For the first time since 2005, the Redskins will enter training camp without any pre-camp storylines focusing around the identity or security of the starting quarterback.
(Two years ago, remember, Jason Campbell was coming back from injury. And last year, Sports Illustrated wrote that Campbell "might be under the harshest spotlight of any NFL player as training camps open across the country.")
Still, there will be quarterback questions this summer, and they'll revolve around Donovan McNabb's long-term future in Washington, and the status of his contract extension talks. GM Bruce Allen discussed that issue with Comcast SportsNet in an interview that aired on Thursday, and he seemed pretty definite about the future.
"We really haven't started [talks]," Allen said. "Donovan is so excited about this new opportunity -- the team has embraced him, our fans clearly have embraced him. We'll have plenty of time to get something done with him. We see him as part of our future. We would not have made the trade unless we see it that way, and he knows it."
"He's a mature player who knows that he's gonna be paid well, but there'll be a right time. We made a great investment in trading for him and we like the guy, we really like him as a leader on this team, and the players have really accepted him. And we think he's gonna be a great Redskin for years to come."