Donovan McNabb and the Redskins have agreed to a 5-year, $78 million deal with $40 million guaranteed, ESPN's Michael Smith is reporting, citing a source. (Smith, you might recall was a confidante in the media of the McNabb camp during his the end of tenure with the Eagles.)
The deal includes the possibility of another $10 million in incentives, according to the report.
The Redskins have issued a press release confirming the signing, although the team did not disclose terms of the deal.
Of course, this all comes two weeks after he was benched in favor of Rex Grossman in the final 2 minutes of a loss to Detroit and then had his intelligence and cardiovascular conditioning clumsily questioned by his head coach.
McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, told the Associated Press that McNabb's benching had no impact on the negotiations and that McNabb is "happy to be a Redskin."
“Te Redskins made it clear to us [after the benching] that they were definitely behind Donovan and want him to be in Washington,” agent Fletcher Smith told Jason Reid of the Washington Post. “Obviously, there were a lot of things going on the last couple of weeks, but the team’s belief in Donovan did not change. That was made clear.”
McNabb turns 34 at the end of the month.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reported yesterday that McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, was scheduled to be in Washington for tonight's game and planned to meet with the Redskins. According to that report, the sides had met three times previously, twice in Chicago and once in Philadelphia before the Eagles played the Redskins in early October. However, Schefter reported tonight that there were no talks and the parameters of the contract were in place since October. The guaranteed money was apparently the final hurdle.
Be interesting to hear what the parties have to say about all this after tonight's game, but this certainly shows the organization has a long-term commitment to McNabb despite the events of the last few weeks. The news release confirming the signing by the Redskins did not include quotes from anyone.
The timing also is strange, especially given that McNabb has not had a great year thus far. In eight games with the Redskins, McNabb has completed 159-of-277 passing attempts (57.4%) for 1,971 yards, seven touchdowns, and eight interceptions for a 76.0 passer rating.
You might recall that McNabb's agent was talking about contract extension on Easter Sunday when the quarterback was traded to the Redskins. Then, there was more talk about it in training camp. So, now the decision gets made on the day of a Monday night game in the midst of all the hoopla of the last few weeks? Wonder where Daniel Snyder fit into all this ...
Guess who the spotlight might be on tonight when the Eagles visit the Redskins on Monday Night Football.
If you guessed Donovan McNabb, you would be right.
ESPN began a bit of that push last night with McNabb’s appearance on the “Sunday Conversation,” during which he interview by MNF play-by-play host Mike Tirico.
ESPN posted an excerpt of the interview, starting with a worthy question: Donovan, why do all these controversies seems to follow you?
“It’s a question that I always ask,” McNabb said. “I try not to let it hold me down to the point where I lose focus on what the task at hand is.”
“We’re human and a lot of stuff it may affect you to the point where you start to question a lot of things going on. I never let it hold me down to the point where I just lose all type of focus on my job. You laugh at it. You know, you ask yourself why, but you gotta move on.”
You won’t have to wait long for a video clip of McNabb in Eagles green. After the traditional Hank Williams opening, ESPN will continue looking back at the top moments in Monday Night Football’s 40-year history involving the team that are playing that night.
This highlight is from Sept. 16, 2002, when McNabb accounted for more than 300 yards in a 37-7 win by the Eagles over Washington.
Former MNF announcer Frank Gifford does the voiceover, with the video and audio of Gifford shot over the summer, ESPN said.
According to the early inactives, Clinton Portis will not play for the Redskins, the NFL Network is reporting, with Ryan Torrain expected to start at running back.
Return specialist/wide receiver Brandon Banks is not listed among the inactives.