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Updated: August 6th, 2011 1:33pm
Sources: Donovan McNabb's new deal for one year, up to $7.25 million

Sources: Donovan McNabb's new deal for one year, up to $7.25 million

by Tom Pelissero
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MANKATO, Minn. -- Donovan McNabb says he'd like to finish his career in Minnesota.

He has one year to show the Vikings he's worth keeping around.

Rewarded less than nine months ago with a five-year, $78 million extension by the Washington Redskins, McNabb agreed last week to a restructured contract with the Vikings that will pay him $5.05 million in base salary this season and make him a free agent in March, two NFL sources said on Saturday.

Incentives push the maximum value of the one-year contract to $7.25 million, a source said. The base salary figure presumably is homage to the quarterback's No. 5 jersey.

Team officials and McNabb repeatedly have refused to discuss the contract.

McNabb, 34, was due a $10 million option bonus next month in addition to $2.5 million in base salary, $750,000 in weekly roster bonuses and a $250,000 workout bonus under his old deal, which was to run through 2015. According to a source, another NFL team was willing to take on the contract, but McNabb thought Minnesota presented the better situation.

There was no chance the Vikings could take on that type of compensation, considering they had to cut three veterans (Jimmy Kennedy, Madieu Williams, Bryant McKinnie) and restructure another (Bernard Berrian) to squeeze under the salary cap by Thursday's 3 p.m. deadline.

So, they asked McNabb to accept the one-year contract as part of the trade that brought the six-time Pro Bowl selection from Washington for a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional sixth-rounder in 2013.

McNabb accepted because he wanted out of Washington and knew the Vikings likely presented his best chance to show he's worth one more multiyear deal someplace next season. The Vikings were on board with the one-year pact, too, since coach Leslie Frazier wants No. 12 overall draft pick Christian Ponder to start sooner than later.

If McNabb plays well, the Vikings could be interested in keeping him around a while longer. If McNabb struggles, as he did in his lone season in Washington, the Vikings will be looking at a potentially drastic offensive overhaul in 2012.

Among the Vikings' potential free agents after this season are five likely offensive starters: McNabb, halfback Adrian Peterson, Berrian, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe and center John Sullivan.

McNabb has said he feels he could play five or six more years. Asked last week how important it was for his renegotiated contract to be short enough for him to land elsewhere once Ponder takes over, McNabb said, "It's not about that. I want to win and I want to win here. My focus this year is to do whatever it takes to help us win. Everything else will take care of itself.

"Do I want to end my career (here)? Absolutely. So, obviously, there's going to be talks with that and everything else. I can't focus on the future. I can't focus on who is going to be where and what. I can only focus on what's going on right now, and right now, I'm a Minnesota Viking."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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