Article by D. Bandekow
The Eagles announced Thursday night that McNabb and the team had come to agreement on a "restructured" contract.
In a statement released by Eagles president Joe Banner "We are thrilled that this all worked out, He is a great football player, a great person, and someone who gives back to the community. We are lucky to have him in Philadelphia." Set to make $19.5 million over the next two years Donovan will now have a deal worth $24.5 million.
The team didn't wish to discuss the details but according to a person familiar with the negotiations A "significant" portion of McNabb's base salary for 2010 also is guaranteed, according to the source, who spoke with the AP on a condition of anonymity because terms of the deal were not released.
This should play well with McNabb's psyche and give him the chance to think only about football going into training camp.
With the talent that has been brought in around McNabb over the last two seasons, it seems as if Andy Reid and company are creating a window of opportunity for McNabb. The ball is in his court now, if he can get the Eagles to the Super Bowl and win, his career makes the Hall of Fame, if he can't... well looks like he has two years to try.
When asked about the McNabb contract situation, just hours before the news was released, Head Coach Andy Reid said "I'm not going to get into that. I stay away from those contract things. We'll just see how things go down the road here. I think everyone knows that we are very honored to have Donovan here – a lot of our players, I think the city feels that way, and surely the organization feels that way."
As to why the Eagles didn't wish to release the details of the deal? Hard to say, I imagine it would have to do with other pending contract reviews. The Eagles are usually pretty tight lipped in these situations, though the Eagles website did make it clear that Andy Reid and Donovan McNabb would be available for questions at the Nova Care Complex Friday at 10 a.m.
(Article from www.thephillyeagles.com)