Odds Are That Donovan McNabb Won’t Be In Washington Next Year

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 05: Donovan McNabb  of the Washington Redskins looks on against the New York Giants on December 5, 2010 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Everyone but Donovan McNabb knows that. Leave it to the sports books to give you odds on Donovan’s next moves. If he were a betting man, D-Mac could pick up some easy cash, because he’s going to need it. Being demoted to third-string quarterback will cost McNabb $62,500 in the next two weeks.

Of course, Donovan betting on where he signs his next contract, then influencing the outcome of the wager would violate about a thousand NFL rules and probably federal law. Note to McNabb, the NFL attorney who investigated your buddy Michael Vick’s interstate gambling enterprise was Eric Holder, now the Attorney General of the United States. That makes Holder the boss of those U.S. Attorneys who prosecuted Vick when the Commnwealth Attorney in Virginia was slow to do so.

So, if you are reading this, Donovan, look away now. Go to a Wizards game, or something.

The rest of us can look at the odds for where McNabb goes next as set by online sports book bodog.com.

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Starting QB for the Redskins 7/1
Starting QB for the Vikings 5/2
Starting QB for the Cardinals 4/1
Starting QB for the 49ers 15/2
Starting QB for any Other NFL Team  3/2
Back-up QB for any NFL Team 7/2
Not on an NFL Roster 15/1


Sports books assign the lowest odds for the most probable outcome. If I read this right, Bodog guesses that McNabb will be a starter anywhere but Washington, with the Cardinals or Vikings the most likely destinations. (Don’t think Philadelphia falls under “any other team.”) Bodog.com sees the possibility that McNabb will be a back-up somewhere, but think it unlikely that McNabb will be out of football.

The Shanahans have shown themselves to be insensitive clods in their dealings with players. That’s no crime in the world of male sports. But this is threatening to spin out of control like Brett Favre’s departure from the Green Bay Packers.

If the Redskins are going to part ways with McNabb, I hope they do it with class and allow the man some dignity. That means moving or releasing McNabb by the start of the next NFL year (March 2011, I hope) so that he can go through the OTAs, mini-camps and full training camp with his next team. It also means that Mike Shanahan cuts off the underground sniping about McNabb’s talent, intelligence, health, practice habits and [fill in the blank] that has already begun.

Philadelphia managed to do that. The Eagles showed a higher class of disrespect to Donovan than McNabb’s agent says the Redskins have shown. Washington’s front office has yet to prove they can do a better job than the Iggles to build a winner. Surely they can match them in how they say good-bye to McNabb.

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Anthony Brown

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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.