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Donovan McNabb says he deserves Hall of Fame just like Troy Aikman

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Donovan McNabb says he deserves Hall of Fame just like Troy Aikman

Troy Aikman got into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the first ballot in 2006.

Former Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb has never even been a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame in the 12 years since he retired. But he believes he should already have a bust in Canton.

“I am a hall of famer. My numbers speak for themselves,” McNabb told TMZ this week. “My numbers are better than Troy Aikman.”

McNabb is not totally wrong: McNabb finished his career with 37,276 passing yards, 234 passing touchdowns and 117 career interceptions. Aikman had 32,942 yards, 165 TDs and 141 INTs. McNabb had an 85.6 QB rating compared to 81.6 for Aikman.

But the two numbers that set them apart are three and zero. Aikman has three Super Bowl victories under his belt, and McNabb has zero.

Aikman played twelve consecutive seasons as the starter for the Dallas Cowboys and was a six-time Pro Bowl selection, led the team to three Super Bowl victories and was the MVP of Super Bowl XXVII.

McNabb has never been an NFL MVP, and he has never won a Super Bowl. So though McNabb's stats are better in some respects, there's a reason why he has never been a first-ballot choice to become a Hall of Famer.


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Redskins Free Agent Targets: Justin Simmons

Redskins Free Agent Targets: Justin Simmons

NBC Sports Washington is taking a long look at potential free agents that could help the Redskins in 2020. 

Denver Broncos safety Justin Simmons
2016 third-round pick by Denver
Unrestricted free agent
6-foot-2 | 202 lbs. | 26 years old

The Redskins desperately need a free safety to pair with Landon Collins, Washington's prized free-agent acquisition from a year ago.

Could Justin Simmons fill that void?

The Denver Broncos safety is not only the best safety on the market, but one of the best free agents available in general. A second-team All-Pro selection in 2019, Simmons put together his best season to date in the final year of his rookie deal.

Simmons has been a starter since 2017 and has only missed three games in the past three seasons. He's one of the best defensive players and one of the most durable at his position.

The Broncos would certainly like to keep Simmons, who blossomed into one of their best players a season ago. If the two cannot come to a long-term contract agreement by March 10, the Broncos could place the franchise tag on Simmons. 

The 26-year-old recently told the media he has not decided whether he would show up to training camp or offseason workouts under the tag.

Simmons would be an ideal fit in Washington, but the question remains if the Redskins could afford him. The 26-year-old could likely sign a contract equal to, if not more, than the contracts that Kevin Byard, Eddie Jackson and Earl Thomas all earned in the past year. All three inked deals with an AAV over $12 million. 

Other options the Redskins could explore at safety that may be less expensive than Simmons are Anthony Harris or Tre Boston. Regardless, the Redskins will need to address the position this offseason.

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Questions facing Ron Rivera: How to fix the Trent Williams situation?

Questions facing Ron Rivera: How to fix the Trent Williams situation?

Ron Rivera already proved he can be decisive. It happened quickly, if there was a question, when Rivera released veterans Josh Norman and Paul Richardson last week. 

Being honest though, considering the salaries and the production, those decisions were easy. What to do with Trent Williams isn't.

The Redskins seven-time Pro Bowl left tackle didn't play a snap in 2019, holding out from the organization due to medical concerns and a lack of trust with the team's leadership. Well, Rivera overhauled the medical staff and Bruce Allen is gone, so two of Williams' concerns have been removed. 

Still, guaranteed money remains. And it's not an easy answer. 

Williams stands to make about $15 million this season, but none of it is guaranteed. That means if an injury happens, and Williams will turn 32 in July, Washington could get out of paying anything, which is unacceptable to the tackle. 

The good news is Rivera has made progress with Williams; the men have talked and an in-person meeting could be in the works. 

The options going forward, however, aren't as simple. 

Could Williams come back and just play on his 2020 contract? Sure, but without additional guarantees, don't expect it. 

Could Williams get a new deal, an extension, or more guarantees for this year? Sure, but Rivera might hesitate. Williams hasn't played a full 16-game season since 2013 and has battled a bevy of injuries. Does it make sense to extend a 32-year-old tackle, even one as good as Williams? That's not an easy answer when the salary would probably be at least $15 million a season. 

Could Williams get traded? Sure, but Washington will never get equal value back on Williams.

The Redskins made a dramatic mistake last year by not trading Williams when it was obvious his holdout was very serious. Washington could have dealt a Pro Bowl left tackle with two years left on his contract to a number of desperate teams. The Browns publicly admitted they wanted Williams and former Redskins team president Bruce Allen wouldn't take the call. Even six weeks into the year when Williams had not reported, Allen refused to talk about a trade.

With one year left on his deal, Williams' trade value has changed. He might not command a first-round pick, and without a first-rounder, is it really worth trading a Pro Bowler?

Rivera comes to Washington with an outstanding reputation for dealing with players. His best play with Williams might be to simply level with the player that felt mistreated. 

The Redskins need Williams back on the field to protect young quarterback Dwayne Haskins and revitalize their run game. Williams is one of, if not the, best tackles in football. The team is better with him suited up on Sundays. 

How to get it done is tricky, but perhaps Rivera can offer more guarantees this year to get Williams back in the building. From there, maybe an extension is possible. Or maybe not.

Washington can't look at Williams' situation in simple terms. The team needs to show a commitment to their best players and fixing previously screwed up situations. That would show a real change in the organization. 

Whatever happens - even if it is a trade - Rivera made real progress by simply engaging Williams. Ideally, there is a real fix on the horizon, but if nothing else, the Redskins can't allow the Williams situation to drag out for the whole 2020 season and be a dark cloud over the team like it was in 2019. 

It appears that is already on a better plane than last year. 

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