Donovan McNabb wants to retire a Redskin, according to his agent Fletcher Smith. The former Eagle signed a 5-year contract extension today, reportedly worth $78 million. McNabb spent 11 years in Philadelphia, guiding the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl, a loss to the New England Patriots. McNabb was a six-time Pro Bowler in Philadelphia.
“[McNabb] said he loved it here,” Smith said. “He loves his teammates, he loves the city, he loves the fans. The fans have embraced him and the organization as well.”
“He’s always said he wanted to retire here after the trade, so he still feels that way,” Smith added.
The extension came in the wake of two weeks of talk about McNabb’s benching at the end of a 37-25 loss to the Detroit Lions in favor of Rex Grossman. McNabb has completed just over 57 percent of his passes for 1,971 yards, 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions halfway through his first season in Washington. His 76.0 quarterback rating is the lowest since his rookie year in 1999.
The new contract keeps McNabb a Redskin past his 39th birthday and includes $40 million guaranteed. To put the contract in perspective, Tom Brady’s last extension was for five years and $78.5 million with around $48 million guaranteed. Brady is widely considered one of the top three quarterbacks in the league.
When asked why McNabb didn’t consider testing the free agent market, Smith pointed out the uncertainty that surrounds going to a new team. “You never know what you’re going to get in Minnesota or in Arizona from an organizational standpoint or with the team,” Smith said. “I’m not in the locker room, but just based on what Donovan said this is a close knit group of guys.”
McNabb was traded from Philadelphia to Washington on Easter Sunday this year, with just one year remaining on his contract. In return, the Eagles received a second round pick and a conditional third or fourth round pick in 2011.
McNabb was a six-time Pro Bowler and took the Eagles to five NFC Championship Games and one Super Bowl, which Philadelphia lost to New England. McNabb holds virtually every Eagles franchise record for a quarterback, including wins, passing yards and passing touchdowns.
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