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The Redskins Show McNabb the Money, A Lot of Money, for Reasons Unknown

You’d think that re-signing McNabb now, in the valley of his worst season in over a decade, fresh off of being benched for Sir Rex Grossman, would net the Redskins a bargain. Well, not so much:

I’m a bit too stunned and angry to react right now. Please do so for me.

Update: Unlike the trade, which I was against but was well received, the early response to this deal is so negative that I can’t help but hope that the Redskins might renege on it, if that’s an option at this point. Also, I’m still stunned and angry. Very much so.

Update No. 2: Just kidding; it’s official.

D.C. sports fan and digital media guy that's been doing this since 2004. Once threw a football further than Chris Cooley.



  1. Chris

    November 15, 2010 at 3:36 PM

    This year = to ever other year of the Snyder era

  2. Jules

    November 15, 2010 at 3:39 PM

    And here I was thinking that the age of bad deals and throwing money around was over. 5 years is way too long.

  3. Shaun

    November 15, 2010 at 3:52 PM

    I feel for you.

    He has been throwing up late in games his entire career.

  4. pearlbullets

    November 15, 2010 at 4:07 PM

    Fuck yes, the Redskins have locked up the 28th rated quarterback for 5 years! The future is now! I’m all in, R you all in?

    /heads to FedEx
    //hangs head

  5. Steve B

    November 15, 2010 at 4:24 PM

    Aaaaaaaaaand no! NOT POSSIBLE! NOT POSSIBLE!

  6. Snyder's Bitch

    November 15, 2010 at 4:44 PM

    I really want to give them the benefit of the doubt here. I know it looks weird given the events during the Detroit game, but if we assume that was the anomaly (against all we have learned over the last 10 years), then this is the course we were heading for all along. The money is a bit much, but really just look at the guaranteed part- I think we’re really paying 13.33 mil a year for three years with an option for another two years at 19 each. We won’t have him for those last two, and yes, he is a better QB than our other options for at least the next two years.

    And yes, I have been drinking Kool-aid.

  7. kip

    November 15, 2010 at 4:52 PM

    worst news ever

  8. Sav

    November 15, 2010 at 4:56 PM

    I know that we Redskins fans are groomed to be pessimistic. I am the same way. However, looking at the big picture this is a brilliant move. Remember this is just my opinion, but everyone seems to have forgotten that this is a rebuilding franchise, and although we’re in the playoff picture right now (something I attribute to the addition of both McNabb and Shanahan) everyone needs to be realistic.

    The team is instituting a 3-4 Defense and trying to rebuild its O-Line as well as a WR corps. All these things have to be built through the draft. Having the leadership and veteran experience of McNabb helps stabilize the locker room and allows for a smoother transition. Expect the Skins to draft a QB to groom sometime within the next 2 years while the team continues to improve and compete under Donovan. The team is averaging more points this year, and for the most part the offense has given the team a chance in most games. The money he got doesn’t affect my paycheck, so I really don’t mind.

  9. ThisGuy

    November 15, 2010 at 5:01 PM

    The worst part about this is that this crushes what hope I had that Shanahan and Allen were actually different. WHATTHEFUCKINGSHIT YOU SHITHEADS!?!?

  10. ThisGuy

    November 15, 2010 at 5:07 PM

    @ Sav:

    That would make sense if the Redskins were actually characterizing McNabb as a mere “gap-bridger” to whatever franchise QB they will draft soon. But that’s obviously not the case. You don’t trade two high draft picks and give a guy over $40 million for 5 years to take a beating while the team builds around you to replace you. And McNabb doesn’t sign unless he’s being promised the chance to “win now,” which is an absolute delusion that you almost convinced yourself is possible at the end of your otherwise intelligent comment.

    There are plenty of veteran QBs who can play the steady locker room guy you and lose you football games. And they can be had for pennies on the dollar. Off the top of my head, Jason Campbell comes to mind. Jake Delhomme. Matt Hasselbeck is pretty much there. Fuck, get Tim Rattay out of retirement to take a beating for a few years. When the salary cap comes back, those dollars will be needed and those back end years when McNabb is literally unplayable will fucking kill us.

  11. Sav

    November 15, 2010 at 5:29 PM


    Yeah that’s also true. I guess I’ll just wait and see how this plays out with an open mind, because otherwise I would just be depressed all the time.

  12. Krem

    November 15, 2010 at 5:51 PM

    Well that was unexpected. At least this gives the Redskins time to draft a quarterback — at some point in the near future — and develop him properly (hopefully). Of course, by that time, Shanahan may be long gone.

    Also, that means they don’t have to reach for a QB in the first round in next year’s draft, which they may have done if McNabb walked. Instead, they can draft some linemen — something they desperately need, obviously.

    Or, I guess, they can just trade all of their picks for Brandon Lloyd. Or maybe someone else that Skins fans have hated for years and will be forced to cheer for.

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