Notebook: Could McNabb still end up a Viking?

Donovan McNabb signed a contract extension early this month, but the Redskins are believed to have some easy outs if needed. What did McNabb say about his situation and his Vikings connections? Get that and other notes from Leslie Frazier's first practice day at the helm.

Donovan McNabb made it pretty clear Wednesday that he doesn't think he's coming to Minnesota after this season, despite reports that his contract would be easy for the Redskins to dump.

McNabb signed a five-year extension earlier this month, but there were conflicting reports about how much of that was guaranteed or how much it would cost the Redskins to release or trade him after this year if they wanted to go in a different direction. According to ESPN, the deal is worth between $70 million and $88.5 million with incentives.

"One of the contract's most significant points is a payment due, when the Redskins must decide whether to pay McNabb a $10 million option bonus," ESPN reported. "If they do, it would trigger the rest of the contract and make Washington liable for McNabb's $2.5 million base salary in 2011."

But the Redskins have from the beginning of the league year (typically the start of free agency) until the day after the first game of the 2011 season to make that decision, according to ESPN, and the Associated Press reported that the Redskins have the option of cutting McNabb at the of this season without owing him any further money, according to McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith.

Since McNabb was benched during a game this year and Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said his conditioning was an issue, that led to speculation that he could be available after the season.

"I know what was in my contract, and I don't kind of get caught up into that whole deal. And nor should I. I think for myself, it's just to continue to prepare and to continue to go out and play well," McNabb said. "I know that I'll be back here next year and for the next couple of years. That's the way I see it. I don't know what everybody else is kind of looking into. But like anything else that kind of involves me, what else is new?"

The question is whether the Vikings would even want McNabb. Brett Favre has said this is his last season playing, and his contract expires after this year. Tarvaris Jackson is also scheduled to be a free agent during the offseason.

Through 10 games, McNabb has 2,642 yards passing, completing 57.5 percent of his passes, has 10 touchdowns and 12 interceptions (Favre has 10 touchdowns and 17 interceptions).

Would McNabb even want to play in Minnesota?

"I never said anything to that effect. Minnesota's a great place, I know a lot of guys on the team, but that wasn't something that I was saying," McNabb said. "… I think that was just kind of reports, just because of the relationship I have with Brad (Childress) and also with (Vikings quarterbacks coach) Kevin Rogers."

Rogers coached McNabb at the University of Syracuse, so their relationship extends further back than the Childress-McNabb pair in Philadelphia.

Despite the options the Redskins have to get out their contract with McNabb, the quarterback said he is focused on his future in Washington.

"We've shown some great things this year, some things we'd love to have back. I think we're growing," McNabb said. "I enjoy the fact that they thought it was a great move and they wanted me to be here for a couple years. I look to obviously improve this team and help bring the organization back to where it was."


Brett Favre has been on the injury report most of the season, but this week he had his throwing shoulder added to ankle and foot injuries that were listed. He has also had his right elbow and chin listed at different points this season.

Favre had surgery on his throwing shoulder in May 2009 and delayed signing with the Vikings last year because of it. ESPN reported that Favre felt a "sharp pain" in his shoulder on Nov. 13, the day before the Bears game and was considering a pain-killing injection that was eventually deemed unnecessary.

Favre also said Wednesday he might have the flu.

Favre practiced on a limited basis Wednesday, which he also did last week, when he said he had his best week of practice since joining the Vikings in 2009.

In other injury news, also limited were DE Jared Allen (neck), WR Bernard Berrian (groin), S Eric Frampton (hamstring) and S Husain Abdullah (ankle).

The Redskins will be placing RB Clinton Portis on injured reserve because of a groin injury.

LB Lorenzo Alexander (hamstring), DE Jeremy Jarmon (hamstring), S LaRon Landry (Achilles), LB Rocky McIntosh (thigh) and RB Ryan Torain (hamstring) did not practice for Washington on Wednesday. WR Brandon Banks (knee), G Derrick Dockery (knee), DE Vernon Golston (elbow/groin), G Artis Hicks (thigh), WR Santana Moss (knee), C Casay Rabach (knee) and CB Carlos Rogers (hamstring) were limited.


  • Interim head coach Leslie Frazier met with some of the veteran leaders of the team after the morning walkthrough. His message? "Just to reiterate some of the things that I'm saying to the entire team. I need them to really be my spokespersons, spokespeople, in that locker room, and they will," he said. "They're solid leaders for us."

  • Frazier wanted to ramp up the practice tempo this week. "We're just going to make things game-like is probably the best way I can describe it, as much as we can," he said. "And the players expect that. We just want to get them in that mode that every practice is similar to a game and apparent in that fashion. We're going to try to make it more game-like."

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