Less than two weeks after being benched for the final drive against Detroit, and just hours before tonight's game against the Eagles at FedEx Field, Donovan McNabb has been re-signed by the Redskins to a five-year, $78 million contract extension, according to ESPN's Michael Smith.
It's a stunning turn of events for the 34-year-old quarterback, whose benching on the final series against the Lions created a firestorm of controversy in Washington. Head coach Mike Shanahan's admittedly "clumsy" explanations about why McNabb was benched - which ranged from his lack of familiarity with the team's two-minute offense to concerns about his cardiovascular conditioning - were apparently no impediment to the team extending the quarterback's contract.
Should be very interesting to see how this one plays out, especially in light of McNabb's sluggish start this season. In the Redskins' 4-4 start, McNabb has just seven touchdowns and eight interceptions and a 76.0 rating.
He goes against his old Eagles team tonight. McNabb beat the Redskins in an earlier game in Philadelphia.