The Cardinals didn’t think Brandon Keith was going to end up on IR after he got hurt. The man played through what turned out to be a torn hamstring. But it will be interesting to see how the line does going forward. Keith has had a bumpy first year as starter — coach Ken Whisenhunt acknowledged as much — and I’d guess, even though Whisenhunt said newcomer D’Anthony Batiste will get an RT looksee, that Jeremy Bridges will be the starter.
I know there have been plenty of people wanting Bridges to get a shot and/or Keith to be benched. Well, you get your wish. I’m not sure it changes things significantly. And Whiz made it clear Keith is this team’s right tackle for the future.
As for Donovan McNabb, the news about his contract — the true news, the details — came out today with the crucial piece of info that the Redskins owe McNabb only a $3.5 million bonus this year and then another option bonus next offseason. It means the Redskins, if they don’t like how McNabb plays the rest of the year, can cut him after the season with no problem. And even if they keep him through 2011 — say, if they draft a young QB and want a bridge guy (sound familiar?) — it still would only cost about $16 million for the two years, very affordable. The contract is also set up so that it’s unlikely McNabb stays under the current structure in 2012.
Does that mean he’ll be available? Maybe. But remember, if the Redskins dump him, that’ll be two teams in two seasons who decide he’s not a franchise guy anymore. Something to keep in mind.
Tags: Brandon Keith, D'Anthony Batiste, Donovan McNabb, Jeremy Bridges, Ken Whisenhunt
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