Report: Redskins, Gruden make progress towards deal

Report: Redskins, Gruden make progress towards deal
January 9, 2014, 6:30 am
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Chris Cooley on the appeal of Redskins coaching job

The end game in the Redskins’ search for a new head coach may be underway.

The Washington Post is reporting that Jay Gruden and the Redskins “have made progress toward a possible agreement” for him to become the team’s next coach.

The article cited two sources. One said that it was “possible” that Gruden would be the Redskins’ new coach but that it wasn’t a done deal. The other said that an agreement was “within reach” but not done.

The negotiations are in a critical phase and it’s still possible that the deal could come apart.

There are a couple of things to keep in mind here. One is the previous point that the deal is not done. No agreement like this done until there are signatures on the bottom line. “Close” is a tricky term to use because there really is no such thing. Either a contract is signed, sealed, and delivered or it’s not.

However, if the two sides are indeed in contract talks can be taken as a sign that there is strong mutual interest in Gruden becoming the Redskins' next coach. Neither side would be wasting the time and resources needed to make a deal if they didn't want to get one done. 

And as we discussed here earlier, don’t take leaks like this as the gospel truth. This may be a case of Gruden’s camp or the Redskins wanting to nudge the deal towards completion.

So keep an eye on the situation but the recommendation here is that you should be patient.