Donovan McNabb

Some quick thoughts on the McNabb deal

- The length of the contract is shocking. But since there are no guaranteed deals, it doesn’t really mean anything. What’s more shocking is the $40M guaranteed. Let’s say he plays three years in Washington (probably a more realistic length than five years), that means he gets a minimum average of $13.3M per year (which will actually end up being higher, but we won’t know how much until more details of the contract are released).

ASHURN, VA - APRIL 6: Mike Shanahan, head coach of the Washington Redskins presents Donovan McNabb with his new jersey during a press conference on April 6, 2010 at Redskin Park in Ashburn, Virginia. (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Can McNabb and Shanahan coexist? Or will Shanahan be one-and-done in Washington?

- While I was updating my mock draft this weekend (update coming tomorrow morning) I strongly considered giving Ryan Mallett to the Redskins. Mike Shanahan seemed displeased with McNabb, and I thought he would consider getting “his guy” in the draft. Mallett is a true pocket passer with a strong arm – much like Jay Cutler, who Shanahan drafted while in Denver.

- This is pure speculation, but consider this scenario… what if GM Bruce Allen inked this deal without Mike Shanahan’s blessing? Could it create bad blood between Shanahan and the front office? Could it lead to Shanahan getting out of his contract? And could it then lead to him coaching the Cowboys next season? As I said, it’s 100% pure speculation, but given Shanahan’s recent comments about McNabb’s conditioning/ability to run the offense, it would certainly seem plausible.

- [UPDATE] Apparently the original report from ESPN’s Michael Smith was incorrect. McNabb is not guaranteed $40M. In fact, he’s only guaranteed $3.5M. Oops… so basically we’re right back where we started. McNabb is under contract, but the Redskins have next to nothing invested in him. He could still easily be gone at the end of the season.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2011 NFL Draft, Broncos Comments Off

How the Donovan McNabb trade could impact the draft

We’ve heard all sorts of crazy rumors about Donovan McNabb over the past two weeks. Based on the number of trade rumors out there, it would certainly seem as though he’s headed out of Philly sooner rather than later. But rather than break down where he may end up, lets take a look at how the draft will change based on where he could land…

Philadelphia Eagles v Dallas Cowboys - Wild Card Round

McNabb doesn't want to leave, but if he does it will shake up the 1st round

If McNabb lands in St. Louis…
The most obvious repercussion of this scenario is that Sam Bradford is no longer projected as the top pick. Ndamukong Suh would likely go No. 1 overall and Gerald McCoy No. 2. Suddenly the Bucs would be on the clock with no need for a quarterback, but with a highly sought after prospect on the board. The Redskins would be holding their breath hoping no one trades up, while the Browns, Bills and possibly others would be on the phone with Tampa trying move up for Bradford. Assuming he fell to Washington, Jimmy Clausen would then fall to the Bills at No. 9. The real winner could be Eric Berry who suddenly becomes an option at No. 3 for Bucs.

If McNabb lands in Oakland…
Not much should change in this scenario, but you just never know with Al Davis. In an effort to keep McNabb happy, and around for longer than one season, Davis may decide to draft Dez Bryant. It sounds ridiculous at first thought, but it may not be such a bad idea. Heyward-Bey was a terrible selection last year, and he showed no signs of being a meaningful contributor anytime soon. Bryant has the potential to be an immediate impact receiver. Or, since Davis tends to shy away from receivers who run in the 4.5 or 4.6 range, maybe he goes way off the board for someone else. Jermaine Gresham? Golden Tate? Crazier things have happened.

If McNabb lands in Buffalo…
This may be the best scenario for McNabb, but its the worst scenario for Clausen. Assuming Bradford goes No. 1 and the Redskins take Russell Okung, Clausen could fall far. The Browns and Seahawks don’t appear to have an interest. The 49ers may be an option, but wouldn’t be a guarantee. If he slides past them at No. 17, there isn’t an obvious landing spot until the Vikings at No. 30. Its likely that someone would need to trade back into the 1st round to stop Clausen’s free fall.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2010 NFL Draft, 49ers, Bills, Browns, Eagles, Raiders, Redskins, Vikings Comments Off