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