Donovan McNabb Keeps Calm: Injury, Contract Situation Don't Shake Him

Paul DowdsContributor IJune 8, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - MAY 1: Quarterback Donovan McNabb #5 (L) stands  on the sideline with second round draft pick running back LeSean McCoy #29 of the Philadelphia Eagles during minicamp at the NovaCare Complex on May 1, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Hunter Martin/Getty Images)

A few short months ago, Donovan McNabb was demanding a stronger offensive unit. His leverage? He refused to extend his contract, which expires after the 2010 season, unless he was given more weapons to operate his offense with.

The 10-year quarterback is undoubtedly the centerpiece of the Eagles offense, and so one could only expect that the organization would do all within its power to get him what he demanded, right?

Wrong. Unless, of course, you want to call a revamped offensive line a weapon for McNabb. Other than a few unproven pass-catchers picked up in the draft, the Eagles haven't really made an attempt to satisfy McNabb's desire for more play makers.

But the veteran quarterback is staying calm, believing that, "that (the contract situation) will work itself out." This McNabb is a much different McNabb than at the beginning of the offseason—perhaps one that was frustrated by his lack of a dominant receiver; and he may have simmered down since then.

McNabb and the Eagles did begin to discuss contract extension possibilities, although they ultimately decided to tune up the remainding years of his contract.

The injury sustained by Brian Westbrook and the surgery that followed did not seem to worry him, either. Westbrook, who underwent surgery on his ankle this past week, is questionable to return by the beginning of the regular season.

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McNabb displayed confidence in stating that, "I think Brian will be fine. Obviously, we want him to be healthy and ready to go, and I think he'll be able to do that."

Should Westbrook not be able to return in time for the regular season, second round draftee LeSean McCoy (pictured above, right side) may be looking at some early playing time.