- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Quarterback Donovan McNabb’s disastrous tenure with the Washington Redskins reached its anticlimactic conclusion Wednesday night after the team reshaped its roster with a handful of player acquisitions during the day.

The Redskins added starting cornerback candidate Josh Wilson and three veteran receivers before finalizing their trade of McNabb to the Minnesota Vikings. ESPN reported the completed trade will be announced Thursday.

Washington reportedly will receive a sixth-round draft pick in 2012 and a conditional sixth-rounder in 2013. The Redskins would not confirm the trade, and McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, did not return a phone message.

McNabb “was going to come in and really help us win more games, but it didn’t work out,” special teams captain Lorenzo Alexander said. “Relationships broke down, and now he’s not here, but you can’t really focus on that.”

The Redskins moved forward by adding more players to a team that went 6-10 and finished in last place in the NFC East last year in McNabb’s only season with the club.

Washington traded second- and fourth-round draft picks for McNabb, a six-time Pro Bowler, in April 2010 and proclaimed him their franchise quarterback. However, his relationship with coach Mike Shanahan and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan frayed as McNabb’s play did not meet their expectations early on.

The Redskins agreed with Wilson, formerly of the Baltimore Ravens and University of Maryland, on a three-year deal worth $13.5 million, including a $6 million bonus. The Baltimore Sun first reported the agreement, and ESPN reported the terms.

Wilson declined comment when reached by phone.

Washington also agreed to one-year free-agent contracts with receivers Donte Stallworth and Brandon Stokley and traded defensive end Jeremy Jarmon to the Denver Broncos for receiver Jabar Gaffney. They agreed to a one-year free-agent contract with quarterback Kellen Clemens.

Wilson was the biggest acquisition as a busy day turned to night. The Redskins need a cornerback to start opposite Pro Bowler DeAngelo Hall, and incumbent Carlos Rogers is not expected to re-sign.

Wilson, 26, has nine interceptions in 42 games over the past three seasons. He injured his hamstring last season and started only nine games.

On the other side of the ball, Washington added veteran depth to a position that management clearly was unhappy with last season.

The Redskins drafted three receivers — Leonard Hankerson, Niles Paul and Aldrick Robinson — in April. By adding Gaffney (age 30), Stallworth (30) and Stokley (35), the Redskins have 14 receivers, including the unsigned rookies, entering the start of training camp Thursday.

Incumbent No. 2 receiver Anthony Armstrong welcomed Gaffney and Stallworth to the Redskins with a message posted on his Twitter account Wednesday afternoon.

“Gonna be some thick competition. Can’t wait to learn from them!!” he wrote.

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