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Two NFL sources say Shanahan to become Washington's next head coach.

By Mike Klis

The Denver Post

Posted: 12/18/2009 01:00:00 AM MST

Updated: 12/18/2009 09:19:52 AM MST

http://www.denverpost.com/premium/broncos/ci_14022385

Former Broncos head coach Mike Shanahan has been in discussions to become the Washington Redskins' next head coach, according to two NFL sources.

The two sides still have some issues to work through, however, before an agreement is reached. The 4-9 Redskins long have been eliminated from playoff contention and have three games remaining with coach Jim Zorn.

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder began housecleaning Wednesday with Bruce Allen replacing Vinny Cerrato as general manager. One NFL source said that when Shana-han spoke with the Buffalo Bills last month about their new front-office/coaching openings, Allen was to be included in the package there.

The Allen-Shanahan partnership appears ready to take control of the

struggling but tradition-rich franchise in the nation's capital.

Shanahan was the Broncos' coach for 14 seasons, winning back-to-back Super Bowls in the 1997-98 seasons, until he was fired after his third consecutive nonplayoff appearance last season.

Allen was Tampa Bay's GM for five seasons until he was fired after last season.

At first glance, the Redskins' GM change Wednesday seemed to hurt Shanahan's chances of becoming the head coach there because he had a close relationship with Cerrato dating to their days with the San Francisco 49ers. Allen, meanwhile, was well-connected to former coach Jon Gruden for several years in Tampa Bay.

But Allen and Shanahan also have formed a strong relationship over the years. For starters, they may have shared some horror stories of Oakland Raiders owner Al Davis. Shanahan was fired as head coach by Davis four games into the 1989 season. Allen, son of the late legendary head coach George Allen, worked in the Raiders' front office from 1995-2003.

Shanahan's son Kyle also got his NFL assistant coaching start with Allen and Gruden at Tampa Bay in 2004-05.

After the 2006 season, Mike Shanahan sent disgruntled quarterback Jake Plummer to Tampa Bay for a seventh- round draft pick (which turned out to be Peyton Hillis), even though Plummer had already announced his retirement.

Tampa Bay agreed to the deal, however, in part because Allen and Gruden thought they could talk Plummer out of retirement, but also because they could recover up to $7 million in a pro-rated signing bonus from the quarterback for retiring before the end of his contract.

Such quirky trades are never made unless the two parties have built a strong trust with one another. Plummer stayed retired and wound up reaching a settlement that forced him to write a $3.5 million check to the Bucs.

The Broncos have reason to monitor Shanahan's situation closely. After this season, he would still have two years and close to $14 million remaining on his contract with the Broncos. Should Shanahan receive a new contract as coach of the Redskins, the Broncos would receive an offset of at least a couple million dollars from what they owe their former coach.

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I did not know that the Broncos were still on the hook to pay him for 2 more yrears.

How does that change the equation? Perhpas we can get the Broncos to give us a draft pick or two to take this liability of their books?

I believe the Broncos only pay him if he doesn't coach; something like $7 Mil to sit at home. All it means is that whoever wants Shanny is going to have to make it worthwhile-at least $10 Mil or so I'd guess.

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I believe the Broncos only pay him if he doesn't coach; something like $7 Mil to sit at home. All it means is that whoever wants Shanny is going to have to make it worthwhile-at least $10 Mil or so I'd guess.

What a mess. The de facto coaching staff must be making resumes as we speak. You guys would be better off to go ahead and fire your lame duck head coach so at least the guy has an ounce of dignity left.

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What a mess. The de facto coaching staff must be making resumes as we speak. You guys would be better off to go ahead and fire your lame duck head coach so at least the guy has an ounce of dignity left.

Or he could quit if "dignity" is what he desires...or he could do like Fassel did and say that at the end of the season he will be resigning as head coach in order not to cause any more turmoil for his team since he will probably be let go anyway.

For the record, I'm not against Zorn for not doing either of these things...and I'm not saying that he should have done either of these things. I'm just saying that Zorn does NOT have to rely on ownership to save his dignity, if that's what he's after.

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I'm just saying that Zorn does NOT have to rely on ownership to save his dignity, if that's what he's after.

I'm pretty sure the $$$ is winning out over any dignity JZ has.

;)

He's probably never had such big paychecks...and, he's not about to give them up until he has to.

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I'm pretty sure the $$$ is winning out over any dignity JZ has.

;)

He's probably never had such big paychecks...and, he's not about to give them up until he has to.

Oh, definitely lol :yes:...especially if he chances losing that money if he quits instead of being fired. And I don't blame him one iota lol. He's setting his family up rather well for the near future.

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I'm pretty sure the $$$ is winning out over any dignity JZ has.

;)

He's probably never had such big paychecks...and, he's not about to give them up until he has to.

I don't blame Zorn for not quitting either. He'd be a fool to do so. I blame Snyder for making him look like a fool by having him be a lame duck coach the past month of the season. To me that's very disrespectful of Snyder and shows what kind of class he has: none!

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