With the Redskins and one other team pursuing Mike Shanahan to become the next head coach of franchises that currently have one, the only team without a non-interim head coach continues to be interested in retaining his services.
We’re told that the Bills still have an offer on the table for Shanahan, even if he has no interest in accepting it.
The Bills have been rebuffed by Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher, and Jon Gruden. But that doesn’t mean Shanahan was the fourth choice. Instead, the Bills apparently went after multiple coaches simultaneously in the hopes of generating serious interest from at least one of them.
In Buffalo, money could be one of the issues that has kept the team from attracting a big name. When it comes to Shanahan, Denver’s right to a dollar-for-dollar offset of the $7 million he’s owed in 2010 and $7 million in 2011 means that Shanahan needs to be paid more than $7 million by his new team in order to make working worth his while.
Really, if the choices are to receive $14 million to sit in his 35,000-square foot mansion over the next two years or $14 million to jump back into the every-waking-moment grind of being an NFL head coach, it’d be hard to pick door No. 2.