Washington Redskins Quarterback Donovan McNabb Still Wants To Be in DC

Josh McCainSenior Writer IDecember 28, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 19:  Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5  of the Washington Redskins on the sidelines against play against the Dallas Cowboys at Cowboys Stadium on December 19, 2010 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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On his weekly Radio show on ESPN 980, Donovan McNabb has stated that Adam Schefter's report that he will ask for his release are false and that he wants to stay with the Redskins into next season.

Honestly, that is out of McNabb's hands.  If the Redskins can trade him they probably will, but funnier things have happened here in our Nation's Capitol.

I've held out hope that the benching of Donovan McNabb was just an audition for Rex Grossman to make the roster next season given that he's not under contract.

However, that was shattered when Shanahan said he'd like McNabb back next season as his back-up.

Earlier in the season when McNabb was benched in the Detroit game, McNabb said he was 100 percent sure he'd sign a new contract.

People scoffed and said that he was just saying that because it was the right thing to say and that he had to say it. Before the Monday night game against Philadelphia, he signed a contract extension.

So, not that he's been demoted to third string and the coach has said that Donovan would be a back-up if he were here next season, why would Donovan have to say the "right thing"?

There have been many quarterbacks in Donovan's position who at this point would come out and say they want to be a starter. If Donovan said that, I don't think anyone would fault him.

Unless he's the starter next season for the Redskins, I don't see how he'll be in D.C. but we don't really know.

Rex played well in the second half against Dallas and for a handful of drives in Jacksonville, so I don't know if he's impressing the elder Shanahan.

This whole situation reminds me of the Doug Williams-Jay Scheidor soap opera of 1986 -87.

After all, Shanny could be truly evaluating his quarterbacks. Maybe after the Giant game, his evaluation of Rex Grossman might not be that high anymore and McNabb will be the starter to open up next season.

At this point your guess is as good as mine, and honestly I won't rule out anything this off-season.