ST. LOUIS - SEPTEMBER 26: Donavan McNabb #5 of the Washington Redskins passes against the St. Louis Rams at the Edward Jones Dome on September 26, 2010 in St. Louis, Missouri. The Rams beat the Redskins 30-16. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
Donovan McNabb is playing out the final season of his current contract, meaning he'll be an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season if an extension isn't signed.
Redskins fans can be forgiven for being either terrified or tickled by the possibility. McNabb may be a definite upgrade over Jason Campbell -- and every other Redsksins QB of the decade, for that matter -- but he's still a 34-year-old Donovan McNabb.
Last night, he said he's 34-year-old Donovan McNabb who plans on staying put.
"[Contract] communications have been moving forward, and...my focus is on being here," McNabb said during his weekly TV show. "It will take care of itself. I want to be here in Washington. I want to be here, end my career here. And a lot of exciting things are going to happen.”
But what, he was asked, if the Redskins stay the course? The one on which they're a holding penalty from 0-3?
"Record doesn’t weigh into anything," he said. "I have said I want to be here. I think we can do a lot of good things here in Washington, this year and years to come, and I think we can do that.”
That's what he says now, of course. Bleeding Green Nation drew up the following scenario for McNabb, assuming the Redskins lose on Sunday.
You're on the team bus from Philly back to D.C. after another tough loss. You've been winning for the past decade, but you're now 1-3, and you've just lost the game you've undoubtedly been looking forward to for the past 7 months.
On top of that, you now have to face the Packers, Colts and Bears. Your team is older than dirt, you have almost no "young impact players" and therefore your team isn't likely to get much better, your wide receivers are garbage, you have no running game, you have a shaky offensive line, and your defense has been non-existent since the 3rd quarter of Week 2.
Then you start daydreaming, "Do I look good in purple?"
You also wouldn't have a second-round pick to look forward to, because it was used up on you. So who knows. That's a pretty depressing picture, and McNabb could change his mind.
But then again, why would he? He's got a family, a life built for them in a 90-minute train radius over the course of 13 years, and he's got access to Daniel Snyder's pockets. He'll probably be around until he retires.
And we're still not sure whether to be terrified or tickled by that. Either way, it could set the Redskins back a year or seven, so at least it's a familiar feeling.