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Is McNabb trying to force the Redskins’ hand?

Donovan McNabb, Quincy Black, Michael Bennett

The Redskins signed quarterback Donovan McNabb to a contract that defers their decision on a $10 million option bonus until the day after the 2011 regular-season opener.  In exchange for a $3.5 million signing bonus, the Redskins thus secured the exclusive ability to trade McNabb whenever they see it, and/or whenever the option may arise.

So why would the Redskins torpedo their trade leverage by sending McNabb to No. 3 on the depth chart with three games left in the 2010 regular season?

As one league source explained it, McNabb realizes that the team has the power to trade him whenever the Redskins see fit.  And so the thinking is that he’s trying to force the issue by persuading the team either to trade him or to dump him sooner rather than later.

The source suggested that McNabb is “pulling a Haynesworth,” but that McNabb has been more subtle in his approach that the suspended defensive tackle.

The biggest unknown at this point is whether McNabb knew what the Redskins were doing when he signed the contract, or whether he subsequently figured it out and decided that he would not allow the team to squat on his rights until it’s too late to make a meaningful contribution on a new team in 2011.

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33 Responses to “Is McNabb trying to force the Redskins’ hand?”
  1. dccowboy says: Dec 18, 2010 12:55 PM

    Doesn’t that 10.5 million dollar bonus kind of impact his trade value, just a little?

    What team is going to give the Redskins anything much in the way of picks if they have to fork over 10.5 million the first day of the regular season?

  2. sowcrates says: Dec 18, 2010 1:18 PM

    “So why would the Redskins torpedo their trade leverage by sending McNabb to No. 3 on the depth chart with three games left in the 2010 regular season?”


    “And so the thinking is that he’s trying to force the issue by persuading the team either to trade him or to dump him sooner rather than later.”

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    3 things come to mind for me:

    1. How can McNabb” force the issue” when he’s already just one formality away from being practically deactivated for the rest of the season?

    2. Trade Deadline? They can’t trade him until February if I’m not mistaken

    3. McNabb doesn’t have to do anything. John Beck and Rex Grossman may not be as awful as their reputation suggests, but they’ll never be as good as McNabb is right now. Just sit back and let those two prove that fact

  3. skins3yearplan says: Dec 18, 2010 1:43 PM

    The Skins took a shot with McNabb and, despite media reports that Shanihan sucks and is entirely inflexible, Shanihan is now correcting his mistake. Reid knew that McNabb was on the downhill slide and now Shanny is seeing it. It takes BALLS to do what you know is right for the team! Shanny has a plan people. you will realize it in a few years. F the haters!

  4. tombstone7 says: Dec 18, 2010 1:51 PM

    McNabb may be older, but Rex Grossman hasn’t proven that he can be a franchise QB. This is all about Kyle Shanahan and his Dad, affectionately known as the man with the Napoleon syndrom.

    I am not a Redskin hater, in fact, I am an NFL fan, but the Saints are my home team, but watching the Redskins implode this year after the season last year, leaves me less hopeful that the team will find its way out of the D.C. area.

    The offensive line, wide receivers and broken down running backs are all McNabb’s fault? I have watched them play this year and McNabb can put the ball out there for the receivers to make a play and they don’t. That’s McNabb’s fault?

    Oh well, at least Albert Haynesworth saw through the BS and revolted….he knew what everyone didn’t….there’s no such thing as “loyalty” in the NFL…..that died when Don Meredith walked away in his prime…so did Jim Brown and Barry Sanders…..connect the dots!

  5. stixzidinia says: Dec 18, 2010 1:52 PM

    How could McNabb not have known what the Skins were doing? He didn’t think it was a little odd to get a contract extension after having been benched and having played like garbage for his new team for most of the year? Or maybe he felt like he deserved a “financial apology”….kinda like how he and his agent thinks he should be a starting QB based on his name alone rather than on-field performance.

    Mcnabb sucks. Few teams in the NFL would be made better by having him.

  6. meatball13 says: Dec 18, 2010 2:33 PM

    McNabb has only his agent and himself to blame for signing that contract.They were more interested in the financial apology and overlooked the rest.

  7. bodybaggame says: Dec 18, 2010 2:45 PM

    Ironic that McChokes quote “Everybody makes mistakes in they life, they made one last year” in the locker room after the first Eagles-Skins game is now how the Skins feel about him….I’m sure Wilma Wilbon with get an exclusive interview, and we can all hear again how great a leader he is, how he needs weapons, etc. etc……blah blah blah

  8. rick1922 says: Dec 18, 2010 3:26 PM

    Shanihan has a plan alright he put the players in a system that does;t fit them on both sides of the ball.They know by now what Rex can do Beck is an unknown i will give you that. Shanny and his son won;t be there in a few years by now you should know why Denver got rid of him .They can;t get a hat to fit that big head of his .ONLY WON A SB BECAUSE OF ELWAY.

  9. patpatriotagain says: Dec 18, 2010 3:39 PM

    redskins and shanahan deserve each other. overrated owner, franchise and head coach.

  10. garyln7 says: Dec 18, 2010 3:52 PM

    Of course McNabb is forcing the redskins hand, always the poor, poor baby. The redskins realize their mistake and are moving forward with this guy.

  11. johnnyballsack says: Dec 18, 2010 3:55 PM

    skins3yearplan says:
    Dec 18, 2010 1:43 PM
    The Skins took a shot with McNabb and, despite media reports that Shanihan sucks and is entirely inflexible, Shanihan is now correcting his mistake. Reid knew that McNabb was on the downhill slide and now Shanny is seeing it. It takes BALLS to do what you know is right for the team! Shanny has a plan people. you will realize it in a few years. F the haters!
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    3 year plan?? That is a joke. They are currently in rebuilding year number 11. Name one player the Skins have traded for or aquired via free agency, other than London Fletcher, who has been successful. DC is the graveyard of the NFL, where old players go to get one last paycheck and lose all their abilities. The Redskins are the laughing stock of the NFL. Shanahan is an egomaiac that is as delusional as the Skin fans who think he is the second coming.

  12. antalicus says: Dec 18, 2010 3:57 PM

    Arizona needs to get McNabb. He would be much better with Fitzgerald.

  13. extreme469 says: Dec 18, 2010 3:59 PM

    McChoke is overrated and always has been…maybe now folks will realize that Rush was right.

  14. dirtdawg55 says: Dec 18, 2010 4:13 PM

    Foolio is always looking for a more elaborate reason behind an issue when the truth will do just fine; McNuggets is an overrated QB and a dismal leader. He is just not that good.

  15. thetooloftools says: Dec 18, 2010 4:48 PM

    Just another case of an NFL knowing when to ship a guy off who is used up. The Pats have mastered the art of dumping guys just as the tank is on empty. What the Skins failed to realize is that the Eagles weren’t stupid… they saw D-Nabb and they saw Michael Vick wanting to get unleashed (poor choice of words, sorry) and Vick. The Skins thought the Eagles were over reacting and shoving him out the door too fast. The fact is there was really NO market for D-Nabb and Shanahan didn’t have faith in Jason Campbell to get it done. Truth be told I have no faith in the Redskins receiving corps to get separation from defenders either. Washington is just a grease fire and either everything they touch is crap, or turns to crap shortly there after. I have no idea why that might be.

  16. vbe2 says: Dec 18, 2010 4:49 PM

    So, just how can McNabb “force the Redskins hand”? Please explain that. He’s under contract and the Redskins have until the day before next season to do whatever they want to do.

    How can he “force” anything?

  17. pftisprocensorship says: Dec 18, 2010 4:54 PM

    My question is simply why is Mcnabb the one who is figuring this stuff out… I smelled fish as soon as I heard of the signing, why did his agent not as well? I think the answer is one of two situations: His agent realized what was potentially happening and decided to sent his client up Sh!t creek regardless or his agent is just as stupid as Mcnabb is. Either way, his agent should be fired and replaced by a good investment banker because Mcnabb is not long for this football world.

  18. sasquash69 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:36 PM

    While McNabb is overrated and has been his whole career, he doesn’t stink. The Redskins O-line, RBs, and WRs all are very suspect. Everyone who thought the Eagles went to 5 NFC title games because of McNabb have no clue. It was there defense led by BDAWK and Jim Johnson that carried that team. McNabb was good but he wasn’t putting the team on his back and willing them to victory. That being said I think Shanahan is very overrated, and should have retired when Elway did. Or atleast after TD blew his knee out.

  19. sasquash69 says: Dec 18, 2010 5:39 PM

    If McNabb does get cut or whatever, he should go to a team with a solid line, good running game, solid TE, and a deep wr threat. Vikes maybe?

  20. phillysoulfan says: Dec 18, 2010 5:44 PM

    First, exactly how has McNabb forced the Redskins hand? Did I miss something?

    Second, @thetooloftools “..they saw D-Nabb and they saw Michael Vick wanting to get unleashed (poor choice of words, sorry) and Vick.” Really? Then explain why Kolb was the starter until he had a concussion.

  21. kolbfan says: Dec 18, 2010 5:57 PM

    BWAH HA HA
    Geez it only took 13 games for everyone to figure out what Philly fans knew years ago.
    Bet you miss Philly now huh DMac?
    So glad we found that sucker GM in DC to take him. 3rd round pick was a complete steal for Captain Skid Mark.
    Skins fans: enjoy his passive aggressive whining cause here it comes big time.

    Everyone: GIVE PHILLY BRASS PROPS RIGHT NOW!

  22. kolbfan says: Dec 18, 2010 6:03 PM

    I’m still amazed by the many national media apologists for McNabb….
    If you listened to ESPN all the time you’d think he was being crucified in DC.
    “Multiple Championships winner, multiple pro bowls, future hall of famer should not be treated like this…”
    STILL the national media loves this guy. Could never figure that out…
    He’s a bum. Check is career 4th quarter stats. It’s all you need to know.
    HOF? For what?

  23. mannyicey says: Dec 18, 2010 6:05 PM

    Here’s the bottom line: McNabb is getting old, but I would take his stock in the NFL before Shanahan’s. If McNabb goes to the Cardinals? That would be a good fit. So would the Vikings.

    McNabb is a “system” guy. You have to put him in a system with a good running attack and he’ll do well. He can work with mediocre receivers and make them better. You can have a couple of OK offensive linemen. But you gotta have a good running attack for McNabb to win.

  24. kolbfan says: Dec 18, 2010 6:06 PM

    I’ll never forget Chris Berman last year after the McNabb trade rumors swirled. He leaned into the camera and wagged his finger at us and said…. “Be careful what you wish for Philly fans”.
    That really bothered me but it is just soooo sweet now in perspective.

  25. dolphins4 says: Dec 18, 2010 6:07 PM

    Keep up the good work Shanny,you’ve just sank this team to new lows by not adjusting your system to fit the players you have.Zorn did a better job than your doing.

  26. 1historian says: Dec 18, 2010 6:36 PM

    McNabb’s best days/years are behind him, but the Skins figured that if they could put a decent team around him they could win some games.

    some

    McNabb has some gas left in the tank but not much.

  27. mean13 says: Dec 18, 2010 7:53 PM

    NcNabb is overrated and has been forever. Reid covered for him in Filthadelphia. The clown is finished.

  28. moochzilla says: Dec 18, 2010 9:26 PM

    I don’t get it. If this story is right, McNabb is like the girlfriend demanding an official breakup 5 years after her ex got married.

    It’s over, and I think McNabb knows that. He is going to pocket $3.5M more, and then get cut.

    No one is going to trade for that contract, so he’s going to have to go out and strike a new deal.

    I hope Shanahan shows some class and cuts McNabb loose the first day possible. If you don’t want him, and cannot get a 7th rounder for him given that funny money contract, then just part ways and give him a shot to finish his career somewhere else.

    The scenario, it would seem to me, is pretty much set in stone.

  29. goldsteel says: Dec 18, 2010 10:42 PM

    I believe the decision to trade McNabb has already been made. The Shady Shanahans don’t want their trade bait to get injured. It’s just that simple.

  30. warriorking1112 says: Dec 19, 2010 12:31 AM

    NO WAY THE SKINS CUT THAT BUM HE DESERVES TO BE TRADED OR SITTING ON THE BENCH GETTING PAID BEHIND HOPEFULLY ANDREW LUCK who will be the real deal unlike mcchoke!!

  31. skinsfaninillinois says: Dec 19, 2010 5:22 AM

    McNabb was definitely an upgrade from Jason Campbell. Jason was a good athlete and a true gentleman, but he didn’t always make the right decisions in the pocket. Donavan McNabb brought a veteran’s experience but couldn’t flourish because he was running for his life on at least half of the Redskins’ offensive plays. The key to success (as Joe Gibbs proved in his first stint with the Redskins) is to have a superior offensive line. If you have that, you can succeed with mediocore QB and receivers. As a lifelong Redskins fan, I hope they can salvage a draft pick or two with a McNabb trade and concentrate on building the portion of the team they have long been neglecting — the O line.

  32. tagryn says: Dec 19, 2010 7:38 AM

    League source = someone in the Redskins front office trying to get some cover if Grossman doesn’t do well? Probably. This rumor doesn’t make a lot of sense: even if McNabb wanted out of DC (which would be hard to blame him), he knows that the best way to maximize his chances of landing his next contract are by getting out there and playing. Sitting on the bench doesn’t increase his stats any. More importantly, he’s never shown himself to be a shirker or a guy who doesn’t want to play at all times. So, this sounds like someone with motivation to push blame on McNabb.

    This is McNabb’s worst year in a long time, but he’s far from the main problem with the Redskins. Ask yourself: who was the last QB who did well in Washington since Snyder’s coaching carousel started spinning? Anyone?

  33. eagleswin says: Dec 19, 2010 8:30 AM

    skinsfaninillinois says:
    Dec 19, 2010 5:22 AM
    McNabb was definitely an upgrade from Jason Campbell. Jason was a good athlete and a true gentleman, but he didn’t always make the right decisions in the pocket. Donavan McNabb brought a veteran’s experience but couldn’t flourish because he was running for his life on at least half of the Redskins’ offensive plays.

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    McNabb’s play is excused because of the bad offensive line but Campbell’s doesn’t? This is the same offensive line that blocked for Campbell last year.

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