$5.3 Million Raise For McNabb

 As it turns out, the Eagles have given Donovan McNabb another $5.3 million over the next two years.
According to ESPN’s Michael Smith, that’s the amount of the raise McNabb will receive under the remaining seasons of his existing deal.
And so McNabb is now in line for $24.5 million — an average of $12.5 $12.25 million per year.
Not bad for a guy who possibly would have been traded or cut if the Eagles hadn’t pulled a stunning late-season reversal, ultimately coming within a game of a Super Bowl berth.
But the move continues to make no sense to us.  Why not add another non-guaranteed year at $10 million or more?  It would have given the Eagles the option to keep him beyond 2010, if the Eagles had so elected.
Instead, the Eagles face losing McNabb in 2011 for no compensation, unless they use the franchise tag to keep him.  If the franchise tag even exists come 2011.
There’s also a belief that one of the motivations of the McNabb deal was to help the Eagles comply with the 2009 salary floor.  Thanks to years of carrying over excess cap space, the Eagles have (at last look) more than $30 million in cap space.
Either way, we can’t think of a similar situation from past NFL offseasons.  Players typically don’t get more money without having to give up, at a minimum, another season of service.

30 responses to “$5.3 Million Raise For McNabb

  1. How about this? Why don’t you stop trying to figure out the motives of the Burdz’ front office, and just sit back and watch them take the Super Bowl??? !!!

  2. Giving more guaranteed money to an injury prone QB for no reason? How could that turn out badly?

  3. I don’t get it. Is this just $5.3M to shut up and not complain about his lack of extension this year? After the season (or before), won’t he be yardbarking about whether the Eagles are committed to him or not?
    The move makes no sense at all without an extension.

  4. Sounds like the Eagles are trying to keep McNabb happy while also setting a deadline for the transition over to Kolb. They want McNabb to win big now, and then start the new era soon after.

  5. I think this is a great move by the Eagles and I think it shows that the ball is somewhat in Donovans court. According to Derrick Gunn of Comcast Sportsnet, the Eagles wanted to get a contract extension but McNabb and his agent Fletcher didn’t want to, they just wanted to focus on getting these last two years of the contract restructured. Why? Knowing Donovan I’m sure he has confidence that he will still be a great player two years from now and then will be able to cash in on a new contract either from the Eagles or another team. He doesn’t want to sign a deal now that might not compare to other QB salaries come 2011. This is the best the Eagles could have done in my opinion. You keep your QB happy after he’s provided you years of service since 1999 and now we go into this season with a content QB ready for training camp.

  6. Like DLB pointed out, he’ll be bitching and moaning about job security next year when he only has 1 year left on his deal. From McNabb’s perspective, he has all of the leverage. If he plays well this year, he can demand an extension, and if he doesn’t, and even with a bad year or two, he’ll get the money from another team.

  7. bigslizz says:
    June 12th, 2009 at 9:44 am
    What about Westbrook?
    *****
    WTF are you talking about? What about Westbrook? He is making the most money he can possibly make due to salary rules. McNabb has WAY more left in the tank the Westbrook and unlike McNabb – they have Westbrook’s replacement on the roster.

  8. “How about this? Why don’t you stop trying to figure out the motives of the Burdz’ front office, and just sit back and watch them take the Super Bowl?”
    They’ll have to take it, because they don’t have a prayer of winning it.

  9. Tomahawk202 says:
    June 12th, 2009 at 9:44 am
    How about this? Why don’t you stop trying to figure out the motives of the Burdz’ front office, and just sit back and watch them take the Super Bowl??? !!!
    Gonna have to take it..they can’t win it.

  10. Rage says:
    He’ll still get sick on the field when the games on the line. Loser, big waste of money.
    ****
    Then, after he gets sick, he will throw a TD to win the superbowl unless the defense chokes.

  11. “WTF are you talking about? What about Westbrook? He is making the most money he can possibly make due to salary rules. McNabb has WAY more left in the tank the Westbrook and unlike McNabb – they have Westbrook’s replacement on the roster.”
    What “salary rule” is that? The rules that says that nobody can make more than McNabb? Interesting to see you throw Westy under the bus like that after fawning over him like a star-struck little girl for so long. But I guess it’s the Eagirls fans’ way.

  12. “And so McNabb is now in line for $24.5 million — an average of $12.5 million per year”
    Good thing you’re a lawyer and not an accountant… its a $12.25 average per year

  13. Some people need to think before saying anything.
    June 12th, 2009 at 10:05 am
    bigslizz says:
    June 12th, 2009 at 9:44 am
    What about Westbrook?
    Westbrook got a new deal. He is happy! Do some research first before saying something stupid.
    I can careless that they give #5 a raise. The owner makes enough money and the team has plenty of money under the cap. Keep him happy and see where we can go for the next 2 yrs. Why give him an extension? You have Kolb waiting there. They spent their first pick to get him so he has to get a chance to play sometimes. Who cares if it makes some players happy or not happy in the locker room. We and they all know that QB or special players get treat differently. Westbrook got a new deal and now McNabb does too. If Sheldon is not happy, then go to his union and complaints about it. Com’on, you have been following the NFL right?

  14. @Vox
    The salary rules that Smush was talkin about was baecause they had to restructure a contract in which bonus money was tweaked just 5 months before. There were CBA restrictions limiting what the Ealgles could do when they redid what they redid

  15. Writers/bloggers/fans give the Eagles crap for signing their players to long term deals that no longer reflect market value a few years into the deal.
    Donovan/Smith turn down a longer deal to maximize potential future earnings.
    Sounds like somebody was playing it smart.

  16. I wonder if this will change his inability to win big games? Or take a team down the field with 3 minutes on the clock to win an NFC Championship game against a mediocre defense? Or not vomit when the pressure is on? Or not blame the defense after another terrible loss in an NFC Championship game where he had the ball last?

  17. jbruder02 says:
    I wonder if this will change his inability to win big games? Or take a team down the field with 3 minutes on the clock to win an NFC Championship game against a mediocre defense? Or not vomit when the pressure is on? Or not blame the defense after another terrible loss in an NFC Championship game where he had the ball last?
    *****
    He threw a perfect pass to Curtis who let it bounce off his hands. The defense lost this game plain and simple. A mediocre defense does have an advantage when they know that you are passing and have no running game.

  18. Hey Vox, before you bash any other team why don’t you explain why the geniuses on yours decided to kick a field goal when they were down 44-3… I’ll wait.

  19. I believe McNabb will play out the final two years and become a free agent, unless of course he leads them to a Super Bowl victory, which my source highly doubts- “No f’n way!”
    By all appearances, the team wants to make him happy for the sake of team chemistry, whichmay in fact do the opposite considering there are quite a few players looking to re-work their contracts…to no avail. This may create some animosity.

  20. This deal has absolutely nothing to do with the salary cap floor. The Eagles are well above the floor for 2009. When they use the LTBE gambit to move salary cap money into the next year it raises the salary cap ceiling but has no effect on the floor.

  21. The reason there is no extension is simple – they are telling Kevin Kolb that he will get his chance after 2 more seasons.

  22. Wow, the intelligent football fans commenting here is staggering! And when i say staggering, I am referring to my reaction that Cowboys and Giants fans know how to use a computer!
    A happy #5 who has no reason to complain and has no excuse but to go out there and give 100% all season long! I’d pay 10 million for that!
    This primadonna has cried for seasons about one thing or another…the sheer fact that he has nothing to complain about makes me want to start booking some hotels and flights for February.
    The Eagles just gave him money to shut up and play. He has no excuse to bitch about Kolb, because Kolb won’t see a football in his hands unless Donovan allows it to happen.
    Say what you want about Kolb, the kid hasn’t had a chance to prove anything yet. And if you look at Andy’s resume, he has groomed Donovan McNabb and Brett Favre.
    For those Donovan haters (which i am part of as well from time to time), his stats dont lie. During his tenure, teams have gone through multiple draft picks, multiple trades, and multiple pipe dreams to get a guy with 1/3rd the talent and skill Donovan has.
    Andy knew what he was drafting and why he was drafting him!
    Good luck licking stamps for a living gentlemen, i’ll be enjoying a happy quarterback giving it all he has. This teams superbowl hopes are riding solely on his shoulders now. We’ll see if he is who he says he is!

  23. PFT has never understood the Eagles.
    Can’t figure out how they can have so many good players and still have so much under the cap. Clearly PFT doesn’t think the Eagle front office understands what they should be doing. My guess is, the Eagles FO knows exactly what they are doing with McNabb.

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