Red­skins and Coach Jay Gru­den agree to a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion.

The Washington Post Sunday - - SPORTS - BY MIKE JONES AND MAS­TER TES­FAT­SION mike.jones@wash­post.com mas­ter.tes­fat­sion@wash­post.com

in­di­anapo­lis — In the midst of a highly scru­ti­nized week, the Wash­ing­ton Red­skins made a move in­tended to bring some much-needed sta­bil­ity to the fran­chise by sign­ing Coach Jay Gru­den to a two-year con­tract ex­ten­sion, a per­son with knowl­edge of the sit­u­a­tion con­firmed.

Gru­den was en­ter­ing the fourth year of a five-year con­tract signed in 2014. Many NFL in­sid­ers viewed this as an im­por­tant sea­son for him com­ing up; a suc­cess­ful year would have po­si­tioned him to earn an ex­ten­sion; re­gres­sion likely would prompt the team’s brass to make a change in the off­sea­son.

How­ever, team Pres­i­dent Bruce Allen and owner Daniel Sny­der de­cided to make the move now rather than wait un­til the next off­sea­son to eval­u­ate Gru­den’s sit­u­a­tion. The deal was first re­ported late Satur­day by ESPN’s John Keim.

Since buy­ing the Red­skins in 1999, Sny­der has em­ployed eight head coaches — Norv Turner, Terry Ro­biskie (an in­terim in 2000), Marty Schot­ten­heimer, Steve Spurrier, Joe Gibbs, Jim Zorn, Mike Shana­han and Gru­den. How­ever, Gru­den — who just led the team to back-to-back win­ning sea­sons for the first time since 1996-97 — is the first to earn an ex­ten­sion.

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