Report: If traded to the Raiders, Donovan McNabb would have retired

A week ago, the Raiders were regarded as the favorites to land Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.  According to Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports, however, McNabb intended to never play for the Raiders.

Per Cole, McNabb made it known to the Eagles through McNabb’s associates that McNabb would retire if traded to Oakland.

“He has plenty of money,” a source close to McNabb told Cole.  “He’s not doing anything he doesn’t want to do.”

While McNabb would have given up $11.2 million in 2010 compensation if he had retired, the Raiders would have not been able to collect money previously paid to McNabb, like the Bucs ultimately did with Jake Plummer several years ago.  The signing bonus proration on McNabb’s 2002 extension concluded in 2009, and his “financial apology” from last year did not include (as far as we can tell) a signing bonus, which is the only form of compensation that can be recovered if a player retires with years remaining on the proration.

88 responses to “Report: If traded to the Raiders, Donovan McNabb would have retired

  1. How much does this say about the Raiders? I know it’s not a shock, but to quit rather than play for them is a bit extreme since MOST of these players love to play the game they’ve played since being a kid (and SOME of them are still kids mentally).

  2. One word: Bulls*it. No way he’d give up 11 million dollars. He would have played for the arena league if he was traded there. He’s not stupid, and giving up on 11 million is pretty damn stupid.

  3. “Report: If traded to the Raiders, Donovan McNabb would have retired”
    Report: After he wrote that Terry Bradshaw died, Mike Florio should have retired.

  4. Can’t imagine why. That franchise is so stable.
    Well raider fans can call their postgame show with JT the Brick and complain after the each of their 12 losses this year.
    Year after year the current Raiders take a dump all over everything that franchise used to be.
    Enjoy next years top 5 pick………..oh yeah, sorry.

  5. This is one of the funniest things I’ve seen. There is no way he retires at age 33. To much money left on the table. Even though he has 100 million, you can never have enough.

  6. See, now I almost wish McNabb had been traded to the Raiders so he’d have retired. One less out of shape QB puking on the field is a good thing.

  7. I would think trying to bring a once proud franchise back from the depths of despair would be a welcome challenge to be honest with you. With a legitimate QB, they could at least flirt with .500 and possibly a playoff spot. Just shows how bad Russell is and what a blight he is for that entire franchise.

  8. That tells me all I need to know about McNabb. He’s a born loser. A winner would embrace the challenge.
    When John Gruden and Gannon came to Oakland, Gruden told Gannon that turning around Oakland would make their legacy.
    Brees didnt run from signing with New Orleans, and they were a complete wreck when he got there (both the team and the city).
    Those guys were all winners. McNabb is a loser.

  9. As bitter as it may sounds; But F*ck McNabb and I hope like hell he never get’s a ring.
    And Playing with Washington my dreams will come true. he had a better chance coming to the RAIDERS and doing the same thing Gannon did with the RAIDERS!.
    BTW, he let D. Hall talk him out of Oakland, PLEASE!, HALL is a BUMB!!.
    If i was AL I would have did it anyway and treated his ass like BARRY SANDERS.. IF U DON’T PLAY FOR THE RAIDERS, U DON’T PLAY 4 ANYONE.
    AS A BIG RAIDERS FAN, I’M F*CKING SICK BY HIS WORDS!!

  10. he should still hang up the cleats instead of gettin destroyed behind that o-line in washington.
    Didnt think he could cut it anymore in philly / then why could he do better in washington. No problems on the inter-divisional trade.
    And if Landry was on the table and we didnt take em. I’ma punch someone. You can keep fat-albert though

  11. That’s a big ass IF. We still don’t even know IF the Raiders were as interested as the media made them out to be. There are plenty of Raider beat writers who don’t think they were interested at all.

  12. Im getting tired of players thinking they are bigger than the NFL.. Hes a player, he needs to do what hes told by his boss.. i wouldnt quit my job if i got xfered to another dept… even if that department was in sanitation..LOL

  13. Scumbag liar. Thats what McNab is. Cant wait for him to fail. Retirement was just an idol threat.

  14. The ONLY reason Mcnabb “approved” the move to washington is cause if he shows to be even avg there then Snyder opens up his checkbook and McNabb gets a huge 3-4 year deal. He wants to wait and see Brady and Mannings contracts then take the one right below them. Hes not a winner hes a goofball and washington will soon find that out.

  15. Honestly, who can blame him? Oakland is a place where careers go to die. They disappear into the abyss of an abysmal black hole, literally. As long as Al is at the helm that franchise will never again sniff a championship.

  16. A mild reaction.
    Other players might have killed themselves if they were traded to the Raiders.

  17. Retire? for 1 year like Brett Favre? More sources speaking….and I suppose playing for Washington whos team was so good that they are picking 4th in the upcoming draft is so much better than the Raiders picking 8th? Hey Gloryhole didnt the lowly Raiders BEAT your Steelers in YOUR HOUSE with a playoff berth on the line?

  18. That is such B.S. I’m sick of all these players thinking that their career is over if they go to the Raiders. The Raiders are on the up. They were rock bottom a few years ago and they are on a steady climb back. Any player who thinks they are too good for any team, should go out and work like 99% of the people on this planet. People who have to struggle every day to put food on their table. They should be ashamed to be so high and mighty.

  19. McNabb wouldn’t have been the first Raider Qb to give up playing football (aka JaMarcus Russell).

  20. swervinmervin says: April 5, 2010 12:37 PM
    That tells me all I need to know about McNabb. He’s a born loser. A winner would embrace the challenge.
    When John Gruden and Gannon came to Oakland, Gruden told Gannon that turning around Oakland would make their legacy.
    Brees didnt run from signing with New Orleans, and they were a complete wreck when he got there (both the team and the city).
    Those guys were all winners. McNabb is a loser.
    ========================================
    Exactly. I’m really happy we didn’t end up with him.

  21. Tell you what, if true Reid ought to be fired. Look at this way if it’s a choice between making your hated division rival better and the feelings of your franchise QB, that shouldn’t be a choice. So he retires. Let him. Once you trade him he’s no longer YOUR PROBLEM. Let Al Davis and Tom Cable try to talk him out of retiring if they’re willing to make the trade. If not try to work out something with Arizona, I’m sure he’d like that. The LAST thing that should be going through your mind is sending him to Washington.

  22. anthony- you just said buttf*ck.
    i feel for the once proud raider nation. fingers crossed that the burn victim falls down the steps and turns into a pile of mothballs and dust. maybe then they’ll get a chance to start over.
    i guess it explains the lunacy of their fans though.

  23. A lot of players quit when they’re traded to Oakland but most of them show up and collect a paycheck anyway.

  24. This is so dead on, 100% correct I just wanted to repost it.
    # swervinmervin says: April 5, 2010 12:37 PM
    That tells me all I need to know about McNabb. He’s a born loser. A winner would embrace the challenge.
    When John Gruden and Gannon came to Oakland, Gruden told Gannon that turning around Oakland would make their legacy.
    Brees didnt run from signing with New Orleans, and they were a complete wreck when he got there (both the team and the city).
    Those guys were all winners. McNabb is a loser.

  25. And the comedy ensues. Florio, you kill me. Your hatred for the Raiders, repeatedly makes you sound like a complete jack ass. You have not had 1 single accurate report about the Raiders this entire off-season. You’ve got your head so far up Adam Schefter’s ass that I don’t know where he ends and you begin(I know this report is from Jason Cole)and he makes you look worse than you already do, running with his crap all the time.
    As far as this McNabb crap…..who gives a sh*t? If there was any truth to this report, it just shows what a piece of crap McNabb is anyways. Good luck with a QB that hasn’t played an entire season in 4 years Washington. Let’s see how he does for you.

  26. Haha, oh the Raiders are a miserable excuse for an NFL franchise. Eat that all you ghetto Raider fans. Bwhahahaah……cough…….ugh.

  27. I wasn’t a fan of bringing him to the Raiders, but still, what a slap in the face. He would rather give up 11.2 million dollars than play 16 games for the Raiders and then earn more the next year if he doesn’t extend and they slap him with a 16-18 million dollars franchise tag. – but still, what a kick in the crotch..
    Hope we face the Redskins this year and we serve him up..

  28. I really hope this is true. My respect for him just went up ever so slightly. Infintesimally… but still some nonetheless.

  29. Let’s face it: McNabb is a complete dork but he’s not stupid enough to turn down $11 million for what? Because the Raiders have struggled the last 7 or 8 years since they were in the Super Bowl? Give me a break.
    It’s not even like McNabb is a Hall of Famer at this point and playing for a struggling team would take him out of that class. He’s not going to get into the Hall unless he puts up another 4 or 5 seasons that are much better than what he’s done the last few or wins a Super Bowl.
    What would McNabb have done if he retired? Grow out his ugly azz fro and crack corny, unfunny jokes all day while having tens of millions less in the bank? Come on. Does anyone really believe this story?

  30. If true, it just reaffirms many fan’s belief that Donovan can be a whiney biatch diva. Good riddance to him. Playing anywhere in the NFL is a privilege not bestowed on most of us. Have fun Redskins fans. Better not have anyone else on your team who gets more attention or adoration than #5.

  31. Yeah, Randy Moss, Donovan McNabb, Lamont Jordan, DeAngelo Hall – everybody knows they all suck and are lucky to be in the NFL. When will you fans realize that Oakland is a destination city for NFL players (and wealthy travellers), everybody who is good wants to play and coach there. Anybody who says different is a Raider Hater!
    Ha, ha..trying on Raider fan mentality is like being totally stoned. Woooooo….

  32. He would not have retired. He would have played the one season, hated it, talked Eagle trash all year, then signed a deal the year after.
    He made the comment as much as anything so the Raiders knew they’d only be getting a rental on his services. The Redskins are a quality organization, albeit clueless on actually winning. McNabb can possibly be happy there and sign a long term contract or whatever.
    The Raiders are just downright disfunctional.

  33. Raiders can’t draft because of Al Davis
    Raiders can’t make good trades because of Al Davis
    Raiders over pay players because of Al Davis
    Raiders can’t get good coaches because of Al Davis
    Raiders can’t win because of Al Davis
    I wonder if Al Davis is aware of this?

  34. “IF U DON’T PLAY FOR THE RAIDERS, U DON’T PLAY 4 ANYONE.”
    Anthony, you are a moron, much like everyone involved in your favorite organization. The Raiders destroy players. It’s pretty safe to say, if you want to disappear, head to Oakland. You might get a second chance somewhere else, but you will do NOTHING in that city.

  35. What are all of you idiots going to do when the Raiders do start winning? The NFL is cyclical and it’s just a matter of time when it happens. Granted, it may be a long while. But still, when they ever atart winning, what will you whine about?

  36. jjjjjjjjjjbbbbbbbbbb says:
    April 5, 2010 1:14 PM
    ….instead he’s pumped to play for the Oakland of the East.
    ————————————————–
    NEWSFLASH: He signed with Washington, not Dallas. Are you confused or are the straps on your safety helmet too tight?

  37. Anyone who believes that McNabb would retire rather than play ANYWHERE is a moron, and if it is true that McNabb bullied the Eagles into trading him to the Skins with that empty threat, it’s no wonder why the Eagles have never won a Super Bowl. No way he walks away from all of that cash.

  38. LOL the Redskins sure suck more than the Raiders! Thats kinda funny. I am glad the Redskins hung it up for every team besides CRUSHING the Raiders. Hes not young like Drew Brees was when he left the Chargers. The Saints were really the only team to take a shot on him with his shoulder injury. Sorry Raider fans maybe you guys will get Campbell hes a great QB and would help your team. We all saw the numbers he put up with no line and no running backs.

  39. Wow Florio, still pissed that West Virginia got blown apart by Duke, huh? O yea, take your shots at the Raiders douche, everyone seen how coach Huggins tried molesterin Butler on national tv. HAHAHA!!! What a useless excuse for a team of inbreds. At least the Raiders have 3 Superbowls, WV will never make it to the championship game.

  40. Lets see if we can figure this one out.
    City of Oakland = ghetto, check.
    Black hole = freak show, check.
    Crusty owner = asshole, check.
    Yeah, I can’t figure why McNabb wouldn’t want to squander the remaining years of his career in that arm pit.
    Hey, has Seymour signed a new contract yet?

  41. “Honestly, who can blame him? Oakland is a place where careers go to die. They disappear into the abyss of an abysmal black hole, literally. As long as Al is at the helm that franchise will never again sniff a championship.”
    And Washington isn’t the place where careers go to die?

  42. its a shame Sf didnt dump A.Smith for him, coulda been huge for us. were not like oak, we are on the rise not in demise . oak bums dont want to believe he’d retire but we all know, he would.lol

  43. anthony says: April 5, 2010 12:37 PM
    As bitter as it may sounds; But F*ck McNabb and I hope like hell he never get’s a ring.
    And Playing with Washington my dreams will come true. he had a better chance coming to the RAIDERS and doing the same thing Gannon did with the RAIDERS!.
    BTW, he let D. Hall talk him out of Oakland, PLEASE!, HALL is a BUMB!!.
    If i was AL I would have did it anyway and treated his ass like BARRY SANDERS.. IF U DON’T PLAY FOR THE RAIDERS, U DON’T PLAY 4 ANYONE.
    AS A BIG RAIDERS FAN, I’M F*CKING SICK BY HIS WORDS!!
    _______________________________________
    1. What’s a “bumb”?
    2. You are a Raiders fan and THIS is what makes you “f*cking sick”? Maybe you should be sick at the sorry state of your team that makes players say things like this.
    This doesn’t prove McNabb’s a loser. It just goes to show that maybe getting your ass beaten in for no good reason isn’t worth it. There’s no virtue in going to a dysfunctional organization and wasting your time when you have a choice not to. How many of you would go to work for a company you didn’t respect against your will if you were financially secure for the rest of your life? I thought so.

  44. McNabb go to jail then come to Minny.
    Or wait for the Jay Cutler to fail, and go play for the Bears.

  45. This is coming from Yahoo Sports. If any of you actually believe this garbage, you are truly beyond gullible. Who is this hacks source? Another unnamed fly on the wall? Give me a break. It’s truly sad that a lot of you guys believe this crap. The truth was told last night during the Andy Reid press conference.

  46. Mcnabb was affraid to come to oakland and practice against a defense that sacked him 6 times and knocked him down on 30 of his 46 pass attampts. He lived in fear of not making it through camp. 🙂

  47. Why is this so hard to believe? McNabb has always been known to be conservative. Im sure he does have plenty of money sitting in the bank. He isnt flashy and doesnt buy expensive stuff for 900 extended relatives and so called friends like alot of these imbeciles do.
    McNabb is not going to play for a team he doesnt like. No one wants to play in Oakland for that crazy front office. he also knows that at this stage of his career that he doesnt have time to go to a rebuilding team

  48. joetoronto says: “When John Gruden and Gannon came to Oakland, Gruden told Gannon that turning around Oakland would make their legacy.”
    Whose legacy is it that they hit rock bottom and haven’t gotten up since?
    You line couldn’t protect him anyway. When you’ve already made your money and been through porous O-lines before and gotten hurt, why would you do it again and risk certain permanent injury.

  49. So washington isn’t rebuilding? They have 3 old RB’s no receivers and good TE and alot of trouble up front.
    They aren’t drafting fourth by luck here.

  50. Speaks volumns when a decent QB but not a stud says no thanks to the Raiders. !Get a frickin clue dead Al !

  51. I don’t care about any of you ppl!.. I’m not from Oakland I from LA.. U guy’s sound like you have a problem with the inner city.
    Atleast there are no FAG’S in Oakland that’s 4 sure!
    RAIDERS 10-6 IN 2010

  52. Is this Cole dude at Yahoo the same guy that was putting out all that Randy Hanson and Cable is getting the Electric Chair stick?
    I did not even know Yahoo was still around except for email, Google kind of sent them to the minors.
    There is a very good reason the Skins 2nd round pick was able to top the Raiders, they pick higher because they were even worse than the Raiders.
    If the Raiders would have traded for a going to be 34 year old QB that has not been able to play a whole season in years, it would have been a huge mistake.
    For Philly to cut him loose the way they did and have no concern of trading him within the division speaks louder than words, Philly is not afraid of him hurting them.
    Add in the Vikings would rather MAYBE get one more year out of Favre than pick up McNabb for a song and have him 3 or 4 years speaks even louder.
    And people say my prayers are never heard. He is not going to be a Raider and it happened on Easter Sunday, thank you Lord.

  53. McNabb was definitely the guy we needed behind center in Oakland. Then again, anybody would’ve been the guy we needed.

  54. Wha Wha Wha…Flroio is so mean to us, our franchize is beyond pathetic and McNabb would rather pay $11M in opportunity cost (look it up uneducated delinquent raider fans) than put on that peice of crap jersey. HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

  55. This is the biggest crock of shit . . . it doesn’t even make any sense. Let’s leave the money alone . . . McNabb went on the record saying he would like to play for the Cardinals or the Vikings . . . so if he was traded to the Raiders he could have played out his remaining season and then picked the team he wanted to play for in 2011 . . . if a player retires the team that owned his rights at the time of retirement would continue to retain his rights if he returns . . . regardless of how long he remains retired . . . that’s called a contract . . . the reason a rookie can take a season off and re-enter the draft is that the team never contractually owned his rights.
    So your telling me that McNabb would have walked away from over $11M . . . the game that he has played since he was little . . . and the ability to pick his own destination in a year . . . all because he didn’t want to play for the Raiders? He does realize that the Raiders had a better year last year than the Redskins . . . right?
    If this report is true then McNabb really doesn’t have any heart and doesn’t deserve to be playing with any team next year.

  56. raiders177 says:
    April 5, 2010 12:49 PM
    Walked away from $11 million at the age of 33? He’s either a liar or an idiot.
    ————————————————–
    You realize you’re refering to the guy who didn’t know that a game could end in a tie in the NFL? That’s like a pilot not knowing you shouldn’t turn off the aircraft in mid-flight.
    Definitely an idiot.
    But hey, at least now he’s not only hocking Campbell’s soup, he’s swiping Campbell’s job too.
    I find it rather amusing that to McFlab, the Raiders were apparently so abysmal it warranted retirement, (if in fact this story has a SHREAD of merit to it, which I question) but the Redskins were an acceptable trade? REALLY?! This is the team who shelled out $150 million plus on 2 free agents last season only to end the season as 4th worst in the NFL! (AHEAD of Oakland’s 8th worst place, I might add).
    This guy may be the biggest idiot in the NFL, except maybe JaWorthless. And I hope Shanny cries himself to sleep every Sunday night next season for being sent to a team that’s actually WORSE THAN THE RAIDERS.

  57. Nard100: How about when you quote someone, you pick the right person?
    Not that you make any sense anyway.

  58. so would should tell Cole he cant use his mom as a source……i guess the Redskins are sooooo much better because they went 4=12…lol
    old Rb’s,no Line,No Wr….oh but they have the rat…..wow there going to be good.

  59. “That tells me all I need to know about McNabb. He’s a born loser. A winner would embrace the challenge.”
    ————————————————-
    Says the guy who’s probably never played a down of football in his life. The problem with Oakland runs from the very top to the very bottom. Tom Brady couldn’t do anything to save that franchise if he were traded there. And gruden is a poor example. He had the balls as a staff member to tell Davis where to stick it and he had influence regarding the product on the field. Mcnabb would’ve had zero say in anything.

  60. This is bull Mike, why don’t you report on the fact that John Clayton reported last week that Al Davis didn’t want McNabb??

  61. Florio you late term abortion. Gotta rile up the riff raff with your daily anti Raider bullsh*t again, I see. Oh well, you’re a loser. Get a life.

  62. McPuke is a POS. Keep our draft picks, play Bruce, and for Gods sake draft O and D linemen

  63. well florio when yahoo fires jason cole’s dumb ass. they might have room for another rumor mongering Raider hater keep your resume updated

  64. I love it so much when all the Haters come to post about a Raiders story – just shows how much you deep down hate the team – then you have to ask yourselves why?
    We already know our team sucks, you can’t say anything bad about our team that we didn’t say ourselves.
    You post here out of jealously of what the Raiders represent, what they were, what they will be again. You post here out of recognition of what our team can be when we’re rolling.
    Some of your sorry ass teams will never win a trophy, let alone 3.
    We didn’t want McNabb anyway, we have Grad and with the right drafting this year , focusing on the lines, respectability will be around the corner. Then listen to you guys bitch and whine.

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