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Washington Redskins Extend Donovan McNabb, But Was It a Mistake?

McNabb may feel like Number 1, but is he?
McNabb may feel like Number 1, but is he?Jim McIsaac/Getty Images
Scott RedickContributor INovember 15, 2010

The Redskins finally got serious about picking a quarterback.

On Thursday, they gave quarterback Donovan McNabb a 5-year, $78 million extension to stay with the team. McNabb received a ridiculous $40M guaranteed with the potential to earn $10M more in incentives. I’m sure this will be all the broadcast team is talking about on Monday Night Football, as the Redskins announced this strategically to be made public hours before game time. I can hear Jon Gruden praising him now.

This is an insane move by Redskins upper management, and not just because McNabb was yanked for a two-minute drill two weeks ago… for REX GROSSMAN, the pillar of quarterback ineptitude over the past few years, but also because:

-The 34-year-old signal caller is on pace for his fewest TD passes since 1999

-He has thrown more picks than touchdowns

-He has so far has posted his lowest completion percentage since 2006

-The Redskins are only 4-4 this season

-According to Shanahan, he has been slow to pick up the offense

-He has been battling hamstring injuries all season

The Redskins are trying to appease their fans and keep the locker room at rest, but this was not the way to do it. They needed more time to figure out the best direction for the organization.

This is not just bad timing. McNabb simply has not nearly earned it. 

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