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McNabb's contract: 1-year, $5.05M

Posted by: under Vikings, NFC Updated: August 6, 2011 - 1:53 PM

MANKATO -- Donovan McNabb can see himself playing for five or six more seasons, but if that happens there is a good chance it won't be in Minnesota.

McNabb received a one-year deal from the Vikings that is worth $5.05 million, according to an NFL source.

Tom Pelissero of the 1500ESPN website reported that McNabb's deal with the Vikings includes incentives that push the maximum value of the contract to $7.25 million.

McNabb signed a five-year extension worth $70 million last season with Washington, which traded the quarterback to the Vikings last week. According to NFL sources, the option on McNabb's contract was not exercised and therefore the years 2012-2015 were voided bringing his contract down to a one-year deal.

That makes this more of a win-win for the Vikings and McNabb. If McNabb doesn't play well this season, the Vikings can let him walk away while paying a very low salary to their starting quarterback. If McNabb does play well, he will be able to shop his services on the market and the Vikings would be in a position to make Christian Ponder their starter in 2012.

These type of restructured contracts are not rare around the NFL. In fact, when the Vikings redid Berrian Berrian's contract he became eligible to test free agency after this coming season. Again, that means that if he performs well, he will be in line for a bigger pay day in 2012.

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