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McNabb gets $5 million for one year

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When the Vikings acquired quarterback Donovan McNabb via trade, he signed a contract to replace the much-hyped five-year, $78 million contract that was negotiated after McNabb was benched in crunch time of a loss to the Lions.

The new numbers hadn’t made their way to the media, since it’s not exactly the kind of deal about which anyone in the McNabb camp should be bragging.

We’re told it’s a one-year, $5 million contract.

That’s only $1 million more than the $4 million average of the two-year deal that former Vikings starter Tarvaris Jackson signed in Seattle, and it’s $11 million less than what the guy who ultimately replaced McNabb will earn in Philly this year.

McNabb’s willingness to accept such a low amount, relatively speaking, could be the best evidence that he no longer cares about his image, and that he simply wants to play football.  Unless he assumed the truth about the deal would never come out.

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38 Responses to “McNabb gets $5 million for one year”
  1. stopthehate15bowdown says: Aug 6, 2011 1:03 PM

    Dude keeps stealing money. More power to him

  2. purpwalk says: Aug 6, 2011 1:14 PM

    s&p downgrades mcnabb

  3. eaglesfootballfan says: Aug 6, 2011 1:16 PM

    This is McNabb’s final chance to prove to people he still has it. Better not mess it up this time or he will be a backup.

  4. Waxxx4321 says: Aug 6, 2011 1:17 PM

    Well lets hope MCnaw works on his accuracy since hes getting 5 million, because his accuracy sucks really bad…..Hail Skins.! i cant even win on Madden without him over throwing everybody on 3rd down.

  5. robertopicadillo says: Aug 6, 2011 1:17 PM

    vikes are spending 5 million to watch mcnabb watch ponder after week 5.

  6. mountaindont says: Aug 6, 2011 1:21 PM

    Yet another inept move from the Vikings. A 1 year contract ? This just reflects the confidence the Vikings have in McNabb

  7. scudbot says: Aug 6, 2011 1:27 PM

    That’s $15M less than they blew last year.

  8. tombrookshire says: Aug 6, 2011 1:30 PM

    Like T.O. next year’s team will pay him $5 million, too, because there are only a handful of legitimate starting QBs in the NFL.

  9. thephantomstranger says: Aug 6, 2011 1:32 PM

    Sounds about right to me. We won’t need him next year.

  10. jbcommonsense says: Aug 6, 2011 1:33 PM

    Very good move. They got an experienced winning QB at a good price. If he succeeds in that tough division, then hold on to him, if not no great loss. I think the Vikes could win 9 games this year.

  11. valhallarising says: Aug 6, 2011 1:50 PM

    Low risk and hopefully a high reward

  12. vikingsinla says: Aug 6, 2011 1:52 PM

    Wow, 5 mil for a guy with McNabb’s resume? This was even a better deal for Minny than I thought! Even if he sucks, he has value as a mentor to Ponder and Webb, but if he returns to form, he’ll be a bargain. By comparison, Mark Sanchez got $15 mil last year, and McNabb outperformed him.

  13. coleman121280 says: Aug 6, 2011 2:02 PM

    Good deal.

  14. laeaglefan says: Aug 6, 2011 2:02 PM

    I think McNabb accepting that contract reflects his realization that he is not perceived as an elite quarterback anymore (if he ever was) and if he wanted to continue playing, this deal was the best he was going to receive. He also knows that this is probably his last chance to change the perception about him, and if he fails, then his career is probably over. But, I’m sure there’s a new career waiting for him at NFL Network or one of the other networks broadcasting NFL games.

  15. baldeaglejohnie says: Aug 6, 2011 2:06 PM

    I’m glad he get’s a good chance now that he is away from the mess in DC. Don’t sleep on 5 this year. Good luck DMAC!

  16. wawa33 says: Aug 6, 2011 2:14 PM

    5 million is $100 for each bounced pass off of the Metrodome astroturf.

  17. icontutu says: Aug 6, 2011 2:45 PM

    It’s Sad that McNabb couldn’t or can’t recognize his own limitations and leave football on a high note. Another year of unfulfilled expectations. He should have retired as an Eagle…

  18. laeaglefan says: Aug 6, 2011 3:16 PM

    He WILL retire as an Eagle…the same way Randall Cunningham did…with a one day ceremonial contract.

  19. beastofeden says: Aug 6, 2011 3:33 PM

    McScabb will be benched by week 3 of the preseason

  20. stellarperformance says: Aug 6, 2011 3:37 PM

    Remember that little glitch that held up this deal at the twelfth hour? It wasn’t about money. It was an agreement that McNabb would not have to compete with Ponder for the starting role. Ponder is not saying anything anymore about how anxious he is to lead the team to victory this year, as he had been. He’s been told to be content holding a clipboard. McNabb didn’t want to have to earn a starting spot, he wanted it guaranteed. So, not only is he accepting the fact that he can’t demand the big bucks any longer, he has to assure himself he won’t get pulled before the season even begins. They’d have been better off with Favre again.

  21. tqurashi786 says: Aug 6, 2011 3:39 PM

    McNabb is a noble and heroic figure. I am betting on redemption.

  22. theripster30 says: Aug 6, 2011 3:40 PM

    typical vikings. theyre still at the bottom of the black and blue division

  23. surefooted1 says: Aug 6, 2011 3:43 PM

    “McNabb’s willingness to accept such a low amount, relatively speaking, could be the best evidence that he no longer cares about his image…”

    The comments he made this week about Philly shows different.

  24. purplehayseuss says: Aug 6, 2011 4:27 PM

    Here they are again, those geniuses that KNOW what WILL happen, and WHEN. I love it! People like you geniuses are, I assume, all multimillionaires? You’ve parlayed your genius into Vegas megabucks, right? Right? Huh? Ah. I see. Not living the zillion dollar jet-setter lifestyle, so you actually read and comment here with the rest of us addicted, addled, poor-house louts.

    OK. Just making sure. Where do I put my $3 bet on the outcome of the 5th race at Pimlico on Tuesday? I prefer the Show prediction, as any moron can pick a winner.

    All geniuses, reply here. Your input will be acted upon.

  25. axlviking says: Aug 6, 2011 4:36 PM

    San Fran has Alex Smith for the same price…I say we Vikings fans are getting a heck of a deal!

  26. thefirstsmilergrogan says: Aug 6, 2011 4:43 PM

    the glitch in the contract negotiations with minny was actually due to mcnabb’s demand that the amount of his monetary apology upon being pulled from the lineup be included in the contract.

    fletcher smith initially told minny that don would insist on a bogus $74 million contract extension with $3.5M due at signing since that’s what bruce allen gave him last time in washington.

    but i heard minny, through skillful negotiating, has brought the apology fee down to $1.5M this time around, citing mcnabb’s ego’s diminishing leverage.

  27. rickycubane says: Aug 6, 2011 4:44 PM

    honestly this is great situation for mcnabb ands the vikings.. he has the best RB in the league and Percy Harvin is DeSean Jackson in puurple.. everyone is saying he will be replaced by ponder midseason but i think he is going to surprise a few ppl.. the vikings are a solid football team.. if peterson gets off to a good start i can see McNabb having a few decent games… he still has a cannon for an arm and i could see him leading them to a winning season especially if one or two of the other teams in that division keep having injury problems like the lions and bears

  28. drmonkeyarmy says: Aug 6, 2011 4:48 PM

    purplehayseuss,

    I was under the impression that this was a comment section on a blog where people are free to express their opinions. Not sure why you take exception to it.

  29. iamthorny says: Aug 6, 2011 5:28 PM

    What team was out there offering 4 million for his services?

    The Vikes have prerequisites for their starting QB’s…. must be either washed up or unwanted…or both.

  30. thetooloftools says: Aug 6, 2011 6:00 PM

    He is going to get broken in 1/2. He is not mobile enough in the pocket and is going to go down.

  31. mountaindont says: Aug 6, 2011 6:49 PM

    “Here they are again, those geniuses that KNOW what WILL happen, and WHEN. I love it!”

    @PURPLE, We arent geniuses we have just been accustomed to the ineptness of the Vikings. Most personnel decisions they make never work out. No team in sports history has the ineptness of the Vikings.

  32. mediasloppy says: Aug 6, 2011 8:20 PM

    mountaindont says:
    Aug 6, 2011 1:21 PM
    Yet another inept move from the Vikings. A 1 year contract ? This just reflects the confidence the Vikings have in McNabb
    ———
    Use your head. It’s pretty cheap and if he turns out great they just pay him again. He’s there mostly to mentor a rookie. You’re pretty inept yourself.

  33. MichaelEdits says: Aug 6, 2011 8:34 PM

    Does anybody think McNabb is not an upgrade over Favre?

  34. prplvikes says: Aug 7, 2011 4:45 AM

    well, Im not going to spout off what will happen or dis the vikes for the moves they make. of course its a blog but so many posts by the way they are written sound as if its a point of fact and not an opinion. I will wait and see what happens.

    So far though, I like what I see in mc5. I believe if he fails, we did not loose much. But I think he’ll do ok. the receiving group may do well too. from what ive seen of mc5′s touches and ponder’s touches, they both are accurate and developing timing with the WR’s. I hope this translate into a winning season and Ponder learns much.

  35. prplvikes says: Aug 7, 2011 4:49 AM

    I remember the same sounding disgust from posters when harvin was selected, the move for jared allen and for Favre.

    you don’t know what the season will be like. for some people its easier to just complain. I wouldn’t trade Favres first season with us. It was a Great season. the second season he seemed like his heart wasn’t in it. he was older. the OL had issues. Sidney was out. too bad his last year was painful to watch. well supposedly his last year.

  36. prplvikes says: Aug 7, 2011 4:51 AM

    oh yeah one more kudos for mc5, he reported to camp.

  37. favreblows says: Aug 7, 2011 12:19 PM

    vikingsinla says:Aug 6, 2011 1:52 PM

    Wow, 5 mil for a guy with McNabb’s resume? This was even a better deal for Minny than I thought! Even if he sucks, he has value as a mentor to Ponder and Webb, but if he returns to form, he’ll be a bargain. By comparison, Mark Sanchez got $15 mil last year, and McNabb outperformed him.

    ****Wait a minute! You clearly must be Paul Hargis in disguise. I mean only Paul Hargis would make such an idiotic statement that McNabb outperformed Mark Sanchez last year. Come on buddy! McNabb was benched last year in favor of Rex f’n Grossman. Mark Sanchez led his team to playoff victories over Peyton Manning and the Colts…..and Tom Brady and the Patriots. Then they lost a close game to the Steelers in the AFC championship. Add that on to the fact that he also led the Jets to two playoff wins and to the AFC championship game in 2009.

    McNabb may turn it around this year…..he has been good in the past. But please stop making such moronic statements claiming that he outperformed Mark Sanchez last year.

  38. knucklehead93 says: Aug 7, 2011 7:26 PM

    Hey mountaindont, it’s INEPTITUDE…not ineptness! Nice try though.

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