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The next priority is a contract extension for McNabb, whose current deal expires at the end of the upcoming season. McNabb and Shanahan both said the quarterback has a lot left in the tank -- again citing Elway as an example -- but the coach wouldn't rule out taking a quarterback with the No. 4 overall pick in this month's draft. Given the woeful state of the offensive line, however, it would seem the Redskins would now want to target a player to protect McNabb's blind side.
Another bit of housekeeping for McNabb was a talk with his good friend Jason Campbell, the Redskins' starter for the last 3 1/2 seasons. Shanahan said the Redskins have given Campbell permission to explore a trade up to the April 22-24 draft.
"I let him know that this wasn't one of my plans, to try to come and take his spot," McNabb said. "I told him 'The sky's the limit for you. Continue to hold your head high.'"
McNabb immediately began taking part in the team's offseason conditioning program, but said he'll also take some weeks off to deal with the logistics of moving. He's less than two weeks away from his first Redskins minicamp.
"It feels like being drafted again," McNabb said. "You been selected by a new team. You're going through all the emotions of learning new plays, being with the guys, working out, so it feels like I'm about 22 again."
He laughed and added: "The body may not respond that way."
Redskins news always upstages everything sports in the nation's capital, and McNabb's signing stole much of the thunder from the Washington Nationals opening day game Monday, when President Barack Obama threw out the first pitch. Baseball commissioner Bud Selig, in town for the game, turned off his TV in disgust Monday morning when all the talk was about McNabb, and a news helicopter actually followed McNabb as he rode in a limousine from the airport to Redskins Park on Monday afternoon.
He's definitely not in Philly any more.
"That was pretty odd," McNabb said. "But I waved and I just continued to walk right in."
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