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McNabb starting 'new chapter' with Redskins

ASHBURN, Va. — The quarterback with the No. 5 Redskins jersey was Donovan McNabb. From everything that was said, it might have been simpler to call him John Elway II.

The six-time Pro Bowl star was formally introduced Tuesday at Redskins Park. All things being equal, he would rather be preparing for a 12th season with the Eagles, but the trade Sunday between NFC East rivals opened what he called "a new chapter in the book of Donovan."

"I've always believed in finishing where you started," McNabb said. "I think there's a lot to be said with that. … Sometimes change is better. Sometimes you're forced into change. I would have loved to (stay in Philadelphia), but it didn't happen."

Instead, he is with the Redskins and coach Mike Shanahan, and both said that trading two draft picks for a 33-year-old quarterback with a few nicks is a solid investment. They did so by repeatedly invoking Elway, who was 34 when Shanahan became coach of the Broncos in 1995.

"I'm turning 34 this year," McNabb said. "And he finished John's career with two Super Bowls. Hopefully I can continue to follow behind that."

McNabb did portray himself as fallout from a Philadelphia youth movement.

"They're rebuilding, and they're going young," he said. "So I never knew 33 years old was old, but I guess I'm too old."

The next priority is a contract extension for McNabb, whose deal expires after this season.

Report: Bucs to host ex-Bears DE Brown

TAMPA — The Bucs plan to bring in free agent defensive end Alex Brown for a visit, ESPN.com reported.

Though the Bucs have long said they're going to build through the draft and not concentrate on free agency, they aren't opposed to adding a free agent if the player fits.

Brown, recently released by the Bears, might fit the profile. He will be 31 in June, but the Bucs need depth at the position.

The former Florida standout visited the Saints on Tuesday.

Favre a grandpa: At 40, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is a grandfather. His 21-year-old daughter, Brittany, gave birth to son Parker Brett. Favre said on his Web site that he and wife Deanna are "very proud" to welcome their first grandchild.

Broncos: Quarterback Kyle Orton said acquiring Brady Quinn will make the team stronger and deeper but doesn't plan on admiring him from the sideline. And he appreciated that coach Josh McDaniels said he's still his starter. "(Quinn) coming in hasn't changed my work ethic, hasn't changed my approach to this season," Orton said. "I knew we had to get better as an offense, and there's no way we're going to do that if I'm not here."

Cardinals: Free agent safety Matt Ware re-signed, agreeing to a one-year deal.

Cowboys: Restricted free agent defensive end Marcus Spears signed his one-year tender offer for $1.226 million, and free agent linebacker Steve Octavien signed his tender.

Jets: Kicker Clint Stitser signed to compete with Nick Folk.

Lions: Unrestricted free agent cornerback Dante Wesley signed a two-year contract.

Panthers: Todd Carter signed to take over the kickoff specialist role and will receive the rookie minimum of $325,000. He will likely replace Rhys Lloyd, who signed with the Vikings.

Raiders: Free agent defensive lineman Chris Cooper signed.

Redskins: Defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth could be traded before the draft April 22, the Washington Post reported.

Texans: Free agent Neil Rackers agreed to a deal and will compete with Kris Brown, the only kicker in the team's eight seasons.

Courts: U.S. District Judge Julian Abele Cook said former Lions receiver Charles Rogers must repay $6.1 million to the team. He was suspended for substance abuse in 2005 and released in '06. The team has been trying to recoup two-thirds of his $9.1 million signing bonus.

McNabb starting 'new chapter' with Redskins 04/06/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 6, 2010 9:59pm]

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