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Report: Shanahan, 'Skins strike a deal

Well, it took a little longer than 114 minutes, but the Redskins reportedly have a new coach.

Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports that the Redskins and Mike Shanahan have reached an agreement in principle that makes Shanahan the replacement for Jim Zorn.

Klis also reports that Broncos owner Pat Bowlen will save $7 million over the next two years, but that Bowlen will still pay Shanahan $3.5 million in each of the next two seasons to not coach the Broncos.

We’d previously heard that Shanahan didn’t have a 100-percent offset on his buyout; little did we realize it was only 50 percent.

Expect more details to emerge as the worst-kept secret in the NFL comes to fruition.

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37 Responses to “Report: Shanahan, 'Skins strike a deal”
  1. wwwmattcom says: Jan 5, 2010 7:53 PM

    He better have gotten 10 Million. Not because he deserves it, but because of pro football rumor . com speculation I mean reporting.

  2. Pack_Attack says: Jan 5, 2010 7:56 PM

    2 draft picks for Jay Cutler??

  3. Dolphin Fan says: Jan 5, 2010 7:57 PM


  4. FloriosPhillyFan says: Jan 5, 2010 7:59 PM


  5. robertamberg says: Jan 5, 2010 7:59 PM

    Is General Franco still dead?

  6. slipkid says: Jan 5, 2010 8:03 PM

    no, elway is making a comeback!

  7. milehiclown says: Jan 5, 2010 8:07 PM

    The last three years with Shanny were *easily* as frustrating as this season with McD.
    Good luck.

  8. DanSnyder says: Jan 5, 2010 8:09 PM

    Bout time. Let the healing begin. No I don’t expect any championship or even playoffs anytime soon but as a franchise we need a symbol of stability and I hope this is it. Spare us skin fans the constant heckling. DC is rough unlike the lions and raiders of this league because the are and fans actually have high expectations.

  9. Fart Face Killa says: Jan 5, 2010 8:10 PM

    Maybe Shanahan will trade for Chad Henne. I want him gone.

  10. tdiddy says: Jan 5, 2010 8:10 PM

    Goodbye Jason Campbell, hello Sam Bradford

  11. chunky soupy sales says: Jan 5, 2010 8:11 PM

    Poor, poor Shanahan.
    But not really. let the sucking begin, let any ” legacy” began to turn to dust.

  12. Chapnasty2 says: Jan 5, 2010 8:11 PM

    This is like the 10th time we have seen this headline. Anything going on in St. Louis?

  13. dandydon says: Jan 5, 2010 8:16 PM

    Another bone-headed move by Snyder!!!!! What a moron

  14. elways_jock says: Jan 5, 2010 8:21 PM

    one thing shanahan did in denver was corral the best corp of young running backs over the last ten years on a beer budget .. he drafted clinton portis used him up then shipped him off for the ‘champ’ .. then he got other backs to produce on the cheap .. oh ya and cant forget terrelle ‘2,116 yards’ davis .. elway notwithstanding that is pretty good track record on backs ..

  15. Florio Equals Ass says: Jan 5, 2010 8:22 PM

    Interesting comment. Da Bears need drafts picks like I need a better financial advisor.

  16. Phil says: Jan 5, 2010 8:22 PM


  17. tatum32 says: Jan 5, 2010 8:27 PM

    Hes getting money, period. No matter what the buyout terms are. Snyder is going to give him a fortune. Its interesting to note, Shanahan will re-join who he traded for Champ Bailey, RB Clinton Portis , who they may move again (due to concussions)

  18. wwwmattcom says: Jan 5, 2010 8:27 PM

    Well any positive run game in Washington makes any QB just a little but better.

  19. iphoneimacredskins1 says: Jan 5, 2010 8:28 PM

    This is good news for the redskins a real coach and i want to see jason campbell gone.

  20. Big J says: Jan 5, 2010 8:38 PM

    Snyder finally will let football peolpe run his team. If they start with an O-line they can only get better.

  21. CH³NO² says: Jan 5, 2010 8:41 PM

    How long before Snyder and the Skinz start with the “anything less than the NFC East crown will be a disappointment” speeches? If I recall last year they started around Valentines Day!

  22. PUR-D33 says: Jan 5, 2010 8:57 PM

    I expect Shanahan to have team president right next to his head coach title. Allen will handle the business end with the structure, salary cap, etc. Shanahan will pick a player to fit his system, Allen will work out the details to obtain said player via draft or free agency. Not the old system of Vinny grabbing an overpriced free agent and telling the coach to work that player in because of the money invested. I hope to see a change in DC, and it’s going to take patience. A lot of patience. We’ve been groomed to believe that the next big name player signed will take us past that hump and get us to the next level. We bit hook, line and sinker every year. It changes now. It has to. It’s going to take some time. We need to be moving in the right direction, making progress and building a solid foundation. As much as I would love to make the playoffs next year, I don’t, and won’t, expect that. If we’ve learned anything from the past season, I hope we’ve learned humility. And if it takes 10mil to sign a coach you think will bring that change to the organization, I say pay the man and let’s get started. We are proud, loyal fans and will defend our team will everything we have. But it’s never been harder than it is now. We need to see something to believe in again.

  23. Arrowhead Gold says: Jan 5, 2010 9:00 PM

    It’s Terrell, not “terrelle.” He never rushed for 2,116 yards in a season; his best season was 2,008. He was drafted in the sixth round, so you can’t give credit to someone for getting lucky.
    What else do you not know about the Broncos?

  24. Ravens Macg says: Jan 5, 2010 9:01 PM

    But now in lil danny snyderton nothing will work!

  25. dlr4skins says: Jan 5, 2010 9:05 PM

    wwwmattsmomscum should read something he/she likes and quit bitching to the rest of us.

  26. bornman3 says: Jan 5, 2010 9:07 PM

    Dan Snyder has no clue how to run an NFL team. He’s tried Spurrier, Gibbs, Zorn and now Shanahan. He just tries to buy his way out of the dingeon, except for Zorn which was a circus hiring.
    The best NFL coaches are not the high priced dinosaurs, but the young, intelligent and in your face coaches.

  27. Gautam says: Jan 5, 2010 9:09 PM

    the Skins have a pretty good defense … they just need to get rid of Landry & Hall
    hopefully Shanahan can improve our pathetic offense … starting with the O-line

  28. golfrules says: Jan 5, 2010 9:10 PM

    Ain’t no fixin STUPID!!

  29. .VoxVeritas says: Jan 5, 2010 9:21 PM

    let the chop-blocking commence!

  30. j-wil says: Jan 5, 2010 9:35 PM


  31. dave says: Jan 5, 2010 10:28 PM

    shanahan will join norv as the only two guys to suffer under snyder and al davis

  32. The Wolverine says: Jan 5, 2010 10:39 PM

    The Cowturds, Fecals and Pukey Giants are all worried now, They know Super Bowl trophies are coming down the Beltway to Washington D.C.!!!!!!!! Shannan and Deal-a-Dan, a Redskin Fans football Nirvana. Its raining Lombardi trophies over D.C.!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  33. Vikingsfaninpa says: Jan 5, 2010 11:09 PM

    Skins have a lot to build on. A solid D with the potential to be a history making D. a few players short on offense, QB, and a big play recvr.
    And the D is is pretty young. So there is time to build.
    Shannahan has proven himself to be a success. But it takes more than talent to win games, team chemistry between coach and team is under rated.
    Outside of Cowher he is the best choice of the coaches available.

  34. troll_aikman8 says: Jan 6, 2010 12:06 AM

    Shannahan is going to bring 270lb offensive linemen to Washington. The kind that leg whip and dive at knees. I see epic fail.

  35. el_dude says: Jan 6, 2010 12:39 AM

    The only thing DC fans have to fear is defense. Hopefully Shanny has learned his lesson and will find a d-coordinator and stick with him. I bet Dennison and Bobby Turner are comin too. Get ready to see zone blocking and big numbers for TEs.
    You guys got a great coach. Period.

  36. Tim says: Jan 6, 2010 4:16 AM

    I love the signing for the skins even as a Giants fan but Schaffer is reporting he will be the highest paid coach in the NFL/NFL history and that to me is ridiculous you cant sit here and honestly say a coach who missed the playoffs the last three years he was a coach deserves to be the highest paid in the NFL. Thats ridiculous.

  37. The Black Cat says: Jan 6, 2010 7:22 AM

    Note to Cleveland: better sign-up your lineman quick!

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