Report: Dan Snyder unwilling to pay buyout to fire Mike Shanahan and staff

Jul 25, 2013; Richmond, VA, USA; Washington Redskins head coach Mike Shanahan (right) and owner Daniel Snyder (left) stand on the field during opening day of 2013 NFL training camp at the Bon Secours Washington Redskins Training Center. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports

The Washington Redskins have certainly had their fair share of drama over the past few weeks, thanks to the uncertainty swirling around the future of head coach Mike Shanahan with the team.

Many believe that Shanahan will be fired at the end of the season, but a new report seems to put those beliefs in jeopardy with the news that Redskins owner Daniel Snyder may be unwilling to pay the money he would to Shanahan and his staff if he decides to fire him.

From the Washington Post:

Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder was informed of Coach Mike Shanahan’s planto sit down quarterback Robert Griffin III and did not raise an objection to it largely because he took the position that it was a coaching decision that should be made by Shanahan, according to several people familiar with the situation.

It also appeared Friday that financial considerations have become the most significant issue determining Shanahan’s future with the organization. Multiple people close to the matter said Snyder has been unwilling so far to pay the full amount he would owe Shanahan and his coaching staff if he fired them.

Well, this certainly makes things more interesting.

If Snyder has his concerns about paying the buyout, the best move to make would be to wait the final three weeks of the season to see how Shanahan’s decision to roll with Kirk Cousin plays out.

The report states that Snyder truly believes Shanahan is making a coaching decision, so we will see how that decision works out as Cousins finishes off the year as the team’s starting quarterback down the stretch.

Topics: Mike Shanahan, Washington Redskins

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