A day after it was announced that Donovan McNabb and the Redskins agreed to a five-year, $70 million extension, further details have emerged that show the new contract may not be for as long or as much as it seems.
According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the team must decide after the 2010 season whether or not to pay the quarterback a $10 million bonus, which would trigger the remainder of the deal. If they decide not to do it, McNabb becomes an unrestricted free agent and would only be paid $3.75 million.
The contract gives the Redskins the final seven games of this season to determine if McNabb is their long-term answer at QB. If they believe he is and give him the roster bonus, his salary would increase each of the next five seasons and he would also be eligible to earn incentives for games played and playoff appearances.
The way we see it
It appears the Redskins' move was strictly for public relations purposes to quiet the talk of a QB controversy around Washington. The team can say they are committed to McNabb long-term, but still have the option of separating themselves from the player at the end of the year if they believe he isn't their quarterback of the future.
McNabb also benefits, as he will receive most of this extension or become an unrestricted free agent in a quarterback-driven league, where suitors such as the Vikings and Cardinals may be clamoring for his services.