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McNabb Feels 'Disrespected' But Wants to Return to Redskins

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(Reuters) - Benched quarterback Donovan McNabb feels the Washington Redskins "disrespected" him in demoting him last week, he said Tuesday.

"When you get in that situation, and all of a sudden you get this news a couple days before a game, you know you do feel somewhat disrespected," McNabb said on his radio show.

The comments, reported on the team's website (www.redskins.com), were McNabb's first since the former starter was benched for the remainder of the season last week.

Despite the demotion, McNabb said he would like to return to the team in 2011.

"I definitely hope so and I expressed that," the six-time Pro Bowler said. "I don't want to go anywhere."

Redskins coach Mike Shanahan, in announcing McNabb's benching, said he could not guarantee the quarterback would be back in Washington next season.

"I really wasn't looking for a guarantee," McNabb said. "I wanted to hear ... 'What are you thinking?'"

Shanahan said he wanted to take a closer look at quarterbacks Rex Grossman, an eight-year NFL veteran who will now start, and 2007 Miami Dolphins second-round draft pick John Beck.

McNabb, 34, had started every game for the Redskins (5-9) before Sunday's 33-30 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He had been traded to Washington by the Philadelphia Eagles in April.

He signed a five-year, $78 million extension with Washington last month, but the deal only guaranteed him an extra $3.5 million this year. He could be cut before next season without any additional payment.

McNabb said he expected it would be the offseason before his future with the Redskins was resolved.

(Writing by Gene Cherry in Salvo, North Carolina. Editing by Steve Ginsburg. To query or comment on this story email sportsfeedback@thomsonreuters.com)

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