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.

37 responses to “McNabb seeks release from Redskins

  1. 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. ” 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?

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

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

  7. 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.

  8. 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”

  9. 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

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. @importantpftcomment

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

  13. #
    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.

  14. 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).

  15. 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.

  16. 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”.

  17. @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.

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

  19. 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?

  20. 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

  21. 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.

  22. 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.

  23. 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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