Surprisingly, Donovan McNabb open to a return to Redskins

If you can believe this, Donovan McNabb would like to return to the Washington Redskins next season.

On the surface, his comments make about as much sense as the way the organization handled his demotion last week, and we’re not suggesting the Redskins did the wrong thing in taking a look at Rex Grossman.

"I don't want to go anywhere," McNabb said Tuesday on ESPN 980, according to the Washington Post, his first public comments since Shanahan being benched.

“I want to be here. I really do. … I don't believe in starting something and not finishing.”

Credit McNabb for not being overly emotional about his situation, but we’ve got to believe he knows that it’s in his best interest to be with a team that values him. It’s been clear for most of this season that he’s been the quarterback of the now for Mike Shanahan. Now, he’s the quarterback of the past for the coach.

"The way this whole thing went down, to me, was off," McNabb said, "and one I strongly disagreed with."

Shanahan’s son Kyle Shanahan, the team’s offensive coordinator, has wanted to look at Grossman, and it appears the former first-round pick of the Chicago Bears will start the final two games after throwing four touchdown passes in a loss at Dallas on Sunday.

"I thought we had a pretty decent relationship, one that was growing," McNabb said of the younger Shanahan. "I still feel somewhat that way."

McNabb is No. 3 on the depth chart this week, moving behind John Beck. Even if he wants to return to Washington, the belief here is he will not have that opportunity. Time to embrace a fresh start.

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