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“The Man” always keeping the righteous black brother down…

In his first media session since his Washington Football Team debut season ended with a 6-10 thud, Shanahan on Friday said that he and six-time Pro Bowl quarterback McNabb, for whom he gave up second- and fourth-round draft picks to acquire last April, haven’t spoken in the seven-plus weeks since the end of Washington’s season.

The coach finally talked with McNabb’s agent, Fletcher Smith, on Wednesday for 90 minutes but wouldn’t elaborate on their discussion other than to say the quarterback’s future with the Washington Football Team won’t be decided until after this April’s draft.

“I was able to address questions he had and I thought the conversation went well,” Shanahan said. “I think over the next few weeks we’ll get the chance to talk again, and then we’ll make a decision right after the draft of the direction we’ll go.”

With only McNabb and the unproven John Beck under contract at quarterback — although journeyman Rex Grossman who finished 2010 as the starter could well be back — Shanahan is believed to be strongly considering choosing quarterbacks Cam Newton of Auburn or Blaine Gabbert of Missouri with the 10th overall selection.

“I’ve watched a lot of film on Cam and he’s an unbelievable athlete,” Shanahan said. “He can make all the throws and is what you want in a quarterback. I think a lot of people will spend some time and ask what kind of a guy are we dealing with. Is it a one-year guy, or is he going to take you to the next level. Obviously though he has all the skill you’d want in a quarterback. Very talented.”

Looks like Donovan might as well pack up his house and stay in a hotel until he gets word to which team he’s going to be traded to.

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