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McNabb seeks release from Redskins

In a move that will shock no one who has been paying attention to the situation, Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb wants the team to release him, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Per Schefter, McNabb wants to be able to pick the team with which he’ll finish his career.

That’s fine.  But why then did McNabb accept a new deal that paid him $3.5 million and that gave the Redskins the ability to squat on his rights until the day after the 2011 regular-season opener?  If McNabb hadn’t signed the contract, he would have been a free agent after the season.

At a bare minimum, McNabb should have to pay back the $3.5 million.  With interest.

The question becomes whether coach Mike Shanahan will insist on trying to trade McNabb, and whether Shanahan will be willing to allow the situation in 2011 to become a Haynesworthian affair, at least until the eve of the regular-season opener.

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37 Responses to “McNabb seeks release from Redskins”
  1. moochzilla says: Dec 26, 2010 1:36 PM

    I thought he wanted to stay there forever.

    At least that was the lie last week. Before he got caught lying about Shanahan.



    Fading talent.

    Yet 80% of people who observe this still call him ‘classy’.

    He’s an emotionally stunted adult who throws passive-aggressive temper tantrums. DId it in Philly. Did it in Washington. Will do it in Minnesota or Arizona next year.

  2. pervyharvin says: Dec 26, 2010 1:36 PM

    Stay the hell out of MN McDoucher…

  3. moochzilla says: Dec 26, 2010 1:37 PM

    ” McNabb wants to be able to pick the team with which he’ll finish his career”

    Uh, wasn’t that what he did when he cried to be traded to the Redskins?

  4. 1paulkemp1 says: Dec 26, 2010 1:42 PM

    See you in Minnesota Donovan….

  5. help me says: Dec 26, 2010 1:45 PM

    “At a bare minimum, McNabb should have to pay back the $3.5 million. With interest.”

    That would be too easy for McNabb.

  6. importantpftcomment says: Dec 26, 2010 1:46 PM

    The Redskins offered McNabb money, he accepted on good faith that he would be the starting QB barring injuries.

    He owes them nothing!

    He has every right to ask for his release just as every other player has that right. Doesn’t necessarily mean that the team will grant it.

  7. commandercornpone says: Dec 26, 2010 1:47 PM

    then he shouldnt have signed the contract.

    then on espin today idiot meshawn talked about how he forced teams to trade him where he wanted to go, and that mcnabb can do the same.

    nabster doesnt own his contractual rights, the skins do.

  8. newagerocker says: Dec 26, 2010 1:50 PM

    I thought The Eagles made a big mistake? I’m so confused. I used to like him as a person and I liked what he did on the field until 2004. Now he needs to go away with Bret Favre. I’ll take Michael Vick, his past, and his play on the field over McNabb any day.

  9. nogoodell says: Dec 26, 2010 1:51 PM

    Redskin fans should see the same thing

  10. kriswd40 says: Dec 26, 2010 1:57 PM

    Good question about the contract, it was pretty obvious things were bad when he signed that. Total bonehead move.

  11. moochzilla says: Dec 26, 2010 2:01 PM

    His agent didn’t read the fineprint, that’s why he’s stirring the pot now trying to blow up the relationship between Doovan and the team that now owns him for $3.5M.

    If I was Shanahan I would hold on to him until Labor Day and then axe him.

  12. xli2006 says: Dec 26, 2010 2:03 PM

    Can you blame him?

    What a dysfunctional organization.

  13. myspaceyourface says: Dec 26, 2010 2:09 PM

    McChunkie – “I want a release”

    Shanahan – “No”

    McChunkie – “Wah Wah Wah”

    Shanahan – “Your lazy, stupid, out of shape butt is still worth a 3rd round pick”

    McChunkie – “Your son is a jerk”

    Shanahan – “Your mom is fat”

    McChunkie – “Release me or else”

    Shanahan – “or else what, you will quit on your team”

  14. 12strikes says: Dec 26, 2010 2:15 PM

    It is pretty evident that McNabb is a money whore who has sold his dignity for a “Financial Apology”. And with Washington all he saw in the contract was an extra 3.5 million this season. McNabb would tattoo “RUSH” to his forehead for an extra dollar

  15. steelerdynasty2010 says: Dec 26, 2010 2:17 PM

    he probably signed because he wanted to ensure some income in case of injury or lockout. secondly, at the time, wasnt he still the starter?what reason did he have at the time to suspect that he’d be anything but the starter?
    say what you want to about mcnabb, but shanahan is at fault here. his handling of the TEAM this year has been ridiculous. why is he picking fights with such marquee veteran players? if you are going to assert your authority on a team, do it with the younger superstars, and certainly NEVER with your “leader on the field” (i dont care who the qb is). it makes you look immature and unsure of yourself around GROWN MEN in a locker room. you’re the coach (and supposed leader of men), so coach and leave the alpha male nonsense to the players.

  16. penitentiaryofdreams says: Dec 26, 2010 2:22 PM

    Andy Reid protected this guy’s faults and insecurities for years in Philly. The rest of the coaches in the league aren’t as benevolent. McBadd needs to go kill worms in the CFL.

  17. smellmyface says: Dec 26, 2010 2:34 PM


    So where you on Haynesworths side when he wanted out because they switched the defence?

  18. myasylum11 says: Dec 26, 2010 2:38 PM

    Seems a though Rush Limbaugh was right about this guy. 😦

  19. hank10 says: Dec 26, 2010 2:40 PM

    kriswd40 says: Dec 26, 2010 1:57 PM

    Good question about the contract, it was pretty obvious things were bad when he signed that. Total bonehead move.

    If you mean a bonehead move by Washington, I agree. But for McMartyr, the $3.5M was just another little gift to help soothe his easily hurt feelings. Just like when Reid paid him the make-up money after the Benching in Baltimore. He wasn’t going to turn down the money. Who would?

    He is the thinnest-skinned QB since Jim “Chris” Everett.

  20. warriorking1112 says: Dec 26, 2010 2:42 PM

    THIS BUM DOESN’t DESERVE TO BE CUT! He is the prob!

  21. phillyjeff says: Dec 26, 2010 2:44 PM

    His agent, Fletcher Smith, did his client a dis-service by having him sign that stupid contract.

  22. gatorprof says: Dec 26, 2010 2:45 PM

    The Skins can do whatever they want to with McNabb, but Coach Teflon and Teflon Jr. are living on borrowed time in DC.

    Shanny sucks as a coach and generally treats his players poorly. Shanny Jr. only has a job because of Dad. Rex Grossman???? Yeah, that is a guy that will inspire the team as a leader. The sum total of that situation is a lost locker room that isn’t coming back.

    People will always step up and take Danny Boy’s money, but they will never field a championship team in DC while he is the owner.


    The Eagles made a mistake and then got lucky. Kolb sucked (mistake) and Vick exceeded everyone’s expectations (luck).

  23. joetoronto says: Dec 26, 2010 2:50 PM

    Consider the source of this story, Schefter is the rat’s bum buddy.

  24. 6250claimer says: Dec 26, 2010 2:54 PM

    Shanarat and Shanarat Jr need to GO. Perhaps Dan Snyder’s WORST signing/hiring EVER, and that’s really saying something, with all the turds he’s signed over the years. McNuggets is no savior, but Shanarat has been a complete buffoon and embarrassment to every Deadskins fan, all year long. Denver was smart to blow him out.

  25. bleedgreen4life says: Dec 26, 2010 2:54 PM

    eagles will be glad to have him back..on their practice squad

  26. silk32 says: Dec 26, 2010 2:56 PM

    If Skins were going to make McNabb the 3rd string QB then why offer him a contract. Dude is at the end of his career. It’s only natural he would want to go somewhere he could start. You do not treat a 6 time pro bowl QB in this manner. The Shanahans are like “a teacher in the summer time . . . no class”.

  27. contraryguy says: Dec 26, 2010 2:57 PM

    must’ve used D-Wade’s phone to type ‘GET ME OUTTA HERE!’

  28. moochzilla says: Dec 26, 2010 3:05 PM

    How did Kolb look vs Atlanta?

  29. jimnaizeeum says: Dec 26, 2010 3:10 PM

    Where are the dope commentaters that bashed Philly for trading this dud?

  30. kriswd40 says: Dec 26, 2010 3:29 PM

    @hank10 It was a bonehead move for McNabb, a good move for the Skins. The Skins can trade him now and at least get something.

    McNabb gave away his rights by taking more money. He’s got no right to complain now or beg for a release. If he didn’t want to be there, he shouldn’t have signed the contract. He did, he gave up his rights. He needs to quit acting like a child now.

  31. cliffandvickinphilly says: Dec 26, 2010 3:31 PM

    Wow…I’m thinking the Vikings…possibly Arizona since he owns property there…Good Luck Donovan…

  32. richm2256 says: Dec 26, 2010 4:00 PM

    importantpftcomment says:
    The Redskins offered McNabb money, he accepted on good faith that he would be the starting QB barring injuries.

    He owes them nothing!

    Umm, you think maybe he owed it to them to PLAY like a starting QB, moron?

  33. moochzilla says: Dec 26, 2010 4:10 PM

    Do Arizona or Minnesota have an over-rated “system” TE, like Chris Cooley, who will rip the Skins for letting an awesome talent like McNabb go?

  34. 1historian says: Dec 26, 2010 4:19 PM

    Here is an excerpt from my Pulitzer-prize winning book “How to build a winning team and organization”

    Robert Kraft, owner New England Patriots.

    1) Hire the right coach
    2) Pay the bills
    3) Get the hell out of the way

  35. moochzilla says: Dec 26, 2010 4:26 PM

    McNabb took the money AFTER he had been benched at Detroit and AFTER the problems with Kyle Shanahan started (by his own agent’s admission).

    But nice try to make McNabb look classy, instead of a childish dolt with a bad agent.

    Google who else Fletcher Smith represents. I am guessing you won’t see the Manning brothers on the roster.

  36. edgarpoe2 says: Dec 27, 2010 11:39 AM

    The Redskins have been dysfunctional before McNabb wore a Washington jersey, and they will be dysfunctional after he is gone. When you have a fantasy football owner, you get fantasy football results. Thank you Dan Snyder for making the once-highly respected Washington Redskins the laughingstock of the NFL.

  37. astiowa says: Dec 27, 2010 3:01 PM

    McNabb has more leverage here that many of you seem to realize. Yes he did sign that extension, which does give the Redskins the ability (in theory) to trade him that they wouldn’t have had if he were to be a free agent. However the other side of this is the contract he signed also pays him far more than he would get now on a free agent deal. So to make him worth ANYTHING to the receiving club, McNabb has to agree to a reduction in his salary. While the contract isn’t guaranteed, that doesn’t mean the new club can arbitrarily reduce the amount. Unless McNabb agrees to the pay cut the new teams only options are to pay him the contract amount or cut him (which makes him a free agent). No team is going to offer the Redskins anything at all if they have to pay McNabb that amount. And no team will trade anything for him if they’re just going to end up releasing him. The Skins are stuck here, the mastermind Shanahan just hasn’t figured it out yet.

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