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McNabb Gets 5-Year, $78 Million Extension Before Redskins' 31-Point Loss

Washington Redskins quarterback Donovan McNabb signed a contract extension that may be worth as much as $88 million ahead of last night’s 31-point loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.

McNabb, 33, threw three interceptions as the Redskins were routed at home 59-28 by his former team. McNabb was traded to Washington during the offseason after spending his first 11 National Football League seasons with the Eagles.

McNabb, who was benched in the closing minutes of an Oct. 31 loss in Detroit, received a five-year extension worth $78 million, ESPN reported on its website. The contract includes $40 million in guaranteed money and could be worth as much as $88 million, ESPN.com said, citing an unidentified person with knowledge of the agreement.

“I guess that’s one question I don’t have to answer anymore, but I’m embarrassed,” McNabb said at a news conference when asked about his contract. “The way the (game) just snowballed was just an embarrassment.”

McNabb had 295 passing yards and two touchdowns last night against the Eagles, yet one of his interceptions was returned 40 yards for a touchdown and the Redskins’ offense was 0-for-10 on third-down opportunities.

Washington, which trailed 35-0 after the opening play of the second quarter, fell to 4-5 on the season.

McNabb has 11 interceptions overall, two short of his career high set in 2000. A six-time Pro Bowl selection, McNabb has 225 touchdown passes and 111 interceptions over 12 seasons.

“When we made the trade for him, we understood what we were getting,” Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen said in a statement before last night’s game. “We’re pleased with the leadership that he brings and we believe he can help us win.”

McNabb was benched in favor of Rex Grossman during the Redskins’ previous game, a 37-25 loss to the Detroit Lions. Washington coach Mike Shanahan later questioned McNabb’s fitness and knowledge of the team’s two minute offense in explaining the switch.

It was the second time in his career that McNabb had been benched during a game. Shanahan said he didn’t consider taking McNabb out last night.

“The contract is great,” McNabb said. “I’ve always said I wanted to be here and I look forward to being here for more years, but I can only focus on the present time. I’m looking forward to moving on (from the Eagles’ loss.)”

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Michael Sillup at msillup@bloomberg.net.

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