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McNabb signs extension with Redskins

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By PFW staff

Updated 6:30 p.m. ET, Monday, Nov. 15, 2010

The Redskins announced Monday that they have signed QB Donovan McNabb to a contract extension. Multiple media outlets are reporting the deal is for five years and $78 million, with $40 million guaranteed. McNabb, who turns 34 on Nov. 25, is set to start his ninth game in a Washington uniform Monday night, facing off against his former team, the Eagles. The extension could be worth up to $88 million with incentives.

The six-time Pro Bowler hasn't been great this season for the 'Skins, throwing eight interceptions and only seven touchdowns. He was also at the center of a controversy after head coach Mike Shanahan removed McNabb at the end of the team's Week Eight loss to the Lions in favor of backup Rex Grossman.

Over the course of his career, the first 11 years of which were spent in Philadelphia, McNabb was one of the league's premier signalcallers, winning 64.7 percent of his games and leading his team to the NFC championship game five times in an eight-year span from 2001-08.

The way we see it

The timing of this move is odd, just hours before an important NFC East game and just weeks after McNabb's benching by Shanahan. Clearly that move was just temporary, as the coach and franchise seem to believe McNabb is their quarterback for the present and future — possibly serving as a mentor to a QB of the future down the line.

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