McNabb will not seek release from Redskins after year

Donovan McNabb would like to be the quarterback of the Washington Redskins moving forward and he’s not going to seek his release from the team following the season.

But he acknowledged he’ll be handling scout team duties in practice this week as the No. 3 quarterback, and said communication would have to improve for him to remain in place.

Making his weekly radio appearance on ESPN 980 in Washington today, McNabb said he’s moved on from the firestorm created the last two weeks, while also saying he supports his agent Fletcher Smith’s strong remarks.

“Things would obviously have to change," McNabb said, according to Rick Maese of the Washington Post. "Relationships would have to be better. Conversations would have to be better."

There was heated back-and-forth debate between Smith and the Shanahans – head coach Mike Shanahan and his son Kyle Shanahan, the offensive coordinator – and McNabb has done his best to remain out of the fray.

"I support my agent and his thoughts," McNabb said, who said he is moving forward.

But is moving forward really just admitting he’s ready to move on? While the quarterback said he didn’t regret signing a contract extension in November that really doesn’t tie him to the franchise, McNabb doesn’t have any answers about his future. If the Shanahans were committed to playing him at quarterback, he wouldn’t have been put through the ringer multiple times this season.

He’s doing his best to maintain a professional approach but it’s difficult to fathom a way in which this situations works itself out longterm for him in Washington. Too much has happened for us to believe there can ever be trust between the parties again.

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