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McNabb's agent: 'The team's belief in Donovan did not change'

By Jason Reid

Shortly after Redskins Coach Mike Shanahan benched quarterback Donovan McNabb late in the Week 8 loss to the Detroit Lions, the Redskins quickly reaffirmed their intention of having a long-term relationship with the Pro Bowler, McNabb's agent said Monday night.

"Well, I'm not going to get into specifics of our discussions, but the Redskins made it clear to us [after the benching] that they were definitely behind Donovan and want him to be in Washington," agent Fletcher N. Smith III said in a phone interview. "Obviously, there were a lot of things going on the last couple of weeks, but the team's belief in Donovan did not change. That was made clear."

Although Coach Mike Shanahan and his son, Kyle, Washington's offensive coordinator, have acknowledged McNabb has struggled to master the Mike Shanahan-designed offense, "the Redskins have no doubts about the type of player and person Donovan is, and they know what he wants to accomplish in Washington.

"We spent a lot of time working on this -- a lot of time -- and the Redskins always expressed confidence in Donovan. That didn't change from the first day we started [negotiations]. The team always made Donovan feel like he would be a big part of the future, so that's why I kept telling you my feelings never changed about it [completing an extension agreement]. And even with everything that went on [after the benching], I always had a good feeling about where we were headed."

Mike Shanahan's controversial decision to remove McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowler, in the final 1 minute 50 seconds of the 37-25 loss to the Lions actually spurred the completion of a deal, Smith believes.

"Well, I certainly don't think it hindered the process," Smith said, "and I'd say it probably helped to some degree.

"The Redskins definitely seemed motivated to show that they were behind Donovan despite what happened. I know that's the feeling I got from them during our discussions after everything happened, so I think that's fair to say."

In the end, McNabb got what he wanted despite his shaky performance to this point in his first season with the Redskins.

"I think the Redskins are looking beyond just this season with Donovan," Smith said. "Donovan made it clear this is where he wants to be, and the Redskins know he's committed to doing everything he can to win. That's why he's here."


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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 4:42 PM | Report abuse

McNabb's agent: 'The team's belief in Donovan did not change. Snyder wants a big name QB, and no matter how he plays, DMac is still a big name--CHA CHING!!!'

Posted by: Alan4 | November 15, 2010 4:43 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 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Not a big McNabb fan, but the signing gives the Skins some stability at QB for at least 3 years....

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

You believe he'll stay healthy that long?

Posted by: Alan4 | November 15, 2010 4:52 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 4:54 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 4:57 PM | Report abuse


McNabb's agent: 'The team's belief in Donovan did not change. Snyder wants a big name QB, and no matter how he plays, DMac is still a big name--CHA CHING!!!'


Posted by: Alan4 | November 15, 2010 4:43 PM

OUCH.

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

John Feinstein will go on CSN and say this signing is racist.

Book it.

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

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

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

No way. Shanny is renowned for finding RBs in later rounds and will not take one in the first. A big time WR or O-lineman is more likely.

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

@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: swowra | November 15, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

I beleive the Skins have officially wrested the crown of "Most Dysfunctional Franchise" from the Oakland Raiders.

It used to be just drama and eye-popping personnel moves in the offseason, but now Snyder has figured out how to keep the drama going throughout the season, too.

Then again, the Cowpies are probably a little ahead of us in the Dysfunctional Franchise race.

Posted by: Alan4 | November 15, 2010 5:02 PM | Report abuse

this is basically a 3 yr $40 million deal... $13.3 million per yr... pretty fair market value...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 15, 2010 5:06 PM | Report abuse

Too early to KNOW the answer about if we paid too much, but Donovan has probably 3 years left as an adequate starter -- at best, he'll be around the 10th best QB in the league. Realistically, he'll probably be middle of the pack, with an above average chance of significant lost time to injury (combo of OL problems and age).

The question I'm most interested in ... was this Shanahan's deal or Danny's?

Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 15, 2010 5:13 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


Look, I live in Oly & work in Renton, and I like Yuengling and will drink it when back in VA, but there are so many beers out here in the NW that are head and shoulders above anything you get on the East Coast.

Posted by: freakzilla | November 15, 2010 5:13 PM | Report abuse

I really think that this needed to be done. It would have made no sense to at least give this relationship some more time than a year to develop. McNabb may not be playing at an acceptable level this year, but given the stated "2 years to learn the offense" line, having an experienced leader to help groom the heir to the position will bode will for team down the road.

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

Anyone wanna bet if Skins let McNabb walk Alan4 would be screaming about "1 and done"????

Is it your money Alan4? We don't even know the parameters of the cap in the next CBA...or if a cap...

Look you/we can debate the original move to get mcnabb, but if he had been jaytay 2.0 it would have been a disastor. Now at least they will have the player they traded picks for.

Nut up Alan4, or just become a Raiders fan already....

Skins 28 eagles 24

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

LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL!!!!!!!!!!

Really? Really? Maybe 2 or 3 years at less money, but come on! Unless they are banking on a lockout next year, this is just another sign of stupidity in Ashburn. Mcnabb has 1 or 2 SERVICABLE years left, but as this season has shown, he is a shell of his former self.

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

Kid is a player even if his dad is a Pimp and his mom is a hooker.

Dez Bryant loses diamond earring during Cowboys victory

By Chris Chase

Dez Bryant's(notes) stat line from the Dallas Cowboys win over the New York Giants: three catches, 104 yards, one touchdown and one lost diamond earring.

In the fourth quarter, the Cowboys star rookie fell hard to the ground while laying out to catch a 48-yard pass from Jon Kitna(notes). When he hit the turf, both the ball and one of his two diamond earrings jarred loose.

For the first time in his brief NFL career, Bryant's confidence on the football field waned. But it wasn't because he missed the catch. It was because he lost the earring.

"I really was a little worried," Bryant said.

Posted by: Diesel44 | November 15, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, good points chrislarry. I don't get all of these people screaming "dysfunction!".

First of all, we don't even know the details of the deal that McNabb signed. Making broad statements about overpaying without even knowing how the contract is structured is a bit premature.

Posted by: --swb | November 15, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

this is about what we thought would go down, right? It doesn't make sense that the comments about the contract are so often stupid or polarized...the time for that was Easter weekend wasn't it. The skins must have some kind of exit plan after 3 years and the incentives must be stacked mostly for that period of time; if the hubub about BA is at all accurate I'm thinking the big-contract-stung Redskins are feeling three years with the guaranteed money spread over five years for cap reasons.

McNabb will play better when receivers and oline are not a weakness.

Skins 19, Eagles 16 in a heartbreaker for the iggles losers.

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

Off season is going to be interesting. Doesn't McNabb prefer to train in Arizona? Now that he's guaranteed $40 will he skip "voluntary workouts" like Haynesworth?

Posted by: coparker5 | November 15, 2010 5:28 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

It is probably a 3 year 45 million dollar deal. 40 mil of it is guaranteed. Anything over 8 or 9 mil a year is over paying for McNabb. He has not been able to say healthy over the last 4 years. He has not been effective this year and is not getting any younger. Keeping McFlabb at 15 mil guarantees the they will continue with the win now approach. This will only serve to delay the assembling of true contenting team.

Posted by: srobert1117 | November 15, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Truth be be told, I'm liking my offseason plan more and more as time goes on.

The plan --
*trade with Sea -- the 4th overall for 6th overall and take Okung or TW (whichever guy was left) plus get 'Seattle pick'

*get Pouncey by trading 2nd rounder + 'Seattle pick' + Fred Davis

*keep Campbell at $4mil/yr

*trade 2nd rounder in 2011 for Mankins

This nets us:
TW (or Okung), Mankins, Pouncey, Hicks (Dock?), Brown

with Campbell at QB. Over the next 4-5 years, that could be the best left side in football.

We'd get back a 3rd or 4th round pick from 2011, but give up a 2nd round pick.

Cost-wise, it is also different. McNabb is about $15mil/year, about $10mil more per year than Campbell. Mankins will probably get $7-8mil, Dockery and his $5mil would probably be let go. Pouncey would be $1-2 million more than Rabach.

Total annual $$ savings est, about $5million -- enough to get a solid starter or a significant part of a premium FA.


Posted by: zcezcest1 | November 15, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

we already commited that 2nd round, so the only thing to do is lockk 'em up and see what happens.

If he's smart he'll threaten to retire every year, then come back at the last second

Posted by: pabrian2003 | November 15, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

Beep Beep Redskins confirm deal...

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

McNabb signed now cuz he saw his stock going down and wanted something in writing. The timing is also a vote of confidence in Shanny's belief in what McNabb can do once the team is more solidified as an offensive unit. I'm glad it got done and I think this adds some continuity to the redskins near future.

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

@HippoWatts: If you're going to repost your comment from the other thread, please at least take the time to proofread it.

McNabb will throw "more picks than interceptions" tonight? Really?

Posted by: kevmikwa | November 15, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

All of you people who are complaining about this extension aren't thinking clearly. Having McNabb locked up for a while is a good thing. It eliminates a QB controversy for at least 3 years. We're all riding the DM Express whether we like it or not. And considering that (1) McNabb is a proven winner in the league and has had tremendous success in the past, and (2) the Redskins OL and WR corps have been consistently mediocre at best and god-awful, unspeakably bad, at worst, I seriously doubt McNabb is the problem this year. He's been sacked more than anyone else save one, hasn't had much of a running game, and has mediocre receivers overall. Johnny Unitas himself would have problems with this offense. No, I think that signing up someone who, at his worst, is a professional, competent QB with outstanding leadership and interpersonal skills, and at his best is a top 10 QB, frees up the team to focus on fixing the massive other problems with the offense, which are an OL that needs 3-4 new starters, a running game (is it Portis? Torain? Williams? someone else? Who knows), and a big, game changing WR. This way, Shanny can fix everything else, then acquire McNabb's replacement in 3 years or so, which will allow that person to step into a good situation and be groomed by a borderline hall of famer.

This is a good thing. His pay doesn't appear to be more than Manning or Brady, and anyway, even if there is a salary cap again someday, who cares how much The Danny spends? Since when has a QB with a big cap number ever stopped The Danny from signing someone else that he wants? Regardless, hopefully the team will be stocked with low cost draft picks in a few years.

I say, welcome home Donovan.

Posted by: skinsfan713 | November 15, 2010 5:37 PM | Report abuse

this is basically a 3 yr $40 million deal... $13.3 million per yr... pretty fair market value...

Posted by: jimmy_the_crickett | November 15, 2010 5:06 PM
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I agree. It's a 3 year deal. His deal is 33% lower than Tom Brady's deal and $500k per year lower than Eli Manning's deal. I guess that's the price of losing the super bowl.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | November 15, 2010 6:12 PM | Report abuse

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