McNabb feels ‘young’, wants extended contract

At the age of 33, Donovan McNabb arrived at the Washington Redskins camp and told reporters he feels young, saying he has plenty of football left in him. If the veteran quarterback is right, that would be a very good thing for the Redskins.

One has to go back to 2000 to when Brad Johnson was the field general to find the last time the Redskins had such consistency at their quarterback position. When the clinically brain-dead Jeff George took over for Johnson in 2000, the wheels would be set in motion for ten years of near futility at the position.

Tony Banks, Danny Wuerffel and Shane Matthews join George on the list of the many names we badly want to forget as starting quarterbacks for this historically proud franchise. Certainly no one will be telling our grandkids about the fine job Patrick Ramsey, Mark Brunell or Jason Campbell did in D.C. either. 

That said, it makes re-signing McNabb, who has one year left on his 12-year, $115 million contract he signed in 2002 with the Eagles, a bit of a priority. We have seen the desert and we don’t want to go back!

The Redskins can bounce back in a short time with a guy like Mike Shanahan at the helm and McNabb may believe that.

The ‘Skins organization says they are working hard at getting a contract done prior to Week One which is the weekend of Sept. 12th and what is really heartening to Redskins fans is the fact he wants to be here.

In a recent interview, McNabb told NBC:

 “I want to be a Redskin. Just like I was an Eagle for years, I want to be a Redskin. I want to finish my career here. There’s a lot of exciting things that are ahead of us here, there’s a lot of talent here, and I think good things can happen here in Washington.”

Used with permission of the author.

Based in Washington, D.C. Michael Hoffman has covered D.C. sports for numerous publications and is the Washington Capitals columnist for Hoffman is also an NHL and NFL contributor to Sports Climax. 

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