WASHINGTON - Donovan McNabb has figured out one way to stay in the nation's capital.
"Maybe I'll play for the Nationals," he said.
The Washington Redskins create quarterback controversies like no one else, even during a lockout. On Wednesday was about as busy as it gets, especially considering the next official team practice is on indefinite hold.
McNabb was the showcase guest at the opening of a local health center and joked about playing baseball as he discussed his latest bizarre offseason.
Rex Grossman appeared on the radio and said he "definitely" feels he'll be the starter next season, even though he's a free agent.
Both were asked about John Beck, who has been on a media blitz of sorts lately, saying he sees himself as the No. 1 - even though he hasn't played in a regular-season game since 2007.
"For someone who's so quiet and really just tries to be the best at what I do - and to be a part of the firestorm every offseason - it's amazing," McNabb said.
McNabb is still under contract, but is a Redskin in name only. His single year with Washington was troublesome. He was benched twice in a 6-10 season, and there were testy exchanges involving his agent and the team. Washington is expected to trade or release him after the lockout ends.
"No one else outside can control what happens at Redskins Park," McNabb said. "They'll make their decision and whatever decision it is, I'll keep on moving. ... It really doesn't matter to me. If I'm here, or if I'm elsewhere, I'll be fine. ... Everything that happened at the end of the year just made me stronger mentally."
Among the recent stories to add to the McNabb pile: A report by 106.7 The Fan radio alleged he refused to wear a wristband during games to help him with the plays. McNabb declined to address the issue Wednesday, but Grossman contributed a nugget or two to the intrigue in his appearance on ESPN980 radio.
"I personally don't like wearing a wristband. Some teams do it, some people like it, some quarterbacks like it, and obviously Donovan didn't like it, so he didn't want to do that," Grossman said. "I'm not sure that was a major issue. I don't think that was a big problem between him and the coaching staff."
Grossman said McNabb had a tough transition after 11 years in one system with the Eagles and that "it got a little bit strained" between McNabb and the coach staff by the end of the year.
"I think he's ready to move on, and they are too," Grossman said.