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Shanahan on track to make more than $50 million from Redskins

Some league insiders believe that free-agent coach Mike Shanahan would like to get another suitor to the table in order to drive up his leverage with the Redskins.

But even if he can’t shake any other team out of the bushes, we’re told that Shanahan will still make more than $50 million under the deal that the Redskins have ready for Shanahan’s signature.

We assume it’s a five-year contract, with an average salary in excess of $10 million per year.

It remains to be seen whether and to what extent Shanahan will keep any of the $7 million he’s due to be paid in 2010 and 2011 by the Broncos.  One league source recently told us that the Broncos might not be entitled to a full dollar-for-dollar offset, which means that Shanahan would keep some of the money from the Broncos, along with the $10 million from the Redskins.

The Redskins deal, if ultimately accepted by Shanahan, will make him the highest-paid coach in NFL history.  Former Seahawks coach Mike Holmgren received an average salary in the range of $7.5 million to $8.5 million in his final years in Seattle.

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65 Responses to “Shanahan on track to make more than $50 million from Redskins”
  1. Dynamohum says: Jan 1, 2010 9:28 PM

    Is that in Dollars or Cheese?

  2. redskinchip says: Jan 1, 2010 9:28 PM

    He’s worth it if Snyder gives him and Bruce Allen full power over football decisions if not it’s a waste of money

  3. mustbechris says: Jan 1, 2010 9:31 PM

    When was the last time this guy won a Super Bowl again? Dan Snyder defines the word “incompetent”.

  4. just_a_cigar says: Jan 1, 2010 9:33 PM

    Why are people so obsessed with this guy? He won two Super Bowls thanks to a Hall of Fame QB, illegal cut blocks and salary cap violations. He has done nothing since then. How long can he live off that?
    He is damn sure not worth $10 million per year.

  5. danielcp0303 says: Jan 1, 2010 9:36 PM

    This is another example of why the Redskins will stay at the bottom of the NFL. Life is good.

  6. chunky soupy sales says: Jan 1, 2010 9:37 PM

    The NFL wants to control escalating salaries and guys like Dan Snyder continues to be allowed to run unsupervised through the candy store.
    Oh well, this will end up being another Snyder overspending fail anyway.
    Because they always trick little Danny into buying the old stale candy that needs throwing out for double the price.

  7. Skinshokiefan says: Jan 1, 2010 9:40 PM

    Hey Mike
    Is all your Redskins info from extremeskins.com now?

  8. steelerfan9598 says: Jan 1, 2010 9:40 PM

    Not bad for a guy who choked his way out of Denver.

  9. Rasputin says: Jan 1, 2010 9:42 PM

    Orange Mike is a good coach who, hopefully, now sees that he’s a good coach and not a good General Manager as well. If he can stick to running the team the ‘Skins might stop sucking.

  10. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 1, 2010 9:44 PM

    I honestly feel bad for Redskin fans. It must be the hardest thing ever to continue to root for a team with the absolute worse owner in the history of sports. Allen was a good decision but Shanahan? For this price? He will win 4 games next season.

  11. sunflower100 says: Jan 1, 2010 9:45 PM

    I think Shannan can fix the redskins offense which is what the the main issue the Redskins have. The problem is that Shannan’s defenses had problems the last several years of his years in Denver. He needs to have help running the Redskins defense or he is just going to be another high profile mistake for the Redskins.

  12. JaggedMark says: Jan 1, 2010 9:45 PM

    Sounds like the PFT crew broke out the “extra special holiday candy”.
    Shanahan isn’t going to get in excess of 10 million per year, as you wrote.
    Put the pipe down fellas, or at least pass it over.

  13. VonClausewitz says: Jan 1, 2010 9:48 PM

    What will be even more impressive is if Snyder has one of his “moments” and decides to can Shanahan for failing to meet expectations (whilst under Synder’s completely non-invasive style of ownership lol), leaving Shanahan one of the highest paid coaches in the league who isn’t actually working. Now that would be an accomplishment worthy of high praise. And I for one hope this deal goes through for the statistically probable likelihood of that trainwreck happening in all its beautiful Schottenfreudic glory.

  14. tHe_KiNg says: Jan 1, 2010 9:48 PM

    All the high priced UFAs and coaches Danny Boy has signed over the years have worked out so well in the past that this can’t possibly miss!

  15. slipkid says: Jan 1, 2010 9:50 PM

    texans rumor = leverage

  16. Ravens Macg says: Jan 1, 2010 9:53 PM

    Lil danny strikes again. Now that little shit is driving up the payroll scale for coaches. I feel sorry for skin fans as they will pay the increase in ticket prices.

  17. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Jan 1, 2010 9:54 PM

    Is Elway coming out of retirement to join him? W/O Elway, this hasn’t done anything. You can have him Snyder.

  18. dead money says: Jan 1, 2010 9:54 PM

    Snyder is such a tool… Always looking for a shortcut. I’m disgraced to be a skins fan if they pay anyone $10mil to coach that band of losers. Any coach could succeed with a well built team with quality players. OK maybe not Jim Zorn or Steve Spurrier but we’ll never know.

  19. DC Vikings Fan says: Jan 1, 2010 9:54 PM

    Another has-been will get some Snyder money.

  20. dead money says: Jan 1, 2010 9:55 PM

    Snyder is such a tool… Always looking for a shortcut. I’m disgraced to be a skins fan if they pay anyone $10mil to coach that band of losers. Any coach could succeed with a well built team with quality players. OK maybe not Jim Zorn or Steve Spurrier but we’ll never know.

  21. Tdk24 says: Jan 1, 2010 9:56 PM

    50 million in rat food for Shanarat.

  22. wydok says: Jan 1, 2010 9:59 PM

    I’ll laugh when Shanahan doesn’t sign.

  23. zllabnkcoc says: Jan 1, 2010 9:59 PM

    They paid Albert Haynesworth aswell. What has he done?

  24. speedy1383 says: Jan 1, 2010 10:01 PM

    If I was the Skins, I would have gone after Cowher a lot harder than Shanahan. Shanahan has won a grand total of 1 playoff games since Big Teeth retired. Cowher has won with the likes of Tommy Maddox, Neil O’Donnell and Kordell Stewart at QB. The guy can coach.
    It will be interesting to see what Shanahan does with Campbell. I would guess that Campbell would be gone. Campbell would be more suited for a vertical type of offense. Campbell is actually a QB that Al Davis should covet.

  25. EskinSux says: Jan 1, 2010 10:03 PM

    LOL…..50 million……..I guess Jimmy Johnson should get in the mix and ask for 100 million……This jackass would pay it……unreal

  26. Panama says: Jan 1, 2010 10:06 PM

    I don’t know if this was addressed in another post, but couldn’t the Redskins structure the 50 million dollar contract to pay $1 in years 2010 and 2011 and then 16 million, 17 million and 17 million in the last 3 years (or something along those lines)? It seems like this would be a way for Shanahan to maximize the dollars to him as well as screwing over Pat Bowlen. I believe he is still friendly with Bowlen so he might not want to do this.
    Any reason why this wouldn’t work? Is it taken as a yearly average and not actual dollars payed that year? Also, why wouldn’t his salary offset dollar for dollar?

  27. filthymcnasty says: Jan 1, 2010 10:08 PM

    Florio, what’s up man?
    Snyder needs to cut the check and then sit on his hands. And give himself a stranger. At least once a day…right before he gets the itch to fire someone.
    And they might be ok.

  28. cpizz says: Jan 1, 2010 10:10 PM

    I’ve been a skins fan all my life. I KNOW anything that little midget does will turn to sh$t. Worst.Owner.Ever.

  29. Sober says: Jan 1, 2010 10:33 PM

    Again shows how stupid Synder is. Money does not equal greatness.

  30. Orange&Blue says: Jan 1, 2010 10:43 PM

    JunkYardDogg1156 says:
    January 1, 2010 9:54 PM
    Is Elway coming out of retirement to join him? W/O Elway, this hasn’t done anything. You can have him Snyder.
    And w/o Brady, Belichek hasn’t done anything. w/o Montana, Walsh didn’t do anything. And so on. Look, the guy has two rings. He’s been there. Most teams would kill for a guy with that experience. That’s why he’s coveted. If you don’t understand that, I don’t know what to tell you.

  31. NFLJunkie says: Jan 1, 2010 11:07 PM

    Hey Florio, will you pick the Skins again to go to the Super Bowl next year if they hire Fake-Tan Mike?
    Put your bias and your pipe aside you wig wearing fool. The Skins aren’t going anywhere anytime soon.

  32. stnmmc says: Jan 1, 2010 11:21 PM

    We have so many pressing social and labor issues in this country, can we please stop spending so much money on athletes, coaches, and other celebrities.
    As long as we continue to ignore the other problems and keep ourselves occupied the trouble will brew. These people do great things, but compared to the work of doctors it is so minimal, but we do not celebrate those who save and change lives, which is a sad commentary about us.
    There once was a civilization who worshipped the “athletes” of their time, and allowed their great civilization to slip and eventually fail, and I fear that we are repeating the same mistakes. Remember the Romans.

  33. Iron Wolf says: Jan 2, 2010 12:05 AM

    Skins have a long way to go, starting with whether they want to keep Jason Campbell or not. I don’t THINK he’s a great QB, but he’s had so many O-coordinators who can really tell? Shanahan is a good coach and as long as that’s all he is they will have a shot in 2 years or so.

  34. NoKoolaidCowboy says: Jan 2, 2010 12:06 AM

    Daaaaaaaaaaaamn.
    I didn’t think he would be worth that much. You guys can keep him! lol

  35. Allied Biscuit says: Jan 2, 2010 1:06 AM

    keep the crap coming, Florio. keep it coming.

  36. sportsjustice says: Jan 2, 2010 2:18 AM

    What is Coach Belichick making? You’d have to think he’s well paid. Why isn’t that information available to the public, have Patriots not disclose any information about his contract? Do we not have any idea on dollar amount or length? He’s like a modern day Don Draper. The guy doesn’t even allow EA Sports put him in the Madden franchise.

  37. greenguy09 says: Jan 2, 2010 2:41 AM

    its gunna take him (shannahan) at least 3 to 4 yrs to get the team molded the way he likes , think snyder will wait that long ? no he will be canned in two years watch.

  38. JunkYardDogg1156 says: Jan 2, 2010 2:47 AM

    # Orange&Blue says: January 1, 2010 10:43 PM
    JunkYardDogg1156 says:
    January 1, 2010 9:54 PM
    Is Elway coming out of retirement to join him? W/O Elway, this hasn’t done anything. You can have him Snyder.
    And w/o Brady, Belichek hasn’t done anything. w/o Montana, Walsh didn’t do anything. And so on. Look, the guy has two rings. He’s been there. Most teams would kill for a guy with that experience. That’s why he’s coveted. If you don’t understand that, I don’t know what to tell you.
    ————————————————————-
    I disagree – Parcells did it with 2 different qb’s, Siefert also, Gibbs with 3 different qb’s, Hell even Reeves went to the super bowl with 2 different qb’s. Shanhan had quite a while in Denver after number 7 retired & never did anything. You have the BEST owner in the NFL in Denver, he thought best to move on with out him also. He isn’t worth that kind of $$$

  39. mnmaverick says: Jan 2, 2010 3:15 AM

    I’ll be happy to take a fraction of that.

  40. just_a_cigar says: Jan 2, 2010 4:28 AM

    The guy obviously knows about the benefits of vitamin D3. He clearly tans for hours per day. Smart man.
    As for football, well, yeah, he hasn’t done sh!t since Elway. Still, such a brilliant carrot/sweet potato color. Give me some butter and nutmeg, I’ll eat the tiny dude up!

  41. FireJerryJones says: Jan 2, 2010 7:13 AM

    Guy’s been in training for two weeks for this job. Training to be a redskin in Mexico… Best tan in the league.
    May be taking the title a bit too literally there coach…
    Also, you didn’t mention he’s still owed $ by Al Davis from his time in Oakland.

  42. 31FLAV says: Jan 2, 2010 7:18 AM

    The Redskins are a messed up tea, they are becoming like the Raiders. They have to pay peeps tons of money to convince them to play for the Skins(knowing, there is no chance of making a super Bowl)

  43. afiresnake says: Jan 2, 2010 7:30 AM

    If I was the Redskins, I’d try to get Jeff Fisher.

  44. Quagmire says: Jan 2, 2010 7:45 AM

    In the 10 years since the 98 SB his teams have 1 playoff win.
    Love that Danny…deep pockets & bad decisions.

  45. Dan Snyder is a Moron says: Jan 2, 2010 8:48 AM

    It might be worth $50 million just to see Snyder and Shanahan inevitably end up fighting. Maybe Shanahan can convince Snyder to take some O-line picks before drafting a QB. No matter what happens Shanahan will end up riding a Scrooge McDuck-like tidal wave of money to the bank.

  46. National says: Jan 2, 2010 9:10 AM

    I really wish Bernie Madoff would have stolen $nyders money.

  47. dlmcc0909 says: Jan 2, 2010 9:21 AM

    This is a good fit for the Redskins. Snyder likes paying too much money for overrated Defensive players and Shanahan has a bad habit of doing the exact same thing. Good times all around!
    On a serious note, how is this guy worth $10 mil a year? He only won when he had John Elway playing QB. It doesnt take an offensive genius to win with Elway at QB

  48. dcfan-1212450 says: Jan 2, 2010 9:31 AM

    I am so sick of all you morons saying Shanahan is overrated. The man won 2 super bowls back to back, how many coaches have even won 2? And no, it was NOT John Elway that won. Sorry to dissappoint all you die hard fans, but Elway NEVER would have won a Super Bowl without Shanahan. And thats because Shanahan gave Elway a running game and Terrell Davis. Elway did not win a Super Bowl in his prime, he won it in his last 2 years, with a running back who carried over 2000 yards rushing and more receiving one season and another stellar season the other super bowl run. Shanahan made a good running game with nobodies. Look at last year, hell Peyton Hillis was running down peoples throats before he went on IR (along with all their running backs which cost him his job). Shanahan can coach, and with a real GM this may be a great hire. But as Redskinchip said, its going to come down to whether Snyder lets them run the team. Even if we are mediocre next season as we rebuild, we need to relax. But we shall see how long Snyders patience can last…

  49. dcfan-1212450 says: Jan 2, 2010 9:32 AM

    @ Quagmire
    In the 10 years since the 98 SB his teams have 1 playoff win.
    Love that Danny…deep pockets & bad decisions.
    ______________________________
    Haha, thats 1 more than the Cowboys!!!

  50. promichael says: Jan 2, 2010 9:47 AM

    Mike Shanahan is a great coach with a record that speaks for itself. However to pay anyone
    that much money does not make sense. Bill Parcells calls it right when he states that the NFL is about talent acquisition. Recruiting the right talent is not a certainty no matter who the General Manager/Coach is! Dan Snyder is not capable of thinking, he just throws money at people. Washington D.C. is a great football market but the owner of the Washington Redskins is a jerk.

  51. penguininbondage says: Jan 2, 2010 9:55 AM

    Everone goes to DC to get paid, not win

  52. cailte says: Jan 2, 2010 11:19 AM

    Bound up Penguin gets it right. This calls for a congressional investigation. But then, when the case partners big pay with dysfunctional management and no performance penalties, who cares?

  53. SuzyKolberIsAwesome says: Jan 2, 2010 11:20 AM

    they are going to give Shanahan THAT MUCH MONEY, then tell us about needing a work stoppage, because the players make too much money,…IF you’re going to try to make the argument against the players, how do you justify paying a coach like that? i’m totally on the PLAYERS SIDE, unless these owners want to open up there books…paying a coach who got FIRED 10 MILLION DOLLARS A YEAR,

  54. jenscharlson says: Jan 2, 2010 12:01 PM

    No coach is worth $10 million a year… except maybe Phil Jackson.
    I love how Dan Snyder just thinks that spending money on “high profile names” will be the remedy to all of the Redskins problems… year after year.
    Thank god I am not a Redskins fan. It is a new year, but the Skins being irrelevent will fast forward in time like a broken record.

  55. CH³NO² says: Jan 2, 2010 12:01 PM

    Between Fat Albert and Shanahan, can’t wait to see what tickets and beer will cost in 2010. I think Snyder is going to be suing a lot more season ticket holders!
    First 10 mil/yr coach and I expect to see the first $20 beer at FedEx. But I won’t be there to buy it. I’m done with Snyder and the Skinz after this year. They have the nerve to send out ticket renewals already and want the money by Feb 1.
    Hahahahahahahahahaha!

  56. Sourdough says: Jan 2, 2010 12:12 PM

    Actually Shanahan couldnt win the big game solely with Elway, it took the arrival of Terrell Davis in order for the Donkos to finally win the Super Bowl. Shanahan is not going to be a Redskins savior.

  57. Katmanduu says: Jan 2, 2010 1:25 PM

    Shanahan r no Shanahan, the Deadskins are screwed….now and forever.

  58. azwildcats96 says: Jan 2, 2010 1:29 PM

    Shannahan doesn’t know shit about defense but he does have a knack for putting together offensive juggernauts. He made Jake Plummer a pro-bowler for God’s sake and took them to the AFC championship before Plummer crapped out. He makes 1000 yard rushers out of nobodys. Our defenses during our super bowl years were average. They had the benefit of our O out scoring everyone. If you’re looking for an offensive minded coach, there is none better. A more complete coach? Hire Cowher.

  59. NFLMMAfan says: Jan 2, 2010 3:42 PM

    afiresnake says:
    January 2, 2010 7:30 AM
    If I was the Redskins, I’d try to get Jeff Fisher.
    ^^^^^^
    Never happen. Fisher has too much talent to work for a midget who has money but zero talent for management.
    Fat Albert, Dion Sanders, Steve Spurrier, the list goes on and on………
    “A fool and his money are soon parted” Can’t wait for the day when Little Danny files for chapter 11.

  60. BIGGJAYY says: Jan 2, 2010 5:00 PM

    I dont like it! Get a coach who really wants to be part of the best NFL franchises ever.
    Shanahan just wants to get paid and after five years later he’s gone.
    I like Russ Grimm. He has tyes to the Redskins tradition and knows the history.
    His heart will be in it more than Shanahan. He also comes from the Bill Cohwer coaching tree not to mention Joe Gibbs.
    He could get a fraction of that 50 million and probably still get as many or more wins than Shanahan.
    Russ reminds me of an Andy Reid Type.

  61. Rafterman says: Jan 2, 2010 5:03 PM

    Hey Mike
    Is all your Redskins info from extremeskins.com now?
    ——————————————————Extremeskins? Is that loser site still up?
    Oops! My bad! I forgot that Synder bought it! LMAO!

  62. golfrules says: Jan 2, 2010 5:48 PM

    Lets not forget. Little Mikey won his superbowls with teams the Dan Reaves put together!!!

  63. spliffbunker says: Jan 2, 2010 6:51 PM

    golfrules says:
    January 2, 2010 5:48 PM
    Lets not forget. Little Mikey won his superbowls with teams the Dan Reaves put together!!!
    ……………………….
    wrong

  64. skinzfanzman says: Jan 2, 2010 7:54 PM

    i agree with jaggedmarks reply.put down the crack now and slowly back away.alright maybe not so slowly but give it up because that just plain crazy.i will say it is going to be a interesting offseason.

  65. mlegue810 says: Jan 2, 2010 9:00 PM

    Cowher is worth more.
    No, wait; Cowher is worth this money. Shannahan is not.

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