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McNabb’s benching could cost him up to $93,000

Donovan McNabb, Jason Pierre-Paul

Some have speculated that the Redskins benched quarterback Donovan McNabb in order to avoid the upgrading of the fourth-round pick they owe the Eagles in 2011 to a third-rounder.  There’s a belief that the 2011 selection becomes a third-round pick if McNabb takes at least 70 percent of the snaps.

But the pick bumps up by a round only if McNabb makes the Pro Bowl or if he takes 70 percent of the snaps and the Redskins win nine or more games.  With the Redskins already losing eight games, there’s no way they can win nine.

Moreover, McNabb already has likely taken more than 70 percent of the snaps.  He already has started and taken all but a few of the snaps in more than 81 percent of the team’s games.  Barring an incredibly high number of snaps in the final three games, he’ll be over 70 percent even if he doesn’t take another snap.

That said, the Redskins derive a potential benefit by putting McNabb at third on the depth chart.  His new contract contains for 2010 up to $250,000 in per-game roster bonuses that become payable if he’s on the active roster.  As the third quarterback, he’s not on the active roster.  (We don’t know whether that status changes if he actually plays; we’re checking on it.)

Thus, the Redskins likely will save $31,250 for each game in which McNabb technically is not on the active roster.  That’s a grand total of $93,750.

It’s not a ton of money, but it will do nothing to get agent Fletcher Smith to stop search for a word stronger than disrespectful.

UPDATE:  NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says that the third quarterback is a member of the active roster.  If, however, the Redskins decide not to make McNabb the third quarterback, as the Vikings did on Monday night with Brett Favre, they won’t owe McNabb the money.  And that would definitely kill any future relationship between player and team.

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30 Responses to “McNabb’s benching could cost him up to $93,000”
  1. commandercornpone says: Dec 17, 2010 10:01 PM

    they cant go worse than 0-3 without him.

    they would probly go 0-3 with him.

  2. deadeye says: Dec 17, 2010 10:07 PM

    Poor baby!

  3. p4ever says: Dec 17, 2010 10:07 PM

    Yes, they rather alienate McNabb than pay about $100,000. Redskins business as usual…

  4. brncowin says: Dec 17, 2010 10:08 PM

    Redskins should pass every down, have their runners go out of bounds every play, get as many snaps as possible over the next 3 games!

  5. PCa Survivor says: Dec 17, 2010 10:11 PM

    Wow. On the previous post I requested someone smarter than me explain the contractual provisions both as they relate to McNabb and the upgrading of a 4th to a 3rd. Did not expect the big guy himself to post. Thanks!

  6. warriorking1112 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:11 PM

    hahaha mcnabb has always been a choke and a joke!!! HTTR HE DESERVED TO GET BENCHED! THE SKINS WILL TRADE MCCHOKE AND FAT AL AND PICKS TO MOVE UP TO GRAB THE BEST NFL READY QB ANDREW LUCK!! HE WILL BE A STAR IN DC ALONG WITH WALL AND OVIE

  7. nomad57 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:12 PM

    Either way the skins don’t have a 3 or 4; looks like the Saints get the third in the Jammal Brown trade.

  8. nealc53 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:13 PM

    $93,000 just a good night of parting for those guys

  9. hobartbaker says: Dec 17, 2010 10:17 PM

    While it looks like a bad deal for Mike at the moment, particularly if McNabb gets cut, at least he was able to wrangle out a pair of eighth rounders from Andy Reid in the deal as well.

  10. myspaceyourface says: Dec 17, 2010 10:21 PM

    yikes

  11. gypjet says: Dec 17, 2010 10:26 PM

    I don’t know what is going on in DC, but all signs point to Shannahan Jr. being the broken cog in the machine, and McNabb is the fall guy. Mike Shannahan looks like a joke right now, but I don’t know what to make of McNabb. Has something happened to make him a terrible player suddenly? I don’t think so. Never hire a boy to do a man’s job. I know nothing about Baby Shannahan, but I resent him for making this drama happen and all of us having to hear about it. What are they up there, teenage girs?

  12. jamaltimore says: Dec 17, 2010 10:39 PM

    Big Deal. He makes like 10 million a year and he’s got an additional 3.5 million as hush money to not trash the rat and his little boy. It’s obviously he’s not sticking around!

    It can only get better if: The Cowboys score more than the Eagles did in the first quarter off picks and fumbles from Rexy! After Beck goes in and pushes it to 42-0 the rat calls for donnie to come in as the 3rd qb.. Donovan replys I’m fat hurt and dumb so I need to save to save my body for next year and I decline to enter the game. PLEASE!

  13. icewalker946 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:45 PM

    There has to be a reason why the Redskins got McNabb. Why get him if only to screw around with his playing status, his 2-minute drill status and his roster status.

    The Redskins are the Clippers of the NFL.

    McNabb needs to go to a new team next season, otherwise he’s the dumb one. Fool me once, shame on you….fool me twice, shame on me.

    I see Vikings, Cardinals, and Titans needing a stable QB next year.

  14. alewatcher says: Dec 17, 2010 10:50 PM

    #
    FinFan68 says: Dec 17, 2010 7:34 PM

    @tommy:
    Grossman is better than you think. He is not great, but he has ability.

    ———————
    Grossman could be better than I think and still suck completely.

    I think Shanahan is coaching out of sheer spite. It’s difficult to explain his decisions any other way.

  15. vbe2 says: Dec 17, 2010 10:52 PM

    He’s slated to be #2 this week, #3 the last 2 weeks.

  16. waccoforflacco says: Dec 17, 2010 11:01 PM

    Actually there is very little that Danny & his boys haven’t screwed up. Let’s see..Adam Archuleta, Randle El, Jim Zorn, Clinton Portis for Champ Bailey, Haynesworth, Joe Gibbs II, McNabb.
    And let’s go back further to bad picks and terrible free agents.
    Michael Westbrook, Gus Frerotte, Sean Gilbert, Big Daddy Dan Wilkinson, Dana Stubblefield, Daryl Gardiner, and Mark Brunell…just some names from the past to get the fans to buy tickets based on names only.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Danny doesn’t have his car parked in front of the Charger’s Vincent Jackson’s house right now to get a guy with several DUIs and a Haynesworth attitude just to make the fans buy the season tickets based on Danny’s fantasy football-style of running a team.

  17. kbtegp says: Dec 17, 2010 11:07 PM

    Actually, it would only be $62,500 as Shanahan has indicated that McNabb wouldn’t go to 3rd string until week 16…

  18. Andre's Johnson says: Dec 17, 2010 11:12 PM

    It’s pretty clear now that Shanny Jr. was never the brains behind the solid Texans offense – it’s all Kubiak.

    Yeah, Kyle’s road to a head coaching job has taken a five-year detour.

  19. goldsteel says: Dec 17, 2010 11:24 PM

    And another episode of the Shattering Shannahans begins. Yes, Donovan will be gone next year. Yes, the Redskins will lose the rest of their games this season. Yes, Daniel Snyder is unintentionally rubbing salt into the wounds of Redskins fans. They play a lot of money to see this soap opera unfold. NFL football fans are devoted fans that are apparently not appreciated by the NFL and the owners.

  20. kimcon22000 says: Dec 17, 2010 11:35 PM

    Shanahan’s a fool. Dan Snyder’s a rich idiot and the Redskins suffer on the field.
    The Redskins are my team but I hate the way things have gone there since Cooke left.

  21. slickzmoney says: Dec 17, 2010 11:37 PM

    Skins are a mess and Snyder loves money but no way this move was done to save the team $93,000. Get real MF(er).

  22. mean13 says: Dec 18, 2010 12:19 AM

    McNabb blows.

  23. macjacmccoy says: Dec 18, 2010 12:45 AM

    This sucks for the Eagles if it comes down to the Giants losing in week 17 vs the Redskins for the Eagles to make the playoffs. The Eagles are screwed if thats the case with Grossman or anyone else at qb for the Redskins and not Mcnabb.

    Mcnabb is very inconsistent but he can have a great game at any time and he could have had one in week 17. Now that will never happen with him on the bench.

  24. charleswoodson says: Dec 18, 2010 12:47 AM

    Save $93,000?

    That’s nothing, as the Redskin’s postgame spread is now
    peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

    In all seriousness, there’s a new, emerging term for the tactic a team (e.g., the Redskins) is now employing with McNabb.

    It’s called “We’re Just Not That Into You” and we’re telling the media how much you are sooooo not here next year — and doing so before you tell the media, “I’m outta here.”

    McNabb’s diplomatic response is a way to be a good guy so that the next team in the offseason (e.g., think MN or SF, both of which BADLY need a 2011 QB) will be able to Pony & Dance McNabb at the media splash day when introducing their next sub-.500 QB.

    Bottom line: McNabb starts somewhere next season and his comment of “disappointment” allows him to play again next year without too much fire being sprayed.

    Amazing there’s NOT 32 high quality QBs in the league and so many starters are mediocre to awful, but get to start, including McNabb.

  25. warriorking1112 says: Dec 18, 2010 2:15 AM

    mcnabb is a joke EVERYGAME THIS SEASON HE HAS THROWN AT LEAST 8-15 balls AT THE WR’S SHOWLACES!!! DMAC IS A BUM!! He will be traded thank god GET HIS PUNK A OFF THE EAST COAST ALREADY HE’s BEEN OVERATED AND STANKING IT UP FOR WAY TOO LONG!!! HTTR!! Shanny jr’s o was pretty good with the texans if he had a quality QB THAT WOULD THROW UP IN THE SUPER BOWL MAYBE THE SKINS WOULD HAVE WON 5 MORE GAMES THIS YEAR!

  26. funkylovemonkey says: Dec 18, 2010 3:08 AM

    I love people deluding themselves that Grossman is any sort of answer. Grossman’s best season rating (75.9) is lower then McNabb’s rating so far this season (77.1), which is the worst McNabb has had since he was a rookie back in 1999. McNabb is the second most sacked QB in the NFL, the Redskin’s porous offensive line is going to make any QB look bad especially with little running game to speak of (ranked 26th in the league). Those people shouting for Luck being drafted next year better hope he isn’t put in behind that line or he’ll be so beat up after the first year he’ll be nothing more then another highly touted bust.

    Shanahan has made the Redskins, which seemed like a team on the cusp last year with a very good defense, look hopeless and confused. Washington has gone from having the 10th ranked defense in 2009 to the 32nd this year, dead last. That’s inexcusable. He should be fired for that alone, but his games with McNabb have been idiotic and childish. What a joke.

  27. johnnyballsack says: Dec 18, 2010 3:34 AM

    Who in their right mind would come to DC and play for the worst owner and coach in the NFL? You come to DC to have your career sent into a downward spiral.

  28. theshocker98 says: Dec 18, 2010 4:19 AM

    What the hell has Shanahan done since he rode Elway and TD to the SuperBowl wins. His last few years in Denver were filled with horrible draft picks and bad teams. I think it’s just typical Redskin’s, buying players and coaches on name and not on the field production. And now you have your coach benching McNabb for Rex Grossman?? Come on man, sure McNabb hasn’t had his best season, but the defense is horrible, their O-line is bad, their running game has been non-existent, and your best receiver is an aging Santana Moss. I see Daniel Snyder becoming the next Al Davis, he is well on his way now.

  29. moochzilla says: Dec 18, 2010 8:59 AM

    This whole thing has now become:

    1) Save money from McNabb’s deal

    2) Prevent him from hitting the production that bumps up the Eagles compensation

    3) Feather the nest so that his idiot son can take over a team with ZERO expectations

    But remember, if all Eagles fans (and Giants and Cowboy fans can join in) VOTE FOR MCNABB AS A PRO BOWLER we get a better pick.

    Vote early. Vote often.

    McNabb for Pro Bowl!!!!!!

    We can make it happen! After all almost all the deserving players skip this joke game because they are in the playoffs. McNabb has always viewed it as his own little Super Bowl. So he’s game, and I am sure he’d want to stick it to the Skins.

  30. backindasaddle says: Dec 18, 2010 11:45 AM

    I never thought McNabb was as dedicated to being as good as he could be. He’s got all the physical talents and abilities in big way. Athleticism, huge arm etc… But he just doesn’t have the fire in his belly, the gritty determination and the mental commitment to being the best that the truly great QBs like Brady and Manning possess.

    He will always by a step down from those guys because of this reason alone.

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