Good news, Redskins fans: The contact extension Washington gave Donovan McNabb was still a horrible fucking idea, BUT it’s actually not as awful as first thought! SILVER LINING.
When news of the deal first came out yesterday, we all heard that it was for $40 million guaranteed. That’s a lot of money for a 33-year-old QB who has proven to be nothing but mediocre (at best) in every way this season. But, really, we don’t give a shit about the money. It’s the commitment to McNabb that is the problem. See, when you have $40 million tied up in a player, you’re more apt to continue to try to make it work with him (CoughcoughHaynesworth). Maybe not for all five years of the deal, but for at least a couple. And right now, we don’t know if we want McNabb to be the team’s QB for next year, and beyond.
BUT THAT’S WHERE THE GOOD NEWS COMES IN!
The deal apparently only guarantees Donovan $3.5 million, not $40 million. The Skins owe him that money on top of his ’10 salary, regardless. But, if Washington’s death spiral continues, and they decide — hey, maybe we should think about rebuilding through the draft at some point here, huh? — then they can cut or trade McNabb after the season and not owe him another dime. So, that’s where this “commitment” thing comes back into play: The Skins don’t need to feel obligated to keep McNabb beyond 2010.
Of course, that won’t happen. They’re going to keep McNabb around and pay him the $12.5 million for 2011 that the contract stipulates. But if nothing else, the contract details make Snyder & Allen look slightly less inept. We have to start somewhere.
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