The timing of the move is undoubtedly odd and there are still many questions to be answered, but a few details are starting to emerge.
The Redskins officially confirmed the extension Monday night, but didn’t comment. Adam Schefter of ESPN said that no negotiations took place Monday. In fact, the parameters of the contract were in place since October. Anderson writes that the guaranteed money was the last hurdle.
“The Redskins made it clear to us [after the benching] that they were definitely behind Donovan and want him to be in Washington,” agent Fletcher Smith told Jason Reid of the Washington Post. “Obviously, there were a lot of things going on the last couple of weeks, but the team’s belief in Donovan did not change. That was made clear.”
It’s a move that will be popular in the Redskins locker room. The result of Monday night’s game will decide how popular it is in the rest of Washington D.C.