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McNabb’s Contract Not as Disastrous as First Feared (But Still Could Be)

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.


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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  1. Krem

    November 16, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Levelheaded and reasonable fans have wanted this team to rebuild for years. I guess it’s just time to realize that it’s not going to happen. They have some nice pieces with Trent Williams and Brian Orakpo, but there just isn’t enough young talent.

    In a few years, Eli Manning will be 33-34, so maybe the Redskins can cook up a trade for him then.

  2. Kev29

    November 16, 2010 at 1:12 PM

    On the even brighter side, there might not be a football season in 2012. Undefeated!

  3. Terps77

    November 16, 2010 at 1:16 PM

    Smells less like Vinny Cerrato.

  4. DuhCorky!

    November 16, 2010 at 1:33 PM

    F*&@%$g duh! Guess who broke the story? ESPN. Guess who telecasted the game? ESPN. I wonder what would give this event more ratings? Maybe a “breaking story” of a huge undeserved contract to a future hall of fame quarterback that has been in the midst of controversy for two weeks.

    The evil empire continues to “break” non-stories and then even has the gall to question whether or not it’s even true (see Chris Mortensen’s post game: Also he said the EXACT same thing in the pregame with Golic.

  5. kip

    November 16, 2010 at 1:40 PM

    I am more than ready to clean slate and start over. I can handle a few shitty seasons of rebuilding for the future knowing that we could be a potential contender. With that said I agree with krem and know this will never happen….. INFINITE SADNESS!!

  6. pearlbullets

    November 16, 2010 at 1:43 PM

    This is good news. Hopefully the Skins move in a direction that does not involve Donovan McNabb.

  7. DocJ

    November 16, 2010 at 3:21 PM

    Trade him to the Vikings/Cardinals/whatever sucker we can find after the season is over. maybe we can get a 3rd round pick for him. Need to get rid of quite a few guys and start fresh. Orakpo, McIntosh, Landry, Alexander are all guys we need to build the D around. Cooley is about the only offensive player I would keep, along with Brown(give him one more season) and Williams and maybe Davis and Armstrong.

  8. JGP

    November 16, 2010 at 3:35 PM

    But, see, here’s the problem:

    1) you cut him at the end of the year to save money because Shanny hates him (probably), leaving you with nothing to show for everything you traded away to get him.

    2) you keep him and end up owing a ton of money to a guy on the decline. And trading him becomes much harder because everyone knows he’s overpriced and will have a year’s evidence that he couldn’t pick up a new playbook and couldn’t win games for the team. So if you think that he’s overpriced now, he’ll be really, REALLY overpriced by January.

    The bottom line is that the Skins overpaid when they didn’t have to – again – and also have no young QB to groom and grow into Shanny’s playbook.

  9. Chris Mottram

    November 16, 2010 at 3:47 PM

    Well, yeah: The bottom line is that trading for McNabb in the first place was a massive mistake. We’ve said that here from Day 1. But we can’t harp on that forever. At least the Skins have an out now that won’t cost them even more than they’ve already given up.

  10. Kev29

    November 16, 2010 at 4:51 PM

    “F*&@%$g duh! Guess who broke the story? ESPN. Guess who telecasted the game? ESPN.”

    Also, the franchise and owner are in bed with ESPN anyway – through 980. People blast the Post for never getting stories anymore, but the playing field is set up so they never will.

  11. Terps77

    November 17, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    Also, we can talk about QB contracts until were blue in the face, the team isnt going anywhere until they get some help on the O-line.

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