The Redskins of late have been prone to making high dollar deals that haven’t quite panned out. Maybe the front office should have waited until after the Eagles game before offering up a massive $40 million guaranteed, $78 million, five-year mega-contract extension. Such an extension will keep McNabb, who turns 34 this month, in burgundy and gold likely for the rest of his career.
I have long been suspect of McNabb. I admit he is a great talent, yet I greeted his arrival in Washington with trepidation. At first I was excited. Not only had we been gifted with a great coach, but now a great quarterback as well. However, the ugly truth lurked in the back of my mind. Donovan McNabb is injury prone. By saying that, I’m beating a dead horse into the ground. It comes as no surprise that McNabb would be so willing to sign a massive contract extension. He knows he is playing on borrowed time.
This hits at a topic that I have long criticized the Redskins about; draft picks. Though the Skins offensive line is suspect and in need of significant bolstering, I disagreed with drafting Trent Williams. This, in my opinion, has been the year of the rookie quarterback. You’ve got Sam Bradford, Tim Tebow and Colt McCoy out there doing great things along with prior draftees Mark Sanchez and Matthews Stafford. All of these young leaders have made instant impacts on their prospective teams and in some cases have been responsible for turning their team around single-handedly. The Redskins could have had almost anyone of those players and I think they all would have been well suited for the job.
The Redskins elected to take experience over youth though. Instead of a player they could mold, one who could be the face of the franchise, the Skins took another team’s franchise player. I have my doubts. I will root for McNabb as he is a Redskins, and I wish him the best. However tonight I just offer one word of caution and a warning. Donovan McNabb better do something magical to justify being offered Micronesia’s gross domestic product. When cornered, Redskins fans can be just as unforgiving as Eagles fans; a reality McNabb understands all too well.