The Washington Redskins and quarterback Donovan McNabb have agreed to a five-year, $78 million extension which could be worth up to $88 million with incentives, a source with knowledge of the agreement told ESPN NFL Insider Michael Smith.
The source said $40 million of the deal will be guaranteed.
On the day in which Donovan McNabb will take on his former team for the second time this season, it looks like the Eagles will see a whole lot more of McNabb in the future.
McNabb’s new deal comes just two weeks after he was benched by head coach Mike Shanahan in the final two minutes against the Lions. Shanahan chose to go with Rex Grossman in favor of McNabb, citing multiple reasons including his lack of knowledge of the plays and cardiovascular endurance.
When the Eagles were shopping McNabb, it was known that whoever ended up with the quarterback would likely extend him. This didn’t happen early on in Washington, and it didn’t exactly seem like McNabb was performing in a manner that deserved an extension.
However, we were told that McNabb and the Redskins were in contract talks during the bye week and they were obviously able to work something out.
Does McNabb deserve the extension? In my eyes, not really. Sure he has a great track record in Philadelphia, but he hasn’t accomplished much in a Redskins uniform. His play has been lackluster. I don’t think the blame can be squarely put on McNabb’s shoulders, as he has a shaky offensive line and limited play makers on his team.
Despite this, I think the Redskins have really stuck their neck out on this one. I think they overpaid McNabb here, but I guess he’s more proven then anyone else they could potentially draft.
Congratulations to McNabb for getting your pay day, and we’ll see you soon.