Donovan McNabb was acquired by the Washington Redskins on Easter Sunday, 2010. He has reportedly been traded to the Minnesota Vikings on July 27, 2011. Let us now sit back and remember the very brief and very eventful Washington Redskins career of Donovan McNabb.
"Donovan is an accomplished quarterback who has been a proven winner in the National Football League," Shanahan said in a news release. "I have long admired his competitiveness and feel he will be an outstanding addition to the Redskins and our community. He knows our division and the roadmap to success in the NFC East."
July 19, 2010: Inspired by the McNabb acquisition, Charles Barkley proclaims his allegiance to the Redskins.
August 11, 2010: Over at Eagles camp, a fan is asked to take off his McNabb jersey, because in their minds, he's one of them and not one of us. On the same day, a report surfaces that McNabb is struggling to pick up the Redskins' offense.
August 25, 2010: McNabb sits out the final two preseason games with an ankle injury. Some idiot tells people not to worry.
September 10, 2010: Redskins beat Cowboys! Rejoice!
September 14, 2010: McNabb and Alex Ovechkin team up in a DMV superstars commercial for Capital One. From "Ovi, go long" to "McNabb, so long."
September 17, 2010: McNabb passes for 426 yards in a loss to the Texans. He's seen as the bright spot.
October 3, 2010: McNabb and the Redskins defeat the Eagles in Philly in McNabb's return. Afterwards, he throws a little jab the Eagles' way. One year later, I think the Eagles can live with their mistake.
October 26, 2010: Struggling a bit, whispers that McNabb's injuries and contract situation are taking their toll begin to come out.
October 31, 2010: McNabb is benched for Rex Grossman before the two-minute drill against the Detroit Lions. Mike Shanahan claims that, with no timeouts, Rex Grossman gave the Redskins the best chance to win because he knew the offense better. Everyone freaks out.
November 1, 2010: Shanahan says he made the decision in part because of McNabb's "cardiovascular endurance." McNabb gives Shanahan a shovel to dig the hole deeper. McNabb's practice habits are threatened throughout the week.
November 2, 2010: McNabb tells ESPN 980 that he'll be with the Redskins next season "100 percent chance," he says.
November 15, 2010: McNabb signs an incentive-laden, five-year contract extension for $87 million with the Redskins. Noted football expert Terrell Owens bashes the move after the Redskins lose 59-28 to McNabb's former team, the Eagles, on Monday night football.
November 17, 2010: Shanahan's take on McNabb's new deal:
"Take a look at my contract, I got a five year contract and I am sure hoping that I am here in five years. I think anytime you sign a contract you are always hoping that you fulfill that contract. You don't sign contracts thinking that the person won't be here."
What a confidence-boost!
December 5, 2010: McNabb has an awful game against the Giants, throwing two interceptions and having several others dropped in a 31-7 loss.
December 15, 2010: McNabb is benched just before a game against the Cowboys. He doesn't play again all season. Players are mad, and his agent is very mad. Shanahan claims he wants to evaluate Rex Grossman and John Beck. The Cowboys are happy. The players still have McNabb's back.
December 23, 2010: McNabb's agent, Fletcher Smith, releases a statement calling the move "beyond disrespectful" and bashing the Shanahans, especially Kyle Shanahan. Kyle calls Smith's statement "disturbing."
January 3, 2011: Smith and Mike Shanahan still haven't met.
March 15, 2011: With the NFL lockout in full swing, McNabb becomes an NCAA Tournament analyst for Comcast SportsNet.
April 7, 2011: A Minnesota writer writes a story with the following lede.
May 11, 2011: Boxer Bernard Hopkins claims McNabb isn't "black" enough, or something like it.
May 12, 2011: 106.7 The Fan's "The Sports Junkies" float a rumor that McNabb refused to wear a wristband with the Redskins' plays on them because it would hurt his image. They claim owner Dan Snyder found out in a meeting with Shanahan, Bruce Allen and Smith, and that he flipped out at Shanahan the rest of the time.
May 16, 2011: One writer speculates that McNabb's career is over.
June 21, 2011: McNabb vows to have a "special" season in some really random video.
June 22, 2011: McNabb works out at the Eagles' players-only workouts, which feature four people.
Monday: The NFL lockout ends.
Tuesday: Reports surface that McNabb may be traded to the Vikings.
Wednesday night: McNabb agrees to be traded to the Vikings.
Thursday morning: The McNabb trade will be made official.
But yeah, other than that, not much happened.