The $78 Million Apology

$178 Million invested in TWO players – they need to check this guy’s urine. 

Donovan McNabb has taken more shots than Charlie Sheen at an open bar for the better part of eleven NFL seasons and yet remains one of the game’s most respected gentlemen. While most good guys wear the white hat for McNabb seems more suited for a crown of thorns . He lacks a championship, he’s a company guy, he’s not Black enough, he smiles too much, he chokes, he’s a Momma’s Boy and the latest; his cardiovascular endurance is too poor to run the two-minute drill.

Don’t forget to add ultra-paid to that list now.

Yesterday McNabb signed a five-year extension with the Redskins totaling  $78 million with the potential to reach $88 million. Two weeks after being benched by head coach Mike Shanahan who went on to further question McNabb’s work ethic and intelligence as an NFL quarterback.

Obviously, Redskins owner Daniel Snyder feelings don’t reflect those of Shanahan and he opened his wallet to prove it. Be it his genuine sentiment or a veiled apology McNabb signed the deal in about the same time that it took the Eagles to get on the scoreboard last night.

 The most intriguing aspect of the deal seems to be guaranteed money which seems to fluctuate by the hour. Sources have McNabb receiving as much as $40 million in guaranteed money and as “little” as $10 million. No one in their right mind can blame McNabb for signing this deal, after all he’s 34 and approaching the twilight of a Hall of Fame career.

McNabb made it clear to anyone that would listen that he wanted one more big payday. Considering that he got it  just under the wire of an impending lockout in 2011 is sheer brilliance on the part of his agent Fletcher Smith. With no guarantees after that, he was going to probably see one-third or maybe less of what he signed for.

Not bad for a guy who’s coach all but called him lazy and shiftless two weeks earlier

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As witnessed last night, McNabb didn’t have one of his better nights in his second meeting with his former Eagles mates this season (17-31 for 295 yards, 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions). McNabb and the Redskins were on the sore end of a 59-28 pounding by the Eagles as McNabb protege Michael Vick put on an eye-popping performance. More on Vick later.

When the final gun sounded on the game McNabb ally and former teammate Terrell Owens took that as a signal shot out of the starters block with an indictment of Redskins ownership and McNabb’s subpar performance since signing the deal. Owens in a Twitter message said the following: “How do U justify a 78 million contract w/this type of performance?” This coming from a player who has spent his last two sseasons in football hell and purgatory living out of a suitcase. For all of Owens’ talent he won’t see a quarter of the money McNabb makes if he played 10 more seasons. I almost forgot Owens was having a career season for the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals, catching passes from Ken Anderson.

Michael Vick

The fallout from the McNabb deal only mean a bigger payday for the Colts’ Peyton Manning and the Eagles Michael Vick. It is Vick who is in prime position to return back to one of the elite players in the NFL after a two-year hiatus. Last night Vick had the type of game that you tell your grandchildren about as he threw for four touchdowns and ran for three more scores. I see the cover of Madden 12 in his immediate future.

All thanks in part to the guy in the white hat.

22 Responses to “The $78 Million Apology”

  1. Temple3 says:

    200 yards passing in one quarter with a Pop Warner squad. It’ll pay off eventually.

  2. GrandNubian says:

    “I see the cover of Madden 12 in his immediate future.”

    I hope not. He’s already been cursed by being on it in 2004.

    Hopefully 2Ksports will be allowed to develop a game using the NFL license, using Vick on the cover.

  3. Ron Glover says:

    @Temple, I think it already has. He’ll become the NFL’s biggest matyr since Y.A. Tittle

  4. Temple3 says:

    I think if he had some weapons, they’d still be playing. Those throws to Armstrong and Sellers were perfect. Peyton Manning couldn’t beat the Eagles either — and he didn’t put up 28. Without the refs, the Colts managed about 10 points.

  5. Ron Glover says:

    That one to Armstrong over the outside shoulder was on the money. And the linebacker was 6 inches too short and a second too late on the Sellers pass.

    There were some great passes last night

  6. Temple3 says:

    I didn’t see much of the second half, but Washington’s offense bogs down for several reasons. Absence of Portis as a blocker…

    Last season, the Eagles were 5th in scoring with McNabb — and around this same time of the season, they hung up 30 at half time on the New York Giants.

    Entering last night, the Eagles were 7th. Right now, they’re one single point behind the Patriots. They went from 26.8 to 28.6.

    That’s not a huge move, but it is definitely significant…particularly given the TIME that Vick has missed.

    What the Eagles will have to prove is that their defense is legitimate AND that they can run the ball against solid post-season defenses. If Vick stays healthy, he’s gonna have to tote the rock in the post-season just enough to get them over the top. Right now, they can outscore anyone.

  7. Ron Glover says:

    @Temple the poor tackling by the defense as a whole is scary, the secondary can cover but they get handled in the physicality dept. While I’m confident in the pass rush, all other facets of the D scare the hell out of me.

  8. Temple3 says:

    That’s why fans need to be cautiously optimistic about all of this. The Broncos were smoked by the Raiders, then turned around and returned the favor to KC. The Patriots were demolished by the Browns and did it to the Steelers — who did it to the Browns.

    The season doesn’t end in Week 10. There is still a bunch of football to be played — and there are teams that match up very well with the Eagles. Philadelphia still has 4 games left with the Giants and Dallas. They also have Minnesota and Chicago.

    They could win all 6, but they could beat up along the way. Pittsburgh isn’t nearly as healthy as they were a month ago before playing Miami, New Orleans, Cincinnati and New England. The Colts aren’t the same team either. So, there is a long way to go.

    This city of delusional fans should enjoy it because unless that defense steps up and Reid decides to let Harrison and McCoy do work, they’re probably gonna get disappointed. For the record, I’d love to see Vick do it all because this was what he was SUPPOSED to do.

  9. Temple3 says:

    Meanwhile:

    “Reggie Wayne caught three passes for 34 yards, joining former teammate Marvin Harrison as the only players in league history to top the 10,000-yard receiving mark with one quarterback.”

    Then there’s this:

    http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/2010110709/2010/REG9/colts@eagles#tab:analyze/analyze-channels:cat-post-boxscore

    Not everyone has great games against the Eagles these days — not even Peyton Manning.

  10. GrandNubian says:

    Just got word that the Steelers cut Jeff Reed.

  11. Origin says:

    RG – I think the contract was a deal reached between the two parties to have a clean divorce if this thing goes south (which it already looks like its going). From what I read on ESPN (and I can’t always be sure with them because they lie). The deal gives Washington the ability to cut (which they will not do) Mcnabb at the end of the season and only owe him 3.5 mill.

    So in the end Mcnabb looked out for Washington….by signing the contract yesterday so that part of the bonus could be allocated to this year since there is no salary cap (yesterday was the last day to do this). Washington doesn’t have to franchise him saving them at least 6 mill next year. And if he left them next year the team would have had to tag him in order to get a compensation pick. Plus there is no PR hit on Shanahan and Washington for letting him up and leave like Jason Taylor. Washington looked out for Mcnabb by having 25 mill of the contract guaranteed in case he has a serious injury this season. And boy does he need it playing behind the worst OL in the NFL.

    With Washington having so many holes and very few draft picks it is possible that they move Mcnabb and Haynesworth at the end of the season…..they could get at least a 3rd and 4th for both. It will just take too long to get enough help on that team for Mcnabb to have success. Just on the offensive end they need a RB, C, 2 Gs, RT and probably 2 WRs.

    You have teams like Cardinals, Minnesota (I still don’t believe Wilf will fire Chilly and eat 16 mill of his contract) and maybe SF who may be willing to give up a pick for Mcnabb.

    Looking at this and how frugal Washington has become with Shanahan and Allen I just can’t see them buying free agents and putting talent around Mcnabb. Who knows maybe I am wrong and Mcnabb will play there for years until he gets cut or retires. He is the perfect scapegoat for Shanahan. He could neglect many parts of the team and it wouldn’t matter because Mcnabb would get all the blame. I mean heck isn’t that the same thing that happened in Philly. If this is his final stop before retirement it will be very sad to see him go out like this. And I thought when he played with NaNa Brown and Darnell Autry it couldn’t get any worse………boy was I wrong.

    @ Temple – You are totally right about the Eagles………if they make a run in the playoffs (which I expect). I believe it will end in the Conf Championship game. Vick will have to have a superman performance (Like Mcnabb had to do so many years in Philly) in order for them to go to the Superbowl and win. That is the only way to cover up the miscues and bone headed play calling by Reid. His neglect of the running game and stopping the run will always catch up with Reid. But the blame will fall on Vick’s shoulders because he wasn’t superman for every game of the playoffs.

    And is it me or do the WRs on Washington except Moss go down with the slightest touch. I swear Armstrong, Galloway and Williams can’t break an arm tackle to save their life. Another side not you guys realized that Washington only have one RB dressed last night the other 2 backs were FBs. So you have a coach in Shanahan who knew his top rusher had a pulled hamstring coming into the game yet he didn’t activate a RB from the practice squad just in case his starting RB hamstring flared up. Man Shanahan is an idiot!!!

  12. Temple3 says:

    That’s good because he was first on my list of things to fix from last year. He improved his kickoffs, but something is up with him this year. I don’t know if he’s drinking too damn much or what, but that’s gonna be a problem. No one can kick in that stadium.

    They better start looking for big legged guys hanging out in the seedy part of town who don’t give a damn. A regular guy isn’t gonna work.

  13. GrandNubian says:

    They signed Shaun Sushiam. I don’t think this is an upgrade overall, but at least on kickoffs.

    I expect them to draft a kicker in next year’s draft.

  14. HarveyDent says:

    This just in: Terrell Owens is a bitch-made punk

    That is all

  15. Miranda says:

    LMAO……..he just needs a hug HD, that’s all.

  16. CAvard says:

    *** I almost forgot Owens was having a career season for the AFC North-leading Cincinnati Bengals, catching passes from Ken Anderson. ***

    That was a good one, Ron. I laughed at that.

  17. HarveyDent says:

    He needs to man da hell up and maybe get engaged like Ocho…maybe he’s the one’s quacking like a duck instead of Garcia

  18. Miranda says:

    I did hear about Rickey Smiley going off….the Stews questioned some of the ”””’ummmm……. media too. Seems like some sports pundits getting upset with MV7, he’s not fulfilling their prophecy.

    http://dimewars.com/Blog/Michael-Vick-Scores-6-Touch-Downs–Still-Snubbed-by-White-Media.aspx?BlogID=91d35d8b-d2af-48ac-9b73-602c4098e5f9

  19. Origin says:

    Yeah Harvey TO is a punk………with his cooning self.

    Miranda I have to always give it to Ricky Smiley he does not pull punches when he calls out folks in the media.

    Also this just in……….the Trail Blazers are cursed. Man Oden is this generations Sam Bowie…….dude is out for the year with knee surgery.

  20. TC says:

    Best sports story for a long time. I truly wonder what Fletcher Smith knows about Dan Snyder’s personal life to secure a deal like this for a 34 year old QB. That said, I’m happy for Dude In The White Hat. I don’t think ANYONE deserves $78 million playing sports, but I ain’t gonna begrudge #5 that. And Terrell Owens? Hey, keep tweeting! The world is (not) watching! Ha ha ha ha ha

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