Report: Redskins considering giving Mike Shanahan a contract extension

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the Redskins are considering giving head coach Mike Shanahan a contract extension after leading them to their first division crown in 13 years.

One person with knowledge of the team’s deliberations on the matter said Monday that Redskins officials were trying to decide whether to work on a possible extension with Shanahan this offseason, with two seasons left on his existing contract, or wait to do it when he’s down to one season remaining on his contract.

That person, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss the issue publicly, said he did not believe that a final decision had been made on the matter but he thinks it is likely the Redskins will pursue the extension with Shanahan this offseason rather than waiting.

Another person with knowledge of the Redskins’ plans said an extension with Shanahan could be done but “not until after the season.”

Shanahan should certainly thank rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III for helping them win seven straight games and getting them into the playoffs.  Both Mike and Kyle Shanahan have done a masterful job fitting their offense around Griffin.