For now, Donovan McNabb has been reassured that he is the Eagles' quarterback for the next two years. Monetary reassurance in the form of $24.5 million should eliminate any potential drama when the team comes together at Lehigh.
The striking of this deal not only is huge for McNabb's psyche, but for the team's as well. The media will not have the opportunity to drive a rift between the incumbent quarterback and the organization.
For a team with Super Bowl aspirations, keeping the quarterback happy is the permanent number one priority. A happy Donovan in June should, for all intents and purposes, make for a happy Donovan in September.
The specter of a contract dispute is now gone.
The additions made to this team have the potential for a brighter future for this team. The question all along has been will McNabb be apart of that bright future? Through 2010, the future is only as bright as McNabb can make it for this Eagles team.
To venture to say that McNabb is as comfortable with his standing with the organization as he was in 2004 would not be too far of a stretch.
For the first time in the five years since the Super Bowl appearance, there is no significant drama revolving around this quarterback. That is a major factor in ensuring the stability of this team will stay intact.
Donovan McNabb is among the top tier of quarterbacks in the National Football League. To bridge the gap between being a good quarterback and a great quarterback, McNabb needs to take that next step that has eluded him in the past.
With the security of the next two years, it will be interesting to see what a Donovan McNabb with the right frame of mind can accomplish under center for this team.