Report: Redskins Considering Shanahan Extension

Head coach has two years left on contract after this season

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    The playoff-bound Redskins are considering negotiating a contract extension with head coach Mike Shanahan, according to a Washington Post report.

    Washington wrapped up its first division title since 1999 Sunday night with a 28-18 win over the Dallas Cowboys, completing a seven-game winning streak to close the regular season. The Redskins will host the Seattle Seahawks in an NFC Wild Card playoff game at 4:30 Sunday afternoon at FedEx Field

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    The Post report cites "multiple people with knowledge of the team's planning" and says that team officials are currently considering whether to do a deal this coming offseason or wait until there is a year left in the head coach's contract. Shanahan was given a five-year contract to coach the Redskins prior to the 2010 season. Exactly how much Shanahan's current contract pays him is not known, but it is believed to be $7 million per season.

    In recent weeks, much talk has centered on the job status of Shanahan's son Kyle, the Redskins offensive coordinator who is thought to be a potential candidate for an open NFL head coaching position. Mike Shanahan attempted to stop such talk at his regular Monday press conference, saying “At least my opinion, at least this is my feeling when I was an assistant, it’s not time to interview during the season. It’s time to concentrate on your job. After the season is over with, I think there’s plenty of time for all those things. That’s my gut feeling."

    “You’ve got a job to do, and you should do that first. But after the season is over, if somebody wants to interview him or something along those lines, I think it’s great opportunities for assistant coaches to interview for head coaching jobs.”