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Allen: No Urgency On McNabb Contract Talks


Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said on Thursday the team has not started contract talks with quarterback Donovan McNabb.

Allen said the team's focus right now is on this weekend's mini-camp at Redskins Park.

"We know there will be a time and place to address [McNabb's contract]," Allen said during an interview with Kevin Sheehan and Thom Loverro on ESPN 980. "Right now we're focused on trying to have a good mini-camp, a healthy mini-camp and seeing what we can accomplish this weekend. There will be plenty of time to have those discussions."

Washington acquired McNabb on April 4 in a trade with the Philadelphia Eagles. The Redskins sent a 2010 second-round draft pick and a 2011 mid-round draft pick to the Eagles in exchange for McNabb.

Two days after the trade, Fletcher Smith, McNabb's agent, told's Larry Weisman that he was "optimistic something will happen" in terms of a contract extension.

McNabb, 33, is going into his 12th NFL season but the final one on his current contract.

Also during the ESPN 980 interview, Allen discussed the status of defensive lineman Albert Haynesworth and linebacker Rocky McIntosh.

Haynesworth has not been in attendance at the team's off-season activities, preferring instead to work out with a personal trainer at his home in Tennessee. He is not expected to attend this weekend's mini-camp, which is voluntary.

Allen said he expected Haynesworth to attend the team's mandatory mini-camp in mid-June.

"He wanted to work out with his personal trainer and he says that has worked for him in the past," Allen said. "He did that when he was with the Tennessee [Titans] franchise. He went back to that routine and hopefully it works out for him."

McIntosh remains a restricted free agent. He can no longer negotiate a new contract with another NFL team so his rights essentially belong to the Redskins.

"I'm sure he will sign his tender in a very short time," Allen said.

McIntosh did not attend the Redskins' first mini-camp in mid-April.

When the Redskins line up in a 3-4 defense, McIntosh is expected to move to inside linebacker, Allen said.

McIntosh has played outside linebacker--on the weak-side--in the Redskins' 4-3 defense the last four years.

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