Mike Shanahan Would Take Donovan McNabb As a Backup Next Season
Make no mistake about it — Donovan McNabb is not going to be a Washington Redskin next season. That does not, however, mean the offer isn’t on the table. McNabb has been openly frustrated about Mike Shanahan’s decision to bench him in favor of Rex Grossman, but Shanahan told The Washington Post he would welcome McNabb back next season — as a backup.
That would be the day. To backtrack a bit, the Redskins have gone from offering McNabb a massive contract extension which was comparable to Tom Brady’s, to offering him a role on the bench next season. Donovan may not be in the best shape of his career nor in his prime, but he is still a very capable NFL starter if utilized the right way.
Shanahan acknowledge that he doubts McNabb staying on board as a backup quarterback is a possibility, but I don’t think there was any need to say it in the first place. For one thing, it’s insulting to a guy who has been one of the better quarterbacks in the league this decade and has led teams to a number of significant playoff victories. On the other hand, it limits McNabb’s trade value.
The Redskins gave up draft picks to acquire McNabb in what appeared to be a franchise-altering deal. Now, Shanahan is openly informing other teams that he has no place on the team next year, effectively forfeiting any leverage he may have had on the trade market.