Donovan McNabb’s up-and-down first season in Washington ended in his benching for the team’s final three games, a report he will ask for his release, and the expectation among many he won’t be back for another go-round.
Nothing like a just a little bit of drama.
Publicly, the Redskins aren’t saying much, but a $10 million option bonus in his contract for 2011 is clearly a point of contention for his future status in Washington. For now, nothing has changed. But McNabb told NFL Network during an interview from Super Bowl XLV — and did so with a remarkable level of political correctness — that he has to “wait and see” about his future, but does expect a meeting soon between his agent, Redskins GM Bruce Allen and coach Mike Shanahan.
McNabb was more candid when discussing the aspect of having to look over his shoulder if he does return.
“That’s a conversation you have behind closed doors,” McNabb said. “Because there’s a lot of questions that I have if I’m coming back as the starter. As a quarterback, it’s a tough situation to be in when you’re with your team, because now the team is looking to find out who is going to be in there, and now, how long is he going to be in there? It’s an unsettling situation for a quarterback to go in, to look over your shoulder.”
The writing seems to be on the wall for McNabb, who seems to understand he has everything to gain by being diplomatic given the current set of circumstances.