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Donovan McNabb agrees to five-year contract extension

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese

(Updated: 3:46 p.m.)

Donovan McNabb will be Mike Shanahan's quarterback beyond 2010, McNabb's agent confirmed.

"We're very happy about the situation," Fletcher Smith said. "We've been working on this for a while now, and we're obviously glad to get it done. Donovan's very happy about the situation because this is where he wanted to be all along.

"From the first day we spoke, I told you this is what Donovan wanted: to have a long career in Washington and end his career here. That never changed. And the fact that we could get this done tonight, with the Redskins playing the Eagles on Monday night and everything that goes with that, I couldn't have written a better script."

ESPN first reported the story Monday afternoon, citing the terms of the deal at five years and $78 million. A source familiar with the negotiations confirmed those numbers.

McNabb's current deal was set to expire at the conclusion of this season. Though both sides have maintained since the Easter day trade that brought McNabb to Washington from Philadelphia that an extension was coming, McNabb's Oct. 31 benching cast some doubt on the prospects. News reports have suggested that Shanahan wasn't pleased with McNabb's grasp of the offense.

However, the two sides talked throughout the bye week, and neither ever wavered about McNabb's future in Washington beyond 2010.

McNabb's new deal could be worth up to $88 million with incentives, according to ESPN's Michael Smith. Citing an unnamed source, the report stated that $40 million of the extension will be guaranteed.

Halfway through the Redskins' 16-game schedule, McNabb is the NFL's 28th-ranked passer with a 76.0 quarterback rating. He's averaging 246.4 yards per game (No. 13 in the NFL) and has seven touchdowns (tied for No. 26) and eight interceptions (tied for 10th most).

The Redskins (4-4) will rely on McNabb for a playoff push in the half of 2010. McNabb is due a $5 million base salary this season and a $6.2 million roster bonus.

Washington acquired McNabb, who turns 34 on Nov. 25, from the Eagles on April 4 in exchange for a 2010 second-round draft pick (37th overall) and either a third- or fourth-round pick in 2011 based on McNabb's performance.

McNabb has been asked almost weekly about an extension this season, and he's repeatedly said that he hopes to play in Washington for many years. McNabb even mentioned at his introductory news conference that "I'm going to prepare myself to be here for years to come."

Shanahan's decision to bench him at Detroit two weeks ago apparently didn't change his mind.

The Redskins have also repeatedly said McNabb would be the team's franchise quarterback, though Shanahan said prior to the Lions' game that he wouldn't personally talk about an extension with McNabb during the season.


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Your first take: Donovan McNabb's Redskins extension

By Jason Reid and Rick Maese  | November 15, 2010; 3:41 PM ET
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Posted by: wopper | November 15, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

i'm glad to hear it. he's a good qb to have while working to improve the line. next few years we draft/acquire linemen, then get a good young qb.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | November 15, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

knew this was going to happen

Posted by: BT23 | November 15, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

WOW...just wow. Good, but WOW.

Posted by: PEACE8 | November 15, 2010 3:45 PM | Report abuse

Hilarious. I thought there was no chance McNabb would be here next year, J Reid? You and Mortenson must have the same sources.

Posted by: MylesMonroe | November 15, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

good move, bring in a C/G in the draft with the first 2 picks, bring in Mankins/VJax in free agency, and lets see how it looks....

Posted by: BeantownGreg1 | November 15, 2010 3:46 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see we didn't waste a 2nd round pick.

Posted by: dcwun | November 15, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

Who's this quinn guy breaking into our alcohol discussion with football news?

Posted by: PlayAction | November 15, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Even though I knew interrupting the booze thread was risky, I had to take a shot.

Posted by: quinn3 | November 15, 2010 3:39 PM

Haha...well it looks like the McNabb deal has trumped the booze talk...at least for now.

Posted by: PlayAction | November 15, 2010 3:48 PM | Report abuse

Good for him -- and overdue too!

Now let's go earn it.

Posted by: Vic1 | November 15, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Hope he gets in good enough shape and smart enough to run the two-minute drill or we should extend Grossman for 5 years right now since he "gives us the best chance to win"

Posted by: zjfr2 | November 15, 2010 3:51 PM | Report abuse

This is good stuff IMO. Skins can now take their time in selecting the next gen QB rather than "force" a pick or pay and arm and leg to trade up to pick one. And DM5 should be around a while to help groom his replacement. In the meantime, Skins can focus on building a league-best OL and filling out other skill positions on offense, while still devoting attention to key spots on defense (LB, , NT, FS, CB).

Posted by: manlius1 | November 15, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

His contract is up there in the Haynesworth echelon. 5 years @ $78M?

That's very similar to Tom Brady's contract. I think we have a right to expect a LOT from McNabb now.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 15, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Great organization down there in DC. bench your qb, and then make it up by giving him 40 mil. McNabb is an average at best QB. His best years are behind him. The worlds greatest martyr....Donovan McNabb. Too funny

Posted by: phillyceltic | November 15, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Seriously?? You have got to be kidding. Why?? I'm happy with him as the starter, but how much else would someone else pay for a 34 year old guy who was benched in his last game and is clearly on the backside of his career? Not even half of what the skins are paying. I thought things were changing, but it's the same old BS.

Posted by: washwave | November 15, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Looks like there's a dangerous outbreak of reason taking place at Redskins Park..Now go sign the entire Patriots offensive line..

Posted by: frak | November 15, 2010 3:56 PM | Report abuse

Same old song and dance from the skins.

An over-reaction to the media and PR related moves instead of sound football decisions.

McNabb has not shown he is worth a fraction of this deal. 28th rated passer with 7 TD and 8 INT.

I could see 2-3 years with McNabb while we build a team, but 78 Mil and 5 years? Nobody in the NFL was going to offer him anything close.

It's just another typical skins move, overpay older talent past their prime.

Inaccurate, inconsistent, now we get it for 5 more years!

Posted by: pastorbobs | November 15, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

I think McNabb is dumber for signing with the skins who are going absolutely NOWHERE the next 5 years, when he could have signed next year with Minnesota or Arizona who at least have weapons to compliment him. The skins certainly don't.

Posted by: keedrow | November 15, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

Yay...NOW and ONLY NOW can we move on from the benching.....

Bravo Snyder and Allen. They knew they had to stop this land slide NOW. And they did.

And NOW I will buy a Colt Brennan Jersey and slap McNabb on it!

Hail!

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 15, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Shutyour piehole phillyceltic.

Your QB situation in Philly will be a joke when Vick signs with Carolina next year. He's already said he would enjoy to play vs Atlanta twice a year.

Kolb is Derek Anderson part two. We'll be sweeping the Iggles twice a year until Obama leaves office.

Posted by: elfreako | November 15, 2010 3:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow - that is a lot of money (both guaranteed and total dollars). How much are P. Manning and B. Brees gonna get then??? If I'm the Saints or the Colts, I'm mad at this deal. That why the Patriots are the smartest team in football, getting Brady done at less than the McNabb deal, just a few months ago.

Posted by: tcostant | November 15, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

he should have waited until they promised to get him a quality OL or else it will be the same old problems again and again. the QB is not the problem, we have have had plenty over the years!

Posted by: BRIANSWARTZ | November 15, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

Congrats to Donovan and the skins. Let's focus on bringing some continuity and a will to win to the field.

Posted by: HornetCoach | November 15, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

So a week after benching him, he is given an $80 million contract extension. It's almost like the Redskins are TRYING to make the worst personnel move possible, season after season. This may the 2nd dumbest move Dan Snyder ever made (after cutting Brian Mitchell & replacing him with Deion Sanders), and that's really saying something.

Congrats Donovan, I guess.

Posted by: mr_bill_10 | November 15, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

he could have signed next year with Minnesota or Arizona who at least have weapons to compliment him. The skins certainly don't.

Posted by: keedrow | November 15, 2010 3:57 PM

Imbecile. You don't know the difference between compliment and complement. How a weapon compliments McNabb: "Gee, Donovan, you're just about the best QB that this old weapon has ever seen. Keep it up, Donovan. You're the greatest."

Minny and Arizona are going nowhere.

Posted by: beep-beep | November 15, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

I guess if you get your feelings hurt, then they add three years and about 30 million to your contract.

Glad to be a cowboys fan.

Posted by: Woodbridge45 | November 15, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

I think McNabb is dumber for signing with the skins who are going absolutely NOWHERE the next 5 years, when he could have signed next year with Minnesota or Arizona who at least have weapons to compliment him. The skins certainly don't.

Posted by: keedrow | November 15, 2010 3:57 PM

Unless his play improves dramtically, he made the right decision. He hit the lotto. Nobody else would sign him for that long or that much based on his performance in burgundy and gold.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 15, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

ahahahahahah another 5 yrs of losing for the redskins. get the clown of an owner outta there for starters. McNabb is the biggest fraud qb ever. if you disagree then you dont know football, he was pulled for rex Grossman enough said

Posted by: ripits247 | November 15, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

What does Barno think of this???!

Posted by: wbbradb | November 15, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Jason Campbell - 1252 Yards / 7 TD / 5 INT / 101 rushing / QB rating 81.3

Donovan McNabb - 1971 yards / 7 TD / 8 INT / 135 rushing / QB rating 76

WHAT THE *&^@!!!!!??? This is an improvement? Those numbers are also based on Campbell only starting 5 games versus Donovan's 8 games so far.

I will never accept McNabb as a Redskin. Never.

Posted by: adrianstewart | November 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

His ratings are worse that Jason Campbell for this year and we give him $78 million? Why!

Posted by: dejt1 | November 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Its a sad sad day for this franchise 78mil for a guy that cant hit a moving reciever or read a simply defense talk less of running a hurry up offense. Am sick to my stomach.

Posted by: zimife1999 | November 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

$78 million with a clause that the contract is void if McNabb turns 35 years old before the contract ends.

Posted by: kls1 | November 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Wilbon, Nov. 1: "I don't believe for a second Donovan McNabb's gonna be here next year now. Not a second. Done."

David Aldridge, Nov. 1: "Donovan McNabb is not gonna re-sign here. That's over."

Now this is classic media d-baggery. Nice guess guys, you're SJKing geniuses.

Next round? Financial apology...wait for it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse

QB stability.... done.

Posted by: cedric_lockhart | November 15, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Great organization down there in DC. bench your qb, and then make it up by giving him 40 mil. McNabb is an average at best QB. His best years are behind him. The worlds greatest martyr....Donovan McNabb. Too funny

Posted by: phillyceltic | November 15, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse
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Go away. Get back to booing your players.

Posted by: AdamCr | November 15, 2010 4:06 PM | Report abuse

how can people be posting that this is a good thing? has anyone been watching the skins play? donovan is the 25th rated qb in the league right now. he constantly over throws, under throws, and just plain misses receivers. he should have been a short term fix while we found a real qb. this is going to be one of the worst contracts in nfl history. while the skins may be winning some games, it has little to do with the qb. not to mention that shanny now looks like a chump as we ust gave brady/manning money to an out of shape qb who cant even run the two minute offense. at least only 40 million is guaranteed. wow. every below average free agent to be is once again licking their chops to negotiate with the skins "brain trust".

Posted by: matthewcurtis | November 15, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Sounds like a similar deal to the one the Vikings signed with Randy Moss ?

Posted by: rixxk | November 15, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

$78 million with a clause the contract is void if at any time McNabb turns 35 years old.

Posted by: kls1 | November 15, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

while I was in agreement that he should be given an extension, that is ridiculous money. 5 years with 40 million guaranteed? I guess the skins are banking on the salary cap being gone forever. no way McNabb plays those 5 years.

I'm glad for Donovan, He is a class guy and after the BS of the last 2 weeks, at least he gets to laugh all the way to the bank.

Posted by: torrey151 | November 15, 2010 4:08 PM | Report abuse

Wow...Kobe has "relations" with a woman who isn't his wife and only has to buy a ring. Shanny benches his QB and mangles his explanation and has to shell out 40 MIL GUARANTEED! I want McHammy's agent to negotiate my next contract!

Posted by: sanantonioredskin | November 15, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

You can count the Shanahan family gone. Snyder made this move because the last thing the Deadskins want to be accused of is racism, i.e. McNabb is too stupid to figure out yhe playbook. Mikey and Kyle may never get a job again after this.

Posted by: cbtole2 | November 15, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

I feel like the troll bus just pulled up and a bunch of clowns popped out and started running around and throwing pies at each other. Better than what we were getting from Person_Foul, but what's the point?

Posted by: beep-beep | November 15, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Heading to the liquor store...anyone need anything?

Posted by: PlayAction | November 15, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

That why the Patriots are the smartest team in football, getting Brady done at less than the McNabb deal, just a few months ago.

Posted by: tcostant | November 15, 2010 4:00 PM

Look, you stupid MoFo....Brady got $19.8Mil/yr......McNabb got $15.6....and Manning will get $25Mil......And Bress will get around $17/$18Mil....

If you went to math class, you will see Brady's deal is MORE than McNabb's....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 15, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

ha ha ha ha ha ha. i am crying i am laughing so hard.

Posted by: funkey | November 15, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

I guess if you get your feelings hurt, then they add three years and about 30 million to your contract.

Glad to be a cowboys fan.

Posted by: Woodbridge45 | November 15, 2010 4:01 PM |

Now that's funny...and pathetic. Woodbridge? Get help loser.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 15, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse

Monday headline: McNabb Signs Extension

Tuesday headline: O-Line Struggles Against Rejuvenated Eagles D, McNabb on IR, Grossman to Start

Posted by: EKruse | November 15, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Stability at QB is good for the Skins. All the media BS was much a do about nothing. Good job.

Posted by: joewashington1 | November 15, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I like the long term contract but not the amount of $$ we're giving him. He'll never improve until we invest that type of money in OL, WR and RB (everything except for QB). Look at Jason Campbell now in Oakland. Goes to a young team that invested years in OL and he's going to lead them to the playoffs. He's not as good as McNabb but the rest of the pieces around him make up for it.

Posted by: HokieDoke | November 15, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Not to be that conspiracy theorist guy...but I wonder if this could be part of a sign and trade involving Cutler this offseason? Remember it was Shanahan who drafted Cutler. That would reunite Jay & Shanny and Donovan gets paid while returning to the city he grew up in.
Jay seems to be wearing out his welcome in Chicago anyway so donovan comes back to save the hometown team...its real Disney movie stuff.

Posted by: BigDaddy651 | November 15, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

Too long for an older QB.

Posted by: dcg326 | November 15, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

I guess if you get your feelings hurt, then they add three years and about 30 million to your contract.

Glad to be a cowboys fan.

Posted by: Woodbridge45 | November 15, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse
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Glad to see you coming out the woodwork after a win, as expected. Great Roy Williams signing, btw. Don't change a thing down there!

Posted by: AdamCr | November 15, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

How much does Brady make? Thought so.

Posted by: dclifer97 | November 15, 2010 4:13 PM | Report abuse

Next round? Financial apology...wait for it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 15, 2010 4:05 PM

Boy that didn't take long. Look at some of the short bussers posting on here in the last few minutes. I didn't think people were really that stupid but I stand corrected.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 15, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe all that green will incentivize him to get in shape, throw the ball somewhere besides straight down or over the receivers. However, I will concede that a professional offensive line would do wonders for him and us. JG had an O-line and won with a variety of QB s.

Posted by: radioflyer43 | November 15, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

talk about covering your butt. so i guess kyle Shanahan will be leaving after the season.

Posted by: oknow1 | November 15, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

GREAT MOVE,,,IF,,,we draft all offensive linemen next year, then some defense/wr/rb the following year, and then a QB the 3rd year. This is called, giving us a chance to win some now, and building for the future, because the D is getting older so we cant do a complete rebuild on both sides of the ball.

LAST POINT,,,Great apology to Donovan, this isnt tooooo transparent Shanny :)

Posted by: cm88 | November 15, 2010 4:15 PM | Report abuse

This fan base is fickle at best and very confusing.
Dont understand the hate over this contract, its what a vet w/ Dmacs credentials would demand. And it fits our plans and having gave up an early draft pick for him.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 15, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Another brilliant personnel move by the Snyder administration.

Bruce Allen has officially fallen under the thrall of Dan-cula. Bruce will soon be wearing that same blank stare that Vinny Cerrato had for all those years.

Posted by: dcnationals1 | November 15, 2010 4:16 PM | Report abuse

Nice to see we didn't waste a 2nd round pick.

Posted by: dcwun | November 15, 2010 3:47 PM

It's called a SIGN and Trade. We trade McNabb and Haynesworth in the offseason to the Cards for Larry Fitzgerald, Darnell Dockett and their their 1st.

We trade up to #1 and draft Andrew Luck.

Book it?

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 15, 2010 4:17 PM | Report abuse

This sounds like a lot of money, but maybe Snyder knows something about where the union negotiations are going. Anyway, if I am McNabb, I take this deal. Football players have to live the rest of their lives on the money they saved during their playing years; why take less money to "play for a contender"? Plus, he will get more money here for TV commercials than in some smaller market. As far as performance, Campbell is tearing up the league now that he has an O-line. So could McNabb or any half-decent QB. So, if the team ever gets an O-line . . .

Posted by: kauf5413 | November 15, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

beep beep

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 15, 2010 4:18 PM | Report abuse

hey eagles fans, go ahead and start sending dan snyder some hatemail b/c he just made mike vick's FA value SKYROCKET!

Posted by: drewredskins | November 15, 2010 4:19 PM | Report abuse

"Hilarious. I thought there was no chance McNabb would be here next year, J Reid? You and Mortenson must have the same sources."

Add Wilbon to that list.

Congrats DMac!

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 15, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

A couple of quick points for all the "wanna be" GMs around here.

For one thing, I think that with McNabb seeing the writting on the wall that Childress is on the way out in Minny, the Vikings became less likely as a Plan B.

As for playing at home in Arizona... When people mention "all the weapons" the Cards have, they must have missed the fact that Anquan plays in B-more now and Breaston has struggled with injuries and lack of production in his attempt to become the new #2 WR. And they have no running game and an O-line that is every bit as bad as the Skins' O-line.

As for all these claims that "No one else would have offered as much money to McNabb." I would love to know who your sources are. Just take a look at how much money a guy like Matt Cassel is making off of 1 good year. Plus, lots of teams in this league have major issues at QB, including the afore mentioned Arizona Cardinals. Its obvious that he would have had some offers and NONE of us can know what a bidding war and a new CBA could have led to.

Posted by: SportzWiz | November 15, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Y does everyone want us to draft all O linemen next year? Just b/c you draft O linemen, doesn't make your O line good. If there is a WR rated higher than a O Linemen in the 1st round, then we have to take the WR.


Guess now is the best time to buy a McNabb jersey...

Posted by: roccoskins | November 15, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Heading to the liquor store...anyone need anything?

Posted by: PlayAction | November 15, 2010 4:09 PM

Berry flavored Cisco or kiwi flavored MD 20/20.

Thanks

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 15, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

This fan base is fickle at best and very confusing.
Dont understand the hate over this contract, its what a vet w/ Dmacs credentials would demand. And it fits our plans and having gave up an early draft pick for him.

Posted by: Stu27 | November 15, 2010 4:16 PM

"Halfway through the Redskins' 16-game schedule, McNabb is the NFL's 28th-ranked passer with a 76.0 quarterback rating. He's averaging 246.4 yards per game (No. 13 in the NFL) and has seven touchdowns (tied for No. 26) and eight interceptions (tied for 10th most)."

At 34 years old, we all know his shelf life is limited. We're paying him for his performance with the Eagles now.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 15, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Hopefully, it's really a 4 year 40 million dollar deal with incentives.

Now go draft a first round QB to give him a year or two to mature (and play when 5 gets hurt - which he will) and BUILD THE FRIGGEN O-LINE!

McNabb is 34, he ain't gonna last forever...

Posted by: edvar | November 15, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

I wonder what John "irregardless" Feinstein will write about now.

Probably something along the lines of how even though Shanny pursued McNabb, offered 2 draft picks for him and now has him enough in the future plans that McNabb will be receiving 40-mil in 'caish' to go with a potential for an additional 32-mil, that Shanny still has a beef with a black QB.

Yeahhhhhh, that's the ticket.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 15, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

hope he's cool with bringing along another kevin kolb cause we're drafting one

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | November 15, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

Shanny's stupidity just cost his boss $40mil. Ohhwell. Let's hope benching was the last dumb thing shanny does. Bruce needs to save the Mastermind from himself. I really hope Bruce grows some balls and doesn't let shanny set this franchise back another 10 years with his retarded personnel decisions like selecting that Ohio state dude, signing all browns linemen, selecting cutler.

I'll only be happy about this if the skins beat the iggles!

Posted by: dealer1 | November 15, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

here we go again with crazy spending. he is not a good qb anymore. this is what us fan have to deal with stupidity of the redskins organization.

Posted by: ntrana | November 15, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

Coach.. protect him in the Pocket.

Or he will not last.

ISA

Posted by: vettesport | November 15, 2010 4:26 PM | Report abuse

I hope this shut the morons’ mouth about racism. And just in case the same morons try to take some credit for the signing, hear Mcnabb’s agent:
"We're very happy about the situation," Fletcher Smith said. "We've been working on this for a while now, and we're obviously glad to get it done”
The key to that is “...working on this for a while …”
Now is time to can some of those media idiots - Mitchell, Feinstein, Thompson, et al - from the sports news organization.

Posted by: hock1 | November 15, 2010 4:27 PM | Report abuse

here we go again with crazy spending. he is not a good qb anymore. this is what us fan have to deal with stupidity of the redskins organization.

Posted by: ntrana | November 15, 2010 4:28 PM | Report abuse

The timing of the announcement is strange to say the least.

There is something rotten in the state of Ashburn.

Posted by: swowra | November 15, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

@PlayAction

a six of Yuengling. They don't have it in Seattle.

Let get that win tonight!

Posted by: tomass169 | November 15, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

/facepalm

Posted by: marylandmymaryland | November 15, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Wow, wow. Just a stunningly stupid deal (unless you’re Donovan, that is).

And this is all predicted on what? That he gets better and improves over the course the contract? Oh – and he gets younger, too?! Gimme a break. Like I said, kudos to Donovan for nailing down the glide path into retirement, but from the team’s stand point this is ludicrous. This team is doomed.

Posted by: gonatsgo1 | November 15, 2010 4:29 PM | Report abuse

Now this is classic media d-baggery. Nice guess guys, you're SJKing geniuses.

Next round? Financial apology...wait for it.

Posted by: scampbell1975 | November 15, 2010 4:05 PM | Report abuse


Was in the car listening to 980, That slob Coach Thompson is already preaching it is an apology pay off.

That was over 20 minutes ago. He is all over the apology angle ever since he got word. ITs sad actually.

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | November 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Y does everyone want us to draft all O linemen next year? Just b/c you draft O linemen, doesn't make your O line good. If there is a WR rated higher than a O Linemen in the 1st round, then we have to take the WR.


Guess now is the best time to buy a McNabb jersey...

You have to draft an Oline to protect the QB so he has time to find that WR, so we can run the ball to keep the defense from blitzing EVERY down, and to also give the WR time to run the route and get open. It all starts with the O-line, but unfortuately we have and have had overpaid idiots that seem to not understand basics,,,,like when we won multiple superbowls with different QBs because we had good o and d lines. Kind of like the O's buying good hitters every year when it is pitching that wins,,,we just dont have a very smart sports town in terms of owners, except for Big Ted :)

Posted by: cm88 | November 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

I liked the trade but it has not worked out. This was a stupid move and had danny boys hands a over it

Posted by: rschotta1 | November 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

It looks more like a 3 year deal worth $40 million guaranteed in an uncapped year. Fix the o-line and it's an ok move, I guess... Skins by 13 tonight...

Posted by: BallsDeep | November 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

Donovan,

The Redskins are a GREAT place to retire!

Signed,
Deion (you can call me Prime Time!)

Posted by: Alan4 | November 15, 2010 4:30 PM | Report abuse

elfreako,
Birds have the best QB situation out there, and you know it. If the Skins do win it will not be because they have 5 as qb. I am laughing even more...thx for that.

Posted by: phillyceltic | November 15, 2010 4:31 PM | Report abuse

After 20 years of bleeding burgundy and gold, I give up.

The guy turns 34 in a week.

We are the laughingstock of the league, and we have earned every bit of it. We're winning in spite of him, and every day that goes by he's one day older.

I can't remember the last time I was this pissed. Whatever.

Posted by: messykat | November 15, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Hah Hah Hah ha hahahahahahahahahahah!!!!

Little Danny Boy's big Blonde babe must've pushed him on this one because no sane person would sign a QB who's ratings have been going down every year, hasn't played more than 1 complete season in the last 7, and is beat up and had his day.

Nice!!!! - for everyone else in the league.

Posted by: Dog-1 | November 15, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

I think I'm done trying to figure this team out. I'm just going to cheer for the team and not concern myself with the other stuff (somewhat anyway). Understanding why they're doing things a certain way is just too confusing. Don't get me wrong. I like McNabb, always have, but when has a guy ever gotten a megadeal after being benched and having questions about his work ethic, intelligence, etc. leaked to the press. Did Shanahan realize he totally effed up his QB situation and had to do something drastic to patch it up?

Only the "signal caller" fiasco of last year was more odd. IMO

Posted by: skinswest | November 15, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

"Y does everyone want us to draft all O linemen next year?"

Two words: Trent Williams

Odds are that and o-lineman pans out better then a WR in the first round. O-linemen are rarely busts that high.

Saying this, fully expect a RB with that first pick in April.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 15, 2010 4:33 PM | Report abuse

When you have Dan Snyder ,stupid money, this is a short term fix. Everything he does is a short term fix be it money or PR spew..he fixed the racism critisism(thanks feinstein & wise, you friggin jerks)and if he will hand a POS like haynesworth a 21 million check, then it doeasn't really matter to him when we get rid of those guys. he can afford the screwup of signing whoever he thinks will bring the skins and their fans goodwill and publicity. everything changes with new coach, OFF cord, def cord and Qb, but everything will always stay the same with Snyder owning this team. throw good money after bad is all he ever does. he and he alone makes this team harder and harder to root for. I loved Boswell's column today, perfectly nailed this ownerships lack of true commitment to build a football organization and team. Now go beat the beagles on national TV and all will be well for a week...HAIL!

Posted by: klangley69 | November 15, 2010 4:34 PM | Report abuse

How can the Washington Post and ESPN be so far off the story?

Posted by: TBONE86 | November 15, 2010 4:35 PM | Report abuse

AdamCr

You know nothing about Philly fans. Have fun with poor ole Donovan. HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by: phillyceltic | November 15, 2010 4:36 PM | Report abuse

What a waste of money! Snyder never learns. At 33 McNabb is simply a retirement in waiting. And he is playing lousy this year. Jason Campbell is a better rated QB this year. Philadelphia knew what they were doing when they dumped him.

Posted by: BigTrees | November 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

4thFloor said ->

"That why the Patriots are the smartest team in football, getting Brady done at less than the McNabb deal, just a few months ago.

Posted by: tcostant | November 15, 2010 4:00 PM

Look, you stupid MoFo....Brady got $19.8Mil/yr......McNabb got $15.6....and Manning will get $25Mil......And Bress will get around $17/$18Mil....

If you went to math class, you will see Brady's deal is MORE than McNabb's....

Posted by: 4thFloor | November 15, 2010 4:10 PM | Report abuse"

No reason to get nasty, Brady deal was $72 million total was what I referring to. Brady's deal is more per year ($18M per), but I'm just pointing out this is crazy money putting McNabb even close to Brady's deal. Just crazy.

BTW - Don't build yourself up, by tearing others down. It is rude.

Posted by: tcostant | November 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

I think I'm done trying to figure this team out. I'm just going to cheer for the team and not concern myself with the other stuff (somewhat anyway). Understanding why they're doing things a certain way is just too confusing. Don't get me wrong. I like McNabb, always have, but when has a guy ever gotten a megadeal after being benched and having questions about his work ethic, intelligence, etc. leaked to the press. Did Shanahan realize he totally effed up his QB situation and had to do something drastic to patch it up?

Only the "signal caller" fiasco of last year was more odd. IMO

Posted by: skinswest | November 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

You piece of crap reid and the posyt. you say my comment can't be posted because i posted too many in a short period of time.WTF!!! I last posted after Wise's spew the other day and I see people post on here numerous times a day. CENSORSHIP at it's finest...

Posted by: klangley69 | November 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

You piece of crap reid and the post. you say my comment can't be posted because i posted too many in a short period of time.WTF!!! I last posted after Wise's spew the other day and I see people post on here numerous times a day. CENSORSHIP at it's finest...

Posted by: klangley69 | November 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

You piece of crap reid and the post. you say my comment can't be posted because i posted too many in a short period of time.WTF!!! I last posted after Wise's spew the other day and I see people post on here numerous times a day. CENSORSHIP at it's finest...

Posted by: klangley69 | November 15, 2010 4:37 PM | Report abuse

Sigh....The Redskins retire players better than any sports in the world.

Posted by: demonj21 | November 15, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

washington redtards fans are still idiots, i see.

a 5-year extension for donovan mcbenched??

lmfao! you can't buy a championship, you cretins!

Posted by: 10peterbilt | November 15, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Saying this, fully expect a RB with that first pick in April.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | November 15, 2010 4:33 PM |

Why? I am sure Fred Taylor, Sammy Morris, Willis McGahee, Thomas Jones will be available and maybe we can go after Jamal Lewis or Correll Buckhalter?

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | November 15, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

oops sorry for the double post

Posted by: skinswest | November 15, 2010 4:39 PM | Report abuse

yes - the post wants to silence YOU, klangley69. you are too dangerous!

ha ha ha ha

Posted by: funkey | November 15, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse


he-he-he!!

Posted by: 10peterbilt | November 15, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Next up:

Joey Galloway signs 2 year $25 million extension. It was an apology pay off for not getting more balls thrown his way.

-Matt Mosley

Posted by: gatorskinz2000 | November 15, 2010 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Considering 88 million dollars; I expect no more losses this season and a Super Bowl win in February. No if's and's or butt's. Get it McNabb.

Posted by: memyselfI1 | November 15, 2010 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Folks who think this is overpaying, what is the going rate for a guy who has led his team to 5 conference championship games and a Super Bowl and has been to the pro bowl about 8 times? Take a look at what some of the stiffs who take snaps in the NFL make. Sure, it is lots of money, but $10 mil a year for 4 years (what this deal really is) is more or less the going rate for a half-decent NFL QB. I suspect he would have made more if he became a free-agent and signed with the highest bidder. There are lots of teams out there with nobody at QB who would have paid dearly for DM5.

Posted by: manlius1 | November 15, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

So now let's get some more offensive linemen and wide receivers to make use of our quarterback. All you experts above, the QB is not the only person playing offense.

Posted by: dcc1968 | November 15, 2010 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Not a big McNabb fan, but the signing gives the Skins some stability at QB for at least 3 years. I won't be mad if they draft Boise State's QB next year. Should have brought in Kevin Mawae to shore up the middle of the O-line during the bye-week

Posted by: coparker5 | November 15, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Lawd, Lawd, Lawd.

This is worse than when Kobe Bryant had to buy his wife that huge rock after getting in a "little trouble" in Colorado a few years back!!

Shanahan put his foot in his mouth then he does this to quiet the critics. I think they just got louder. LMAO.

Posted by: HippoWatts | November 15, 2010 4:46 PM | Report abuse

GREAT JOKE FOR MAY 21, 2011 WILL BE HERE AND NO MORE FOOTBALL AFTER THAT DAY

Posted by: lostdogrwd1011 | November 15, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

Snyder is a businessman and a darn good one at making money. Maybe he's got a guarantee on Redskins-McNabb jerseys for 5 years or some other deals. This may have nothing to do with football. Just saying...

Posted by: SkinsFan39 | November 15, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

Snyder is a businessman and a darn good one at making money. Maybe he's got a guarantee on Redskins-McNabb jerseys for 5 years or some other deals. This may have nothing to do with football. Just saying...

Posted by: SkinsFan39 | November 15, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Redskins fans are happy about having McNabb locked up but, seriously, 78 mil for 5 years? Talk about over-paying! I bet he couldn't get over 30 mil for 3 years from any other team in the league.

Posted by: NMModerate1 | November 15, 2010 4:49 PM | Report abuse

alright i'm going to have to watch this game on mute the commentary is going to be so f-ing irritating

also the offense sucking is less psychologically damaging with the sound off

Posted by: BrooklynSkins | November 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

for those who thought the benching had something to do with it:

Adam_Schefter

Parameters of Donovan McNabb's deal were agreed to in OCTOBER. He took same deal on table since then. No negotiations today. None.

Posted by: jasonbrown20 | November 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

The folks who are gagging over the 5 years and 78 million don't know much about how contracts work in the NFL. The only figure that matters is the 40 million guarranteed. I'm betting that he doesn't see either the 5 years or the 78 mil.

And on anothe subject, what's the over-under on the number of fights in the stands tonight? Based on my experiences with obnoxious Philly fans (a redundancy, I know) I'm putting it at 5.

Posted by: rufus_t_firefly | November 15, 2010 4:51 PM | Report abuse

not many quarterbacks win Super Bowls over age 34. not sure McNabb will be able to pull it off.

http://football.about.com/cs/superbowl/a/sbquarterbacks.htm

Posted by: torrey151 | November 15, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 15, 2010 4:52 PM | Report abuse

The only fight that matters is the one on the field.

Eagles 27
Redskins 17

McNabb will continue his recent history by throwing more picks than interceptions tonight but at least he'll be able to afford to buy drinks for everyone.

Posted by: HippoWatts | November 15, 2010 4:55 PM | Report abuse

rufus - the Skins fanbase is soft and that stadium is repeatedly taken over by visiting fanbases like the Eagles, Giants and Steelers. I rarely if ever see fights in the stands, as the types of fans you draw aren't the fighting kind. They are corporate types and guests of defense contractors and/or the fans of another team who bought the tickets from a disgruntled skins fans. All the "fighters" were long ago priced out of Fed Ex. That stadium is one of the most non-existant home field advantages in football.

Posted by: rls1188 | November 15, 2010 4:57 PM | Report abuse

Nothing spells racism more than 40 million dollars guaranteed. Feinstein, YOU sir are an idiot.

Posted by: wewbank1 | November 15, 2010 4:58 PM | Report abuse

The Danny has struck again. I wonder how Shannahan's dealing with it?

Posted by: mriley0223 | November 15, 2010 4:59 PM | Report abuse

Wow!!
I'm an Eagles Fans, and a McNabb fan. Hated that he came to DC, because I can't root for him, but $78M, $40M guaranteed??? He really hasn't shown much, albeit, he's been running for his life every week. Might be another case of Danny paying too much.

Posted by: Kolchak | November 15, 2010 5:01 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Donovan will get $40 mil of Dan's money guaranteed. I hope Dan saved some to get an offensive line. If he didn't, Donovan will be spending a good part of the next five years injured. At least he will not be poor.

Posted by: jharrington1 | November 15, 2010 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Early this afternoon, all they were saying on WTEM is that there "was nothing new," "the two sides weren't close," "nothing was imminent."

Man, for a station owned by Danny Boy, those numb-nutzes are really out of the loop. Way to go, guys!

Posted by: Sunshine_Bobby_Carpenter_Is_Too_Pessimistic_For_Me | November 15, 2010 5:08 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins just signed the NFL's 28th rated passer to a 5-year, $78 million contract. Paging Jason Taylor, paging Bruce Smith, paging Deion Sanders, yoo hoo, anyone there?

Posted by: ShovelPlease | November 15, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Danny's got the money (thanks to us).

I like it. McNabb is ranked 28th because we stink. Brady would be ranked 28th, too, behind our line, except that he'd be on crutches by now.

I don't see the 5 years as 5 years of playing, either. I see it as a couple years of playing (and mending injuries) and a few years mentoring a young QB and shifting to a back up role... hopefully, we throw a Super Bowl victory in there for fun.

Good move by the Redskins. McNabb is great in the pocket, which is KEY with "Captain Casey and The Doormen" providing protection. The guy has a great work ethic that should rub off on a rookie, he doesn't text photos of his private parts, and he doesn't drag his team or his coach through the dirt when things go badly... ahem... like with the recent "situation."

A Classy guy. Decent QB. Hope the team gets to celebrate all over the Eagles tonight.

This gives me hope. Team may just be a bit "fired up." One less distraction. Here's to alligator arms Galloway! May he finally do something to earn his paycheck.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 15, 2010 5:12 PM | Report abuse

Hmmm.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Man wtf we are finished,you watch he fold tonight and then scratch your head why the skins did this

Posted by: thomasuras | November 15, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

This just in: Mike didn't negotiate this deal! Surprise!

Posted by: jharrington1 | November 15, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

This just in: Mike didn't negotiate this deal! Surprise!

Posted by: jharrington1 | November 15, 2010 5:17 PM | Report abuse

I like McNabb, but this is too much, too long.

Snyder still a moron.

Posted by: CF11555 | November 15, 2010 5:18 PM | Report abuse

Hey, not all front offices are smart like the Eagles' who shop for their QBs in the prison Dog Murdering Ward.

I would rather root for McNabb and lose than root for that slimey, lying, pet-torturing moron that's leading the Eagles.

Here's to Vick's broken spine! May he deem himself unfit to fight anymore.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 15, 2010 5:19 PM | Report abuse

Typical redskin move and just as bad as all the other moves they make. The list of mistakes like this one is endless. What makes you people think this is any different?

Posted by: lp_lodestar | November 15, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Great organization down there in DC. bench your qb, and then make it up by giving him 40 mil. McNabb is an average at best QB. His best years are behind him. The worlds greatest martyr....Donovan McNabb. Too funny

Posted by: phillyceltic | November 15, 2010 3:55 PM | Report abuse
=====================================================
Yo phillyceltic, shut up until your team has a trophy. Nobody cares about the eagles being stuck in groundhog day hell when it comes to football. Fight like hell to make the playoffs, then get bounced out. The plot has gotten old. You guys are like the Ravens, part 2.

Posted by: clark202 | November 15, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

I like McNabb, but this is too much, too long.

Snyder still a moron

Posted by: CF11555 | November 15, 2010 5:21 PM | Report abuse

This is a wise move by the team. Next year's draft needs to focus on multiple offensive linemen and a wide receiver. Let's lock Donovan into our system for the next several years and draft his replacement in 2012.

Posted by: drischord | November 15, 2010 5:22 PM | Report abuse

Maybe this will shut up all the people talking about apologies, blaming the media, etc: http://dc.sbnation.com/washington-redskins/2010/11/15/1816074/donovan-mcnabbb-contract-extension-redskins-five-years-october . The basic deal was in place well over a month ago.

Just kidding -- I'm sure people will continue to have the same knee-jerk reactions that read way more into this than they should, just like with the benching. Who needs the truth when speculation is so much more fun, amirite?

Posted by: jcabana | November 15, 2010 5:23 PM | Report abuse

You piece of crap reid and the post. you say my comment can't be posted because i posted too many in a short period of time.WTF!!! I last posted after Wise's spew the other day and I see people post on here numerous times a day. CENSORSHIP at it's finest...

Posted by: klangley69 | November 15, 2010 4:37 PM |

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Jeez. I wonder why they would want to censor YOU of all people. That's weird.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 15, 2010 5:25 PM | Report abuse

Man wtf we are finished,you watch he fold tonight and then scratch your head why the skins did this

Posted by: thomasuras | November 15, 2010 5:26 PM | Report abuse

I thought we finally got a g.m who knew what he is doing, i guess not. The circus came back into town

Posted by: TheSmurfs | November 15, 2010 5:27 PM | Report abuse

Can't wait for the game. I always start believing more as the kickoff draws near.

You'd think I'd have learned something over the past few years. But, nope.

I'm turning into iH8dallas by the minute.

(Vick dead by the 2nd quarter, McNabb 8 TDs, Torain over 200 yds by halftime, and D Hall sets new NFL record with 5 picks (all returned for TDs)... Skins win 162 - 3.

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 15, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

It is nice to have a franchise QB in place, a proven and future Hall of Fame QB, a leader by example, and a great public face for the struggling Redskins franchise especially after the sequence of indefensible fumbling by the head coach and his son last week. It's also nice that Dan Snyder has the health of his franchise in mind by signing this model person for the fans, and a leader for the team to build with. He may not deliver a Super Bowl but he will deliver respectability, something that has been lacking for some time. I hope T.O. learns what real leaders receive and maybe he can take a lesson from Donovan.

Posted by: bfjam | November 15, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

First Offensive Play from scrimmage:

Casey Rabach scores on an 82 yd fumblerooski.

He scores his second touchdown as he receives the lateral on an end around from Santana Moss, makes a couple people miss, breaks a tackle and sprints up the sideline. You aint catchin him!

Posted by: Thinker_ | November 15, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder has got to be the dumbest rich man in America. Give a washed up old QB 78 million dollars! What is this guy thinking? I think I know, he is so star struck that he wanted the old washed up QB as his buddy. Incredible. Look for more years of mediocre performance out at FedEx Field, at least 5 years it appears.

Posted by: rayherron | November 15, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

Stock up on the rogaine because you will eventually be pulling your hair out. Donnie Mac is a great person, however his best QB days are in the rear view mirror. He will do enough to make you think you have a chance. Then he will break your heart. I know from watching him for 11 years.

Posted by: eaglesmomma | November 15, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

Stock up on the rogaine because you will eventually be pulling your hair out. Donnie Mac is a great person, however his best QB days are in the rear view mirror. He will do enough to make you think you have a chance. Then he will break your heart. I know from watching him for 11 years.

Posted by: eaglesmomma | November 15, 2010 5:43 PM | Report abuse

yet another clueless move by a clueless owner

Posted by: leedisantis | November 15, 2010 5:44 PM | Report abuse

Just woke up...is today April 1st???

Posted by: poresident97 | November 15, 2010 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Guess we know why McNabb was benched for the two-minute drill: he had cardiovascular issues. He was hyperventilating after he saw his contract offer.

Posted by: rwsitb | November 15, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

His career shows that if you put a decent line in front of him and give him some solid targets he is going to win you 10 or 11 games.

Those aren't Peyton Manning numbers and he isn't going to win a game by himself as Manning seems to do with regularity.

Whether the Redskins will actually PUT a line in front of him and give him an athletic wide receiver before he is 40 years old is another question.

THAT is what I would be worried about, and not the extension that McNabb signed today.

Posted by: RoyHobbs4 | November 15, 2010 5:51 PM | Report abuse

This is very good news., things are looking up.

Now in the off season, they[sic] must work on the O-Line, receivers and finding a stellar RB.

Posted by: Defund_NPR | November 15, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

Tom Brady would've looked good in a Redskins uniform.

Posted by: zephyr99 | November 15, 2010 5:54 PM | Report abuse

Jack Kent Cooke has been rolling over in his grave so long he'll arrive in China before the season is over.

Posted by: zephyr99 | November 15, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

THERE IS NO MONEY LAUNDERING IN THE NFL.

Uh, Mr. President, what is your definition of the word, "is"?

Posted by: EliPeyton | November 15, 2010 5:58 PM | Report abuse

many of your dumb racist on the blog and other lunatics wanted j. campbell lynched and claimed he was the problem with the offensive, now you are howling like a bunch of savage wolves that campbell is rated higher than mcnabb(nice for him he has a big contract) too bad bigots raiders have more young talent than redskins and today have a better team, campbell is playing solid. washington would be wise to start playing ALL younger players and see what they can to in a REAL nfl game and start releasing alot of the players who can't play starting with no. 78 and 61 I don't see the DIC-tater doing that.

Posted by: wathu19 | November 15, 2010 6:07 PM | Report abuse

Why? McNabb was benched yesterday then receives a 75 million dollar contract today. Well, it ain't my money but I've been a Redskins fan for decades. Synder has proven to be a financial wizard but not smart when it comes to football. Even the people around him that are supposed to know leave a lot to be desired.

Posted by: skinfreak | November 15, 2010 6:09 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. He has not performed well enough to deserve this contract even considering the line. Now by the time you build a line so they can't be blamed and get more wr's he will be declining even further and we'll be saddled with the contract. New GM, new coach same story. For people who keep saying he is a HOF'er why is that what has he done???? 80's and up inductees: Griese, Fouts, Elway, Kelly, Marino, Montana, Young, Bradshaw, Moon and Aikman. McFabb is not the equal of any of these. Unbelievable.

Posted by: skinsfan2k | November 15, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

Do they get footwork with that?

Posted by: Daveguin1 | November 15, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

Dan Snyder has got to be the dumbest rich man in America.

Posted by: rayherron

Last time I checked, Danny Boy isn't losing any money...

Hey, I wouldn't have gone out 5 years, but why should we worry about his money. The only effect it has on the team is any future salary cap and the Skins have always played the salary cap game as good as anyone. This is a move they had to make. Those draft picks wouldn't have come back to them had this not worked out. We certainly are not in a spot where we would rebuild next year with a rookie QB so this buys us some time. I don't think you every really know what you have from a coaching standpoint until you really get a chance to see it up close. I think Shanny will figure it out and start adding the pieces from here and probably have this thing turned around quicker than everyone thinks. We are 4 and 4 and we have very few pieces in place. On offense it's probably like DMac, Moss, Cooley, and Williams. Too much fan and media overreaction to everything. You got to let it play out.

Posted by: Jurgensen9 | November 15, 2010 6:20 PM | Report abuse

Now I understand why McNabb and FatAlbert were sharing the water cooler on the sideline....

Posted by: KDSmallJr | November 15, 2010 6:22 PM | Report abuse

The folks who are saying this is "unbelievable" are unbelievable.

The Skins have been doing this for years! Who but they would give a 34-year-old, inaccurate, never-won-the-big-one player such a huge contract? New GM, same old story.

If you want to read an excellent summation of McNabb's recent career, just turn to Wikipedia (see if any of this sounds familiar):

"In the season finale against the Dallas Cowboys, the Eagles were presented with a golden opportunity to improve their record to 12-4, clinch the NFC East, secure the 2nd seed, and earn a first round bye. However, starting Center Jamaal Jackson went down with a season-ending torn ACL. McNabb found it difficult to adjust to Jackson's replacement Nick Cole and it showed, as he fumbled a snap to take the Eagles out of a scoring drive. He also overthrew DeSean Jackson on a fly pattern that would have given Philadelphia an early touchdown. The Eagles would lose the season finale in a humiliating blowout of 24-0 to Dallas, ending their 6 game winning streak, giving the division to Dallas and falling to the 6th seed, with a record of 11-5. McNabb was criticized for missing crucial opportunities and was speculated to be on the hot seat in next week's rematch with Dallas in the wild-card round of the post-season.

However, the wild-card rematch with Dallas would prove to be just as disastrous, if not worse. McNabb struggled early on and was unable to get the offense into a rhythm until it was too late. His lone score came in the second half off a meaningless touchdown to DeSean Jackson. Philadelphia would fall 34-14 to Dallas, marking the first time McNabb had ever lost a first-round playoff game. Despite there being many factors in Philadelphia's loss, such as the horrible play of the defense, lack of sufficient protection along the offensive line, and costly turnovers by Michael Vick and Leonard Weaver, McNabb was heavily criticized for the loss for failure to rally the team early and holding onto the ball for too long. Despite having had arguably one of his best seasons statistically in 2009, McNabb began to face criticism and speculation about his future with the Eagles. Many also criticized a scene of him emerging from the Cowboys stadium tunnel, dancing and playing air-guitar and concluded that he was not a serious leader and contender and called for his replacement by the seemingly more serious Kevin Kolb."

Yep, that's what we just got, but for FIVE years. This is just another Bruce Smith, Jeff George, Deion Sanders, stc. etc. etc. over-the-hill-athlete-milking-the-Skins-for-one-last-payday story.

What's unbelievable is that they didn't pay him MORE.

Posted by: johnwp | November 15, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

what were the shans thinking of when they benched him? what dopes. last great trade skins make with eagles when they palmed off snead for sonny. big D still has a lot of juice left.give him some help dofus danny

Posted by: pofinpa | November 15, 2010 6:24 PM | Report abuse

I guess Feinstein's next article will be: McNabb's an Uncle Tom.

'Cause Junior couldn't possibly be wrong. Right?

Posted by: mcoghlan | November 15, 2010 7:58 PM | Report abuse

I believe that, by his third year, McNabb will be eligible for Social Security and the Redskins won't be required to pay the balance of the contract.

Posted by: grunk | November 15, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Donovan McNabb and a $78 million deal. Won't the GOP ever ban earmarks? I swear McNabb can't be the best $78 million can buy....

Posted by: waxtraxs | November 15, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

@ johnwp How is my "unbelievable" post not believable when we are on the same side??? I totally agree as I said "New GM, new coach same story." Now what do you think about the writers calling him a HOF'er? I've seen it the Post's stories several times now.

Posted by: skinsfan2k | November 15, 2010 8:09 PM | Report abuse

McNabb spelled backwards is "bbancm" which makes no sense at all, just like this deal.n

Posted by: grunk | November 15, 2010 8:11 PM | Report abuse

Danny can't stop himself from drinking from the poisoned chalice.

$40 million guaranteed for a qb on the downslide of a somewhat small career.

Somewhere in Philly Andy Reid is laughing his head off - just what does he know that Danny don't?

Posted by: krankyman | November 15, 2010 8:31 PM | Report abuse

$78 lillion to a QB that can't run a TWO minute offense. Even with the less than stellar OF line, at this price, he should win games by himself. Watch for an increase in tickets and parking.

This tells me that Danny is going to draft a QB strickly for the TWO min. offense.

Posted by: doughboy96 | November 15, 2010 8:52 PM | Report abuse

What do you think about interracial love? and interracial dating online?
I really don’t know why they call it forbidden love.
Love is an emotion that transcends all boundaries of race, caste and creed.
Love does not see the color of the skin, nor the social status of the person. The All pervading emotion is very pure and it can stand the test of time, if the need so arises.
I am a black girl and I met a white guy on blackwhitemeet dot com recently. What's your idea about interracial marriage? BLACKWHITEMEET DOT COM is a dating club for interracial singles to have fun together. Interracial is not a problem here, but a great merit to cherish!

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

McNabb is a turnover queen, enough said.

Posted by: TheAnalyst | November 16, 2010 7:19 AM | Report abuse

Snyder pays another retiree. Maybe we can get Sonny or Sam Baugh to come back, oh hes not around any more.

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