had a horribly long throwing motion, McNabb has a quicker release, better throwing motion and can generally see the field better which could be argued to the point that it made his OLine look better than they really were, as opposed to JC making the OLine look worse than they really are.. ya dig?

Posted by: skinsfanintampa

Is McNabb better than Campbell? Yes. I think the real difference is that the iggles ran plays that went deeper more often, making it more likely to take sacks. This also is borne out a bit by McNabb's stats. He had a lower completion % than Campbell, but over 2 more yards per completion.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 6, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

The team did not pick up players off of the trash heap and make them into good Oline players. They selected players in the draft that had the right physical traits. The problem in this situation is that he has nothing to work with in regards to players on the current roster or picks for guys in the draft.


Posted by: srobert1117 | April 6, 2010 3:19 PM

You're wrong. Check your facts. Both the '97 and '98 team had o-lines made up of mostly free agents. Zimmerman, Swayne, Schlereth (former Skin), Tony Jones and Brian Habib started their careers on other teams. Swayne and Zimmerman were older guys when they got to Denver. Shanny knows how to get vet guys who fit what he likes to run.

Posted by: learnedhand1 | April 6, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

p1, RE: "Chefs and Dishes"

Have you had a bacon cheeseburger from Burger King? Have you had one from Five Guys?

Totally different burgers even though they have the same name, right?

Posted by: RedDMV | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse


Yes I've had burgers from both places. Doesn't matter who is cooking them - eat too many and you'll die of a heart attack.

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 3:58 PM | Report abuse

And for the last decade McNabb has pretty much owned the Cowboys and the whole division. Not mention the biggest problem in both those games was Dallas' huge oline mashing the Eagles small front, they dominated time of possesion and made the Eagles play catch up from the beginning.

Posted by: zjfr2 | April 6, 2010 3:38 PM |

It wasn't a problem, it was part of the plan. McNabb, torqued at the FO stiffing him on a contract extension, was mad to get of out Philly and stinking up the joint in two critical games against Dallas sealed the deal.

Posted by: FourthAndOne | April 6, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

And for the last decade McNabb has pretty much owned the Cowboys and the whole division. Not mention the biggest problem in both those games was Dallas' huge oline mashing the Eagles small front, they dominated time of possesion and made the Eagles play catch up from the beginning.

Posted by: zjfr2 | April 6, 2010 3:38 PM |


Over the last 5 seasons, McNabb is 7-11 vs the jints and iggles. Was 4-4 vs us.

In '09, he owned the jints and dallas owned him.

Posted by: zcezcest1 | April 6, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Let's not forget the courtesy beeps people!

beep beep

Posted by: Curzon417 | April 6, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

Doesn't matter who is cooking them - eat too many and you'll die of a heart attack.

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 3:58 PM

But at least you will have led a full life, now like some vegan. Maybe not a long full life, but full.

Posted by: League-Source | April 6, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

i am not even reading these entries _____________________________________

At what point in the future do you envision this team intending to be a serious post-season player and for how long?

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM |

I think our FO thinks we are closer than the rest of us to being competitive. and if they did not like a qb, and then DM comes into play, they really think we are close.

but that still does not mean we are mortgaging the future.

without a cap, and we are getting sensible contracts. cutting ties with others. smart since we dont know what the cap will be

we wanted a smarter FO, and i think we have that. hording draft picks is not the litnus test for a smarter FO. It is not that black and white.

They get a capable starter at QB, if not more for a couple of years, so now they dont use a 1 or possibly a 2 on a qb in the next two drafts. now we can get younger somewhere else.

Posted by: Zeebs | April 6, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse

McNabb isn't worried about a contract extension and plans to be here for years.

Great!

Maybe McNabb plans on playing here for free in the years to come!

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Correct me if i'm wrong but I thought it was the other way around. Dan signs checks/stays out of the way and BA and MS collaborate on who to acquire with BA primarily focusing on contract neg... key focus on Dan staying out of the way.. I could be reading too much into it, but to me it was a tiny red flag.

Posted by: skinsfanintampa | April 6, 2010 1:54 PM


Eric Shaffer still handles the contract negetiations. Bruce just gives him the ceiling #s.

Bruce is the communicator. He comunicated the McNAbb trade. And I am sure he is the main communicator to the agents.

McNAbb is the QB, the new face of the franchise, so you still have to buddy up with the one paying you a 10 figure salary......You just don't 'Haynesworth' someone paying you that much dough..,...

Posted by: 4thFloor | April 6, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

This is not Washington Redskins.

This is a now team of mercenaries, with no core and no loyalty.

Joe Gibbs was a Redskin. The Hogs were Redskins. Riggo was a Redskin, even if he started with the Jets.

Jason Campbell is a Redskin.

Jason Taylor is a Dolphin.
Bruce Smith is a Bill.
Neon Deion is a narcissist, and a Cowpie.
Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith are Cowpies, even if Emmitt stopped off at another team.

Donovan McNabb is an Eagle.

This is no longer the Washington Redskins to me.

Posted by: Alan4 | April 6, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

beep and

Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

No, Jtay was a horrible pick up at a position we really did not need.

we can all agree we wanted a dif qb, yes?

so my view of the plan is

A) were not gonna pick one this year
B) so either stick with JC unless something else better comes along in terms of established vet QB
3) holy crap, DM is avail to us a division foe
X) get him for a 2nd, draft oline with 4 or move back (this is the important other shoe to drop I hope to see) and recoup that pick
#) draft young QB next year or serious project this year in the 4th.

But i dont know that anymore than you know we are in win now. except your positing that because of trading a 2nd for a QB is win now yet we did not take peppers (who apprently we need for the 3-4) dansby (who we need for the 3-4). overpay for Clifton (who everyone thought was going to get tto much money for meager prduction) and the other o lineman.

Your theory, which is based upon one move while ignoring other moves not made, does not pass the smell test.

We dont pick oline with our first pick, then i will be hiolding my hands up saying WTF... but i aint gonna worry about that til it happens or it dont...

Posted by: Zeebs | April 6, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: Zeebs | April 6, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

McNabb may not last through the season but if Campbell has to start after DC gets to see what a real QB can do Campbell will wish he was having root canal work done instead.

Posted by: FourthAndOne | April 6, 2010 3:43 PM

One QB is getting better (no matter how bad you may think he is) and one is on the declne. At some point very soon, there will be little difference between the two other than age and injuries.

Posted by: Alan4 | April 6, 2010 3:49 PM |

If what you say were true then an astute judge of QBs like Shanahan would not have traded away valuable draft picks to get a QB that "at some point very soon" would be indistinguishable from a QB he already has and at some point thereafter, worse.

Posted by: FourthAndOne | April 6, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

Posted by: Flounder21 | April 6, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

I think our FO thinks we are closer than the rest of us to being competitive. and if they did not like a qb, and then DM comes into play, they really think we are close.

but that still does not mean we are mortgaging the future.

without a cap, and we are getting sensible contracts. cutting ties with others. smart since we dont know what the cap will be

we wanted a smarter FO, and i think we have that. hording draft picks is not the litnus test for a smarter FO. It is not that black and white.

They get a capable starter at QB, if not more for a couple of years, so now they dont use a 1 or possibly a 2 on a qb in the next two drafts. now we can get younger somewhere else.

Posted by: Zeebs | April 6, 2010 4:03 PM | Report abuse


I think much of what our FO has done this offseason is smart. That's part of what leaves me scratching my head at this move.

Giving up the picks for a 33 year old QB continues the trend of mortgaging the future that our previous FO established. And the current FO has failed to recoup any picks.

Hording picks is precisely what the Patriots, Colts and Eagles have been doing for years - funny that they are also perennial playoff contenders.

Whatever extension we sign McNabb to is going to ahve ramifications past this cap-free season. The cap has no bearing on this season.

We have a capable starter at QB for how long? We are going to get younger in other places, and just as that "youth" starts coming into its playing prime, I fear we will see McNabb retiring, and then what?

Why is it a bad idea to use a 1 or 2 in the next couple drafts to get a QB? Why do we want to avoid doing that? Alot of teams that are perennial playoff contenders in the league draft and develop their QBs - teams like McNabb w/Eagles, or Brady w/Pats, or Manning w/Colts, or Roeth w/ Steelers. Others like the Ravens have relied on their D.

But most teams that become perennial contenders don't go the route of trading for 33 year old QBs.

So we are either trying to "win now". Or we are using McNabb as a stop-gap and a pretty expensive one that cost 2 picks plus whatever extension we give him.


Posted by: p1funk | April 6, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

I though Shanny said when he came in that he wanted to win now and felt the team could do so. Bringing in McNabb gives Shanny a legit chance to start winning now. McNabb probably isn't going to deliver a super bowl but the Skins should start taking on the mind-set of a winner now. McNabb believes he can win and plays like he expects to win. Skins haven't had that kind of leadership at QB for a long long time.

Posted by: coparker5 | April 6, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

I think much of what our FO has done this offseason is smart. That's part of what leaves me scratching my head at this move.

Giving up the picks for a 33 year old QB continues the trend of mortgaging the future that our previous FO established. And the current FO has failed to recoup any picks.

Hording picks is precisely what the Patriots, Colts and Eagles have been doing for years - funny that they are also perennial playoff contenders.

Whatever extension we sign McNabb to is going to ahve ramifications past this cap-free season. The cap has no bearing on this season.

We have a capable starter at QB for how long? We are going to get younger in other places, and just as that "youth" starts coming into its playing prime, I fear we will see McNabb retiring, and then what?

Why is it a bad idea to use a 1 or 2 in the next couple drafts to get a QB? Why do we want to avoid doing that? Alot of teams that are perennial playoff contenders in the league draft and develop their QBs - teams like McNabb w/Eagles, or Brady w/Pats, or Manning w/Colts, or Roeth w/ Steelers. Others like the Ravens have relied on their D.

But most teams that become perennial contenders don't go the route of trading for 33 year old QBs.

So we are either trying to "win now". Or we are using McNabb as a stop-gap and a pretty expensive one that cost 2 picks plus whatever extension we give him.

But you don't need to draft a QB in the first or second round. Brady was a 7th round pick, Kurt Warren was not even drafetd. Hell look at Mark Rypen, Doug Williams, Joe Thiesman, none of these guys have the talent of McNabb. If we can get a 3rd round pick for Campbell, pick up Okung in with the 4th overall pick, another lineman with the 3rd round pick, hell maybe adams from Dallas. Then McNabb will do Well!

Posted by: mabplana | April 6, 2010 4:53 PM | Report abuse

Skins should not offer more than a 2 year extention.. but i think McNabb has only 2 good years left

Posted by: sovine08 | April 6, 2010 5:11 PM | Report abuse

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