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Posted at 1:56 PM ET, 12/20/2010

When will the Redskins and Donovan McNabb part ways?

By Jason Reid

Quarterback Rex Grossman's four-touchdown performance in Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Dallas Cowboys reflects poorly on former starter Donovan McNabb, who rarely directed the offense as well as Grossman did in his first start since 2008.

For weeks, members of the coaching staff privately expressed frustration about McNabb's failure to read defenses well and consistently make plays in the passing game. And with the offense performing at a high level under Grossman, albeit for only one game against one of the league's worst defenses statistically, it seems highly unlikely that McNabb will return next season.

On Nov. 15, McNabb signed a multiyear contract extension, so the Redskins control his rights. The team gave him a $3.5 million signing bonus, which was paid this season, but nothing is guaranteed beyond the 2010 season.

In salary and bonuses this season, McNabb will be paid $14.7 million.

The Redskins hold a $10 million contract option for 2011 that they can exercise until the first game of that season, or they could release McNabb and owe him nothing. If McNabb is on the roster next season -- which seems highly doubtful at this point -- he would earn about $16.25 million.

McNabb has declined to comment since being demoted. In a text message to a reporter Sunday, McNabb's agent, Fletcher N. Smith, wrote that he has not spoken with McNabb about the future.

Coach Mike Shanahan has praised McNabb for his professionalism, and it would seem the Redskins would prefer to resolve this situation as quickly and quietly as possible. They could just release McNabb from the contract, enabling him to join another team shortly after the season ends.

Or they could keep him around and see how things develop in training camp and the preseason. But Redskins coaches already have determined McNabb is not the right fit for their long-term plans, according to people familiar with the situation.

Would McNabb have to return the $3.5 million signing bonus to prompt the Redskins to release him immediately after the season ends? Probably.

But even if he does, it could be worth it to him because it appears he doesn't have a future with the Redskins.

By Jason Reid  | December 20, 2010; 1:56 PM ET
Categories:  Donovan McNabb, Rex Grossman  
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Hopefully not until we get something in return for sending him to Arizona or Minnesota.

I'll take a 4th for that. Probably a 5th at best and most likely we'll just have to release him outright.

Dammit

Posted by: Devo2 | December 20, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

The Redskins hold a $10 million contract option for 2011 that they can exercise until the first game of that season, or they could release McNabb and owe him nothing. If McNabb is on the roster next season -- which seems highly doubtful at this point -- he would earn about $16.25 million.

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Hey JReid..
Why no mention of Trade possibilities? Is this not an option?

Posted by: onanygivensunday | December 20, 2010 2:04 PM | Report abuse

"Why no mention of Trade possibilities? Is this not an option?"

Been saying that contract is very tradable.

They baited him into that by offering him 3.5 mil. For him to get any of that he has to perform and NO team is going to wait until the season has started to pick him up as a starter.

The Skins could release him directly after the season, where they would get NOTHING, or they could trade him anywhere in between. Mind you on the last option the media would cry like wuss boy Mike Wise how bad the Skins are treating him, but who cares at this point?

McNabb's agent can say how bad the Skins have been treating him but his agent was the one who told him to sign that extension.

- Ray

Posted by: rmcazz | December 20, 2010 2:11 PM | Report abuse

I don't think there will be much of a market for him. No one really wanted him last season and that was before he was exposed as a guy who can't pick up a new system quickly. Maybe Minnesota will give us a fifth, but Arizona has a coach who doesn't like McNabb. As for San Fran, well who knows who will be coaching there? At the end of the day, we may just have to cut him. The option bonus will scare off anybody with any interest and he's not a guy you can excite your fanbase with anymore.

Posted by: MylesMonroe | December 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

the team option is likely not transferable to another team. the contract (if the option is not utilized) thus amounts to a mid-season $3.5 million apology for a 2 minute benching.

Posted by: malcolmyoung1 | December 20, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

Book this:

There will be an offer by either Minn or AZ.

Please, please, please don't package him with our first pick to move up in the draft.

That's classic 'Skins and we don't want/need that mess anymore.

Posted by: Personal_Fowl | December 20, 2010 2:14 PM | Report abuse

Shanahan was very gracious in letting JC find a better situation for himself back in April, when it was clear he no longer had a future with the Skins.

I'd be surprised if he stands in the way of letting McNabb find the best possible situation for himself. The Skins will likley get little or no compensation.

Posted by: Alan4 | December 20, 2010 2:15 PM | Report abuse

anyone who trades for him picks up the obligations of the contract. That won't make sense for most teams. There might be some teams looking at Donovan for 1 or 2 years and willing to bite the very expensive bullet as long as they can get out of the contract at a later point.

But how much would someone offer in trade for a pricey QB coming off a bad year? My guess is that teams that might want Donovan figure he'll be much cheaper as a FA, so why trade at all?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | December 20, 2010 2:18 PM | Report abuse

Jayson Taylor 2.0

Posted by: chrislarry | December 20, 2010 2:21 PM | Report abuse

I hope if no cap and if can't trade mcnabb that shanny just hangs on to him, keeps him on the bench and makes the chump watch for his "disrespectful" hissy fit he threw for being benched when he deserved to be benched!! They got the money and time that they can truly be "disrespectful" to a qb that has been OVER-RATED his entire career! It would be about time that diva got what he deserves! IT WOULD BE SO FUNNY TO SEE HIMBE A 3RD STRINGER THRough A WHOLE SEASON BEHIND A ROOKIE AND MAYBE REX!

Posted by: warriorking111285 | December 20, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

The best chance for trading him would seem to be Minnesota, but that now kind of depends on who ends up being the HC there, and whether they keep the same offensive scheme that Childress used. Hard to tell.

It's gonna be really difficult to get anything for him in a trade. Add to that the potential lockout, and it gets tougher.

Alan4 might be right -- they may just let him find his own deal and walk away.

Dammit -- now they will end up using a high draft pick next year on a QB prospect, instead of even-worse areas of need -- linemen and anyone who can play defense.

Posted by: smurff1 | December 20, 2010 2:38 PM | Report abuse

They've got him locked up. They should get something for him. Probably a 5th round pick. Someone will want him and we can always threaten to keep him on as our third QB rather than release him. *Under no circumstances should they let him go for nothing.* He cost them too much.

And spare me the "Redskins owe him better than that" nonsense. First off, this isn't Philadelphia and he doesn't have any years of service to point to. Second - and this is strictly opinion and guesswork - I think he didn't work out here because he refused to put his ego aside and put in the work. I don't think he's out of shape or stupid. I think he's uncoachable at this point. Sonny's remarks about his poor practice habits ring true to me. He strikes me as a guy who has a talent for saying the right things to the camera and making everyone else out to be the bad guy while, behind the scenes, he is a prima donna. Just my two cents.

If it were me, I'd scrape through next year with Rex and another vet backup. Use the draft and free agency to build the defense and o-line (probably by trading down for more picks) and wait to draft the QB of the future until 2012 when we can have a team around him that might help him succeed.

Posted by: mhaslup1 | December 20, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

We in Philly tried to tell ya all. This is far from over, and he will say most of the right things, right up until you take the time to read what he is really saying. His trade to the skins will be tha last trade for him, he's gonna say plenty of nce stuff on the surface, but any team that would give up a pick for him will be a fool.

Posted by: seabreezes51 | December 20, 2010 2:42 PM | Report abuse

I seriously doubt that anyone's giving up anything for him since the Skins eventually will have to let him go.

Why give up a pick for a guy you can get for free? Just to have in camp? Perhaps but I doubt it.

Picks are more a premium now then they've ever been. The Redskins may throw them around like they'll worth little; but no one else does.

Posted by: SteveMG | December 20, 2010 2:45 PM | Report abuse

There are tons of teams who could use a McNabb on the squad. We should hold on to him until an hour before game one of the NFL season. Who knows which QBs will be injured in the preseason next year. We have to maximize the draft picks we'll get. McNabb's personal interests come in second.

Posted by: Dellis2010 | December 20, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

So, after 11 years and 6 Pro Bowls DM can't read defenses? Cut him now and move on. No need for the normal Shanny smear campaign with the of the "sources close to the organization" garbage.

Posted by: dcwun | December 20, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

You all sound like skins fan who has gotten use to losing, now just accepts it. Mcnabb will leave, go to a team that knows how to coach,win

Posted by: steveo0909 | December 20, 2010 3:06 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I don't like Rex Grossman. At ALL.

But, you gotta say, if Rex can lead the team to 4 touchdowns, well, a lot of NFL QBs should be able to do it.

McNabb is gone. Everybody knows it. Holding out for picks isn't going to really work, since Shanny tipped his stupid hand before the game.

He COULD have said that he's resting McNabb. No sense getting him injured when we're out of the playoffs. But he didn't. He basically said, "He's not our guy going forward."

Not too bright.

I just hope they give Beck a shot. I think the 4 TDs were an aberration. I don't think the 3 turnovers were. Especially not the fumble. Rex is a turnover machine. Always has been.

And all these warm fuzzies for a game that got really ugly really fast and luckily wasn't a complete trouncing... To still lose and have everybody talk about "heart" and "efficiency"... well, I guess it really IS preseason.

Let's look at Beck.

Of course, we wont. Rex is "Their Guy." Unfortunately. Of all the has-beens out there.

Posted by: Thinker_ | December 20, 2010 3:19 PM | Report abuse

These are classic "Sexy Rexy" stories. He's always been propped up and then disappoints. Nothing's different here than in Chicago. Grossman was the weak link that lost the SB for Chicago. He COULD be useful as a placeholder while a drafted QB learns the system, but nothing more. Expect less and less for the next two seasons.

Posted by: i155133 | December 20, 2010 3:26 PM | Report abuse

The contract is clearly in place so the Skins can try to recoup a draft pick. I don't believe that's out of the realm of possibility when you look at some of the teams who feel they can contend with even a decent QB at the helm. Vikes, Cards, the usual suspects and I'm sure there may be others.

Posted by: skins91r | December 20, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

A battle between the teams at the bottom of the standings does not prove anything. Let's see Rex against the Eagles or even the Giants in a game that really matters. I'll take all comers on that bet. The Redskins will look like the same old sorry team of the last 10+ years.

Posted by: richyancy | December 20, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

Mcnabb is a future hall of fame QB, Its a fact. Look at his stats they are great and he was on some not so great teams. The redskins had one of the hardest schedules around and with a new offense and new defense I projected 8-8 before the season started, and I would say if they kept Mcnabb for next year they would be 10-6 and playoff run. But I cannot believe what a loser SHANAHAN is. Instead of being professional and explaining winning takes time etc,
he throws his own players under the bus!!! Remember Jake Plummer in denver he did the same thing. SHANAHAN is the problem. He has not won anything for a long time and his actions explain why.
FIRE SHANAHAN is what we should be saying. Otherwise next year will be the same thing.
8-8 at best.
FIRE SHANAHAN for destroying the redskins.

Posted by: wohwinner | December 20, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

I WANT to get a draft pick in return at minimum!! A "release" leaves nothing but egg on our faces - Wilbon can go screw himself for saying thatvthe Skins "owe" it to McNabb. I want draft picks!! Wuss boy Mike Wise just needs to grow a pair and stop whining like a little girl.... This is football!

Posted by: egrib | December 20, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

I doubt there will be much interest, or a return of the signing bonus. First, aging quarterbacks to back up young phenoms are a dime a dozen. Yes, Arizona and Minnesota want new quarterbacks, but neither is likely to pay much to get someone like McNabb, when there are so many.

As for returning the signing bonus, I won't count on it. Yes, they can hold onto him until Week 1. If they have no plans for him, but they hold onto him for the heck of it (this goes for Haynesworth too), then they risk every potential free agent signee not liking how WR treats its players and instead taking that offer from the Jets.

Posted by: Nemo24601 | December 20, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Given that his trade value is ZERO, all you can do is hold onto him through camp and hope that some other team through injury or something becomes desperate enough to actually give you a pick. Given all the bleep that has come out of Ashburn what team would be willing to give up anything? Maybe you could offer him back to the Eagles to be Mike Vicks backup (assuming they move Kolb)- maybe you'd get a 6th round pick for him. Oh wait, maybe Shanny trades another 2 & 4 for Kolb and tosses in McNabb as the clincher. His declining trade value is as much on the Shanny(s) as it is on his performance & age. McNabb's days as a full time NFL starter may have just come to an end.

Posted by: notamullethead | December 20, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone remember Warner when he was with the Giants? He was in the same boat as McNabb. He ended up having a couple of great seasons with the Arizona Cardinals before retiring.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 20, 2010 5:52 PM | Report abuse

We are actually considering Rex Grossman as our starter? After the next two games against better defensive teams than dallas I dont think we will be looking forward to Rex being our starter next season. We will be back to where we were when Steve Spurier was the coach and we had Danny Wuerffel as our QB. We will be watching McNabb win with another team. Then we will want Bruce Allen fired along with Kyle Shannahan. DC sports fans are a bunch of disgruntled fickle people always on a witch hunt to make themselves feel better about having bad teams to cheer for. Dont believe me. Watch what happens if the Caps dont have a good year. They will want the coach fired and Ovie will be the talk of trade rumors on WP web blogs.

Posted by: ged0386 | December 20, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse

Mc5 is going. I just hope to get a draft pick for him. The contract the 'Skins signed was genius. Not enough credit given there. They can get rid of him at any time.

Good work, Bruce Allen.

Posted by: PS7900 | December 20, 2010 6:39 PM | Report abuse

Mc5 is going. I just hope to get a draft pick for him. The contract the 'Skins signed was genius. Not enough credit given there. They can get rid of him at any time.

Good work, Bruce Allen.

Posted by: PS7900 | December 20, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Nobody in their right mind would give us anything for him at this point unless it is to make sure he is in their camp at the beginning of their training camp since he obviuosly needs all the time he can get to get ready for a new offense. That may be enough to get someone to part with a 5th round pick or so. Other than that they should keep him as long as they can without paying any more money and then cut him at the end of training camp if he still has not progressed enough to be the starter. He still possesses more skill and leadership than Grossman or Beck or any rookie we would draft, so if he can pick up the offense it would be worth it to keep him another season.

Of course this seems highly doubtful as it appears he didn't try and simply thought he could get by with his ability to think on his feet. Not with this OL because you don't get to stay on your feet long enough. I am not that upset because I didn't think we had enough to do much this year anyway, but it would have been nice to have the fraft pick back, at least the 4th rounder next year. It was worth a shot and didn't work. Time to go on to plan B but I hope that isn't spending our 1st round pick on a QB when we still have so many other holes to fill with players that can step in right away. If we can get a WR, RB and two OL before the draft, then ok I guess but that just isn't happening.

Posted by: dbrine1261 | December 20, 2010 6:48 PM | Report abuse

I'm no McNabb fan, but, come on. The 'Skins should have known what they were getting. He's making the same plays and mistakes he did in Philly. The difference is that he doesn't have as good a supporting cast to help bail him out.

So, if Shanahan can see what McNabb's like by looking at any game film from the last few years, you mean to tell me that he's putting his eggs in Grossman's basket? I can't believe how long Lovie Smith gave him. Chicago should have been a world-beater with even an average QB. You mean to tell me that Shanahan feels vindicated by Grossman's performance yesterday in a loss to an average Cowboy's defense?

The Skins need a better answer, whether through trade or draft. I'd live with McNabb and use him to groom the next guy for a year or so. I give him credit for helping to bring Vick and Kolb around. Pretty stupid of Snyder to throw so much money at him, though, making it tough to keep him. I feel sorry for you Redskin fans.

Posted by: eugkim | December 20, 2010 6:52 PM | Report abuse

No trade? J. Reid have you heard of trades b4?

Posted by: wewbank1 | December 20, 2010 6:55 PM | Report abuse

Grossman won't make anyone forget Brady or Peyton but he did bring them back from 20 points down..
So he couldn't (or wouldn't!)do the proper reads in the offense. He was in poor shape(the Shanahans gave that as excuse #1 for the benching against Detroit). The media didn't slander McNabb, didn't call him a "cancer" on the team.
So why the double standard where Haynesworth was involved?
Who will be the next scapegoat for the Shanahans' ineptitude? Who will be named the next "cancer"?

Posted by: markappraiser1 | December 20, 2010 7:03 PM | Report abuse


IF the Rexskins think McNabb is done then great for him. He'll get traded and probably go to the Superbowl next year.

Whos to say that McNabb wouldnt have scored 5 TDs and no turnovers.

Watch how many turnover REXY has in the next two games...hohohoho

Posted by: dannyboyrules | December 20, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse


IF the Rexskins think McNabb is done then great for him. He'll get traded and probably go to the Superbowl next year.

Whos to say that McNabb wouldnt have scored 5 TDs and no turnovers.

Watch how many turnover REXY has in the next two games...hohohoho

Posted by: dannyboyrules | December 20, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse


IF the Rexskins think McNabb is done then great for him. He'll get traded and probably go to the Superbowl next year.

Whos to say that McNabb wouldnt have scored 5 TDs and no turnovers.

Watch how many turnover REXY has in the next two games...hohohoho

Posted by: dannyboyrules | December 20, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse


IF the Rexskins think McNabb is done then great for him. He'll get traded and probably go to the Superbowl next year.

Whos to say that McNabb wouldnt have scored 5 TDs and no turnovers.

Watch how many turnover REXY has in the next two games...hohohoho

Posted by: dannyboyrules | December 20, 2010 7:04 PM | Report abuse

Redskin handle draft pics like the dislexic bank teller who gives you 2 twenties for a ten.

Posted by: alaskantuf_99 | December 20, 2010 7:32 PM | Report abuse

The Steelers should be on the phone with Bruce Allen the second the season officially ends.

McNabb may not fit the system here, but he can still play, and would be perfect should/when Big Ben implodes off field once more.

Plus, if he goes to another NFC team..he will surely beat us with no mercy.

Posted by: P_Dodd | December 20, 2010 7:35 PM | Report abuse

The same way they did with T.J. Ducket, Jason Taylor, Jason Campbell, and will soon with Jamaal Brown. "Thanks for dropping by. You can keep the money. We really didn't need those draft picks - they're over-rated. We'll just pay someone else next year who was in the Pro Bowl six years ago. Hmmm, maybe we'll need to raise ticket prices. I wonder if we can charge people to come to a practice bubble? How much can we raise the price of a beer to?"

Posted by: jburnetti | December 20, 2010 7:43 PM | Report abuse

PS7900: Aren't Bruce Allen and Shanahan the same genius' that traded 2nd and 3rd round draft picks for MacNabb?

Posted by: 4merskinsfan | December 20, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

Let's not get carried away with Grossman. He played well, better than expected. Dallas went very soft when they got up by 20 and allowed him to get in a rhythm, and then could not regain their composure when the Skins came back. Good for Grossman to take advantage of the situation. However, he also had two costly picks. SHanahan is such a megalomaniac that he will stick with Grossman at least for now to prove his is hte smartest guy in the room and that his system is so superior that anyone who is intelligent can succeed in it.

It would be in everyone's interest for McNabb to leave quietly. However, there is $3.5 million involved, and McNabb would be within his rights legally (and morally in light of how how the Shanahans have jerked him around) to stick around long enough to collect. Remember Zorn? He withstood the public humiliation of a bingo caller brought in to run the offense to collect what was owed on his contract. Can't blame him for doing that.

The Skins haqve a history of playing hardball with players, humiliating them ot do something stupid, and then cutting the check anyway (hi Albert!). McNabb is a good QB and will succeed for another season or two elsewhere. ANy other team would be stupid to give the Skins a thing when it is obvious they wil release him anyway.

Posted by: haunches | December 20, 2010 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Eight months ago, the Eagles traded McNabb for 2nd and 4th round draft picks.

Now the Skins will trade him for a ham sandwich.

Those of you arguing that the Snyder-Skins have somehow gotten wiser this year should think that over.

This is just another example in a long string of glaring embarassments. This is why the Skins suck. The Eagles will get something out of those two picks -- players who will actually play for them for years to come. The Skins have nothing to show for it.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | December 20, 2010 8:16 PM | Report abuse

Eight months ago, the Eagles traded McNabb for 2nd and 4th round draft picks.

Now the Skins will trade him for a ham sandwich.

Those of you arguing that the Snyder-Skins have somehow gotten wiser this year should think that over.

This is just another example in a long string of glaring embarassments. This is why the Skins suck. The Eagles will get something out of those two picks -- players who will actually play for them for years to come. The Skins have nothing to show for it.

Posted by: diesel_skins_ | December 20, 2010 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I heard you on that stupid radio station WJFK telling everyone that you didn't understand the decision to start Grossman. Sport commentary is all speculative on your end. You make crap up to sell.

Posted by: Budpratt1 | December 20, 2010 8:42 PM | Report abuse

I heard you on that stupid radio station WJFK telling everyone that you didn't understand the decision to start Grossman. Sport commentary is all speculative on your end. You make crap up to sell.

Posted by: Budpratt1 | December 20, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

I heard you on that stupid radio station WJFK telling everyone that you didn't understand the decision to start Grossman. Sport commentary is all speculative on your end. You make crap up to sell.

Posted by: Budpratt1 | December 20, 2010 8:43 PM | Report abuse

Grossberg is a joke, McChicken should have been cut in training camp, and we are five good drafts from being considered a dark horse for the division title which we have not sniffed since 1999. we are an absolute disgrace to pro sports and i jus think we need to blow up the name, logo, the whole turd farm and start from scratch. NY,PHI, and Dall have way too much of a head start for us to think about jumping them for a title. let alone playoff considerations. WE ARE... DETROIT EAST

Posted by: doyouktt | December 20, 2010 9:26 PM | Report abuse

hopefully, snyder can dump mcnabb to some desperate team and get a 4-5th round draft choice. he was a total bust--a huge waste of millions. but, synder can just jack up prices for tickets, parking, merchandise and concessions to pay for all that blown money, as usual.

Posted by: Socialistic | December 20, 2010 9:47 PM | Report abuse

So, now McNabb can't read defenses. I thought Shanahan said that he recognized that from the films BEFORE they traded for him. So why did we trade for him then?

This is just another case of Shanahan trying mold the player to the system instead tweaking the system to jell with the player's skills. He has already proven that it doesn't work. Enough already!

What has Shanahan won without a guy named Elway at quarterback???

Shanahan is the problem here. McNabb will land with another team and have two or three more productive years in the league and write Shanahan a thank you note for releasing him from the annual Redskin circus show.

Posted by: rpm2nite | December 20, 2010 11:08 PM | Report abuse

All we've been hearing about all season is how Haynesworth ruined the team and the battle between Haynesworth and Shanahan. Now we find out that the real story was that Donovan McNabb was screwing up and ruining the team. WTF??

Posted by: dcc1968 | December 21, 2010 12:44 AM | Report abuse

All we've been hearing about all season is how Haynesworth ruined the team and the battle between Haynesworth and Shanahan. Now we find out that the real story was that Donovan McNabb was screwing up and ruining the team. WTF??

Posted by: dcc1968 | December 21, 2010 12:46 AM | Report abuse

I just don't see Rex's performance against the Cowboys proving anything. He still fumbled, he threw an interception in first half. Sure he got the offense moving when the team was down. It is very possible the Cowboys relaxed some on defense and then Rex got hot and Cowboys couldn't get back to playing well until end of game.

This was against a bad Cowboys defense. Lets see what Rex does the next two games.

His performance against Dallas could have been a Todd Collins imitation.

Posted by: Pensfans | December 21, 2010 7:36 AM | Report abuse

I hope if no cap and if can't trade mcnabb that shanny just hangs on to him, keeps him on the bench and makes the chump watch for his "disrespectful" hissy fit he threw for being benched when he deserved to be benched!! They got the money and time that they can truly be "disrespectful" to a qb that has been OVER-RATED his entire career! It would be about time that diva got what he deserves! IT WOULD BE SO FUNNY TO SEE HIMBE A 3RD STRINGER THRough A WHOLE SEASON BEHIND A ROOKIE AND MAYBE REX!

Posted by: warriorking111285 | December 20, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

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Wow!!! Lots of bitterness..You may need help!

Posted by: awfulexcuse1 | December 21, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

If I was McNabb, I wouldn't force the Redskins' hand. I wouldn't demand a trade or to be cut. I would do just enough so they wouldn't have cause to invalidate my contract. I would just sit on the sidelines with my headphones, but in games and practice collecting Dan's money. Take a look at Mike's record after Elway retires and he was give GM duties. Mike didn't leave Denver because he was looking for better opportunities, he was fired, because he sucked as a GM and coach.

Posted by: life386 | December 21, 2010 8:21 AM | Report abuse

I am sure the Skins will not do it because they are too nice, but somewhere some time in the pre-season a good team will lose their QB. McNabb will be a perfect fit. He is aways in shape, says and believes in being a good guy, is good in the locker room and is great at running a new team. He ad libs, buys time, scrambles better than anyone. He is not great at running the O by the book and finding the 3rd option. But there is no one better at running a strong team needing a first rate QB to fill in. Hold him until then and the Skins will get what he is worth and if McNabb is lucky and goes to the correct team he might even get that super bowl ring. People lose sight of the fact that there are different QB's for different situations. The Skins need a guy for 5 to 6 years to build around. Who executes the playbook to a T while all the young guys learn to play in the NFL. McNabb need a team, who need a talented QB that can play a great game with a little schooling and a bunch of guys that know the system. That opportunity will come for both (Skins and McNabb) if they wait. This is not disrespectful of anyone just putting everybody where they belong. Furthermore the Skins are not going to the super bowl any time soon so they should not mind helping someone else if they get a fair draft choice for 2012.

Posted by: geoski | December 21, 2010 8:39 AM | Report abuse

Donovan should retire now- he can't win the big game and the teams he would be traded to don't give him a lot of opportunity.

Posted by: poppysue85 | December 21, 2010 9:36 AM | Report abuse

This year, the Redskins were the only team willing to give up a 2nd round pick for McNabb (never mind the 4th rounder too). I think it's safe to say his value has declined. However teams that thought they had a tolerable QB situation (Vikings, Az, 49ers) certainly had it worse than they expected, so I think demand may have increased somewhat. Given the two offsetting factors, it might be possible to trade him. I'd like to think we can get a 3rd or a 4th for him.

Additionally, maybe we can get a 5th or 6th for AH.

Hope our scouts can find diamonds in the rough.

Posted by: wwc4g | December 21, 2010 10:06 AM | Report abuse

The 3.5 million back might be all the Skins can get back. Can't see any teams trading with the Redskins to get McNabb.. Redskin wasted 2 draft picks for him what a shame. McNabb should find a team but a starting job might not be a sure thing for him anymore...

Posted by: sovine08 | December 21, 2010 10:19 AM | Report abuse

'Skins will likely hold onto him for awhile (but not long enough to pay him any more $) to see if they can get SOMETHING in trade .... But wouldnt count on that , just like AH any other team that might actually be interested in either player knows 'Skins will sooner-or-later have to release them, so why give up anything ? Just wait for them to hit the FA market ..

Posted by: RoidRage | December 21, 2010 10:47 AM | Report abuse

The dog that didn't bark:

Shanny said, repeatedly, "we don't discuss contracts until the end of the season". The he benched McNabb against Detroit and explained this decision badly. Then McNabb got the extension. Now I ask who made that decision? Fact is we don't know but the common sense best guess would be Snyder and/or Allen.
This is especially pertinent because Shanahan likes Grossman's grasp of his offensive style.
More worrisome are the two obvious problems Snyder presents time and time again. He trades picks for aging free agents and exerts his control over his Coach.

Posted by: stillAfan1 | December 21, 2010 10:50 AM | Report abuse

I still want someone to tell me...

WHY we traded for this guy?

WHO was the major force behind the trade?

If it was Allen and/or Shanny we're F-ED.

If it was Danny it would make perfect sense and we're DOUBLY F-ED because it tells us that Napoleon still hasn't learned and gotten out of the freakin way.

Posted by: kone | December 21, 2010 10:58 AM | Report abuse

And another thing ---- If , as we hear, Kyle did not want McNabb in the first place, then we need to get off Kyle's case 'cause apparently KYLE WAS RIGHT & Papa Shanny was wrong ... We can only hope Papa Shan learns something from this (like listening to input from others , like Kyle for example, before making any more half-cocked personnel decisions) ----

Posted by: RoidRage | December 21, 2010 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Oh, think about it...

we're the worst, most F-ED UP team in the league and we're looking to trade a 34 year old QB that can't read defenses.

What would YOU give up?

Posted by: kone | December 21, 2010 11:11 AM | Report abuse

the NFL should just give the 1st Rd draft pick to the Skins by default.

This team and the entire organization is by far, THE WORST TEAM in NFL (I should add being a laughing stock of the league) with HIGHEST PRICE TAG as a franchise and the BEST, LOYAL FAN BASE, What an Irony

No resolution besides boycotting the greedy owner

Posted by: datruth21 | December 21, 2010 11:47 AM | Report abuse

Skins need an O-line. Draft 2 top tier O-linemen this year, 2 top tier O-linemen next year and let's build this offense like we did with the Hogs.

Why do Skins fans still lose sight of what the team did in the 80's with their smashmouth version of football?

Build the O-line, draft D-linemen to play the 3-4 in later rounds and sign FA WR, LB, CB and RB's as they're needed.

Posted by: dc1020008 | December 21, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

With the article by Michael Rosenberg in the current issue of SI, Rush Limbaugh has finally been vindicated in his analysis from Sept. 2003 that McNabb was over-rated. This is from the article--"While the rest of the country saw Donovan McNabb as a franchise quarterback, Philly fans sensed, earlier than most of us, that McNabb was overrated."

Read more: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2010/writers/michael_rosenberg/12/20/philly/index.html#ixzz18lk8Vbco

When will Tom Jackson apologize to Rush for in my view: purposefully distorting the content of what Rush said? The day that Rush was fired was the day that my opinion of espn went way down. Thankfully we have Foxsports--it's to bad Boomer doesn't go over to Fox-I wish he would.

Posted by: charko825 | December 21, 2010 1:27 PM | Report abuse

McNabb is a class act. He has more class is his little finger than the Shanahans, put together. They (Big Mike and little Mike) have brought us a complete lack of class, together with great gobs of arrogance, incompetence and stupidity that we haven't ever seen here before. McNabb still has some good years left in him. I hope he goes and gets the good job he so richly deseves.

Posted by: sameolddoc | December 21, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

What about this: the deadskins can trade McNabb for Farve, one for one. Wonder what the reading on the Dan-O-Meter would be for that one?

Posted by: greetingsfromCA | December 21, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

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