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Just hours before their Monday night game against the Philadelphia Eagles, word leaked that the Washington Redskins had agreed to a five-year, $78 million contract extension ($40 million guaranteed) with quarterback Donovan McNabb. The move comes 15 days after Washington head coach and executive vice president Mike Shanahan benched McNabb (for Rex Grossman!) in the fourth quarter of the team's loss to the Lions, saying the quarterback lacked the "cardiovascular endurance" to lead the two-minute offense.

Twitter, understandably, was flummoxed by this latest development.

Been covering sports biz for a decade. Can't remember being more surprised over a contract than I was for McNabb's todayless than a minute ago via web

More Washington waste! Tax and spend! RT @Adam_Schefter Michael Smith reports Redskins and McNabb have agreed to $78 million extension.less than a minute ago via web

What!?! If McNabb got a 5-year, $78-million extension then everything Tea Party sez about Washington overspending is true.less than a minute ago via web

Big contract extension for McNabb. Redskins apparently didn't get memo you can no longer invest for future in DC.less than a minute ago via tGadget

Redskins still feel like the equivalent of a baseball team spending to get that 85th win.less than a minute ago via Seesmic Desktop

Imagine how much the Redskins would've paid McNabb if they really liked him.less than a minute ago via web

I can't be the only one rooting for Rex Grossman to start tonight, just to see what happens.less than a minute ago via TweetDeck

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