Early Sunday morning, ESPN insider Adam Schefter reported that Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb will ask to be released at the end of the season.
This move should not come as a surprise, given the fact that McNabb was benched in favor of Rex Grossman just a week ago. McNabb’s reasoning is that he would like to choose the team that he will finish his career with.
Although McNabb prefers to be released, the Redskins may explore other options, such as trading the veteran quarterback. In April, the Eagles traded McNabb to the Redskins for second and fourth round draft picks. With that said, McNabb is clearly not worth that much after his subpar 2010 season, but he still produces trade value.
McNabb’s problems in Washington began in an October game against the Lions and have not stopped since the loss to Detroit. Coach Mike Shanahan substituted Rex Grossman for Donovan McNabb to run the two minute drill. Shanahan’s reasoning for the quarterback change was because McNabb did not have the “cardiovascular endurance” to run a two minute offense.
Clearly there were more reasons for McNabb’s benching than the fact that he was not in shape. Coach Mike Shanahan has shown in the second half of the season that he does not believe McNabb is the answer in Washington. The problem for Shanahan is that the Redskins do not currently have a quarterback that can lead them in the coming years.
Rex Grossman is a solid quarterback, but he tends to put up mediocre stats. Owner Daniel Snyder needs to seriously consider giving the current roster a makeover, starting with a quarterback in the 2011 draft. The Redskins will finish the season with a below .500 record, so they will be in position to be able to draft a franchise quarterback such as Andrew Luck, Ryan Mallett, or Jake Locker.
Heading into next season, the Washington Redskins will certainly not have Donovan McNabb on their roster. But, McNabb is still capable of being a solid starting quarterback in the NFL for a few years if he is given offensive help, which he did not have in Washington.