McNabb’s New Deal Is Loaded With Incentives and Outs

LANDOVER, MD - NOVEMBER 15: Donovan McNabb  of the Washington Redskins looks down the line against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 15, 2010 at FedExField in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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There is less to Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb’s contract extension than we thought.

Here’s the deal. McNabb gets the full amount of $78 million if he plays every game of the 2011-2015 season. McNabb is due $3.5 million to sign the extension and a $250,000 bonus if he is active for the remaining eight games of this season.

There is a gotcha. The rest of the contract kicks in if the Redskins decide to keep McNabb in 2011. The team would then owe him a $10 million bonus and would be obligated for the balance of the contract. If the Redskins choose not to keep him, the team is free from the contract and McNabb becomes an unrestricted free agent.

The Redskins got an immediate public relations kick after universal criticism for benching McNabb in the Detroit Lions game by allowing McNabb’s agent to gush about the deal. The details are emerging from sources in the NFL Players Association as reported on ESPN.com.

As a management-oriented guy, I see the beauty of the deal from the front office’s view. McNabb is very confident that he will be a Redskin next season. The team may still be in the market for Michael Vick’s services.

Anthony Brown

About Anthony Brown

Lifelong Redskins fan and blogger about football and life since 2004. Joined MVN's Hog Heaven blog in 2005 and then moved Redskins Hog Heaven to Bolguin Network. Believes that the course of a season is pre-ordained by management decisions made during the offseason. Can occasionally be found on the This Given Sunday blog and he does guest posts.

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