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Bruce Allen On McNabb Contract Talks

Earlier this week Bruce Allen made it clear that getting first round draft pick Trent Williams signed was the priority. But many are scratching their heads about where that leaves the player with arguably the biggest potential impact on the Redskins 2010 season… veteran QB Donovan McNabb.

Allen told Comcast SportsNet via Dan Steinberg of D.C. Sports Blog:

“We really haven’t started [talks]. Donovan is so excited about this new opportunity — the team has embraced him, our fans clearly have embraced him.  We’ll have plenty of time to get something done with him. We see him as part of our future.  We would not have made the trade unless we see it that way, and he knows it.

“He’s a mature player who knows that he’s gonna be paid well, but there’ll be a right time.  We made a great investment in trading for him and we like the guy, we really like him as a leader on this team, and the players have really accepted him.  And we think he’s gonna be a great Redskin for years to come.”

Whether that means a contract will be worked out before, during, or after training camp — unfortunately we don’t know.  Allen is outspokenly confident however that Williams will be signed before camp.

By all accounts, McNabb’s commitment to the team has not appeared to suffer much even without a signed contract.  He’s still participating in OTA’s, his own brand of training camp known as “Hell Week” where he works individualy with receivers to get on the same page, and he’ll be showing up to Redskins Training Camp along with everybody else next week.  I mean, talk about being a stand up guy and a true team leader.  That’s a whole lot better than certain defensive tackles with contracts are doing.

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