Dec 15 (The Sports Xchange) - Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan wants to return for the final season of his contract as long as he can run the team without interference from owner Dan Snyder, ESPN reported Sunday.
Shanahan has one year and $7 million left on his contract and does not want to resign. An attorney familiar with Shanahan's contract said there is "no chance" the Redskins will fire Shanahan for cause.
Instead, Shanahan and Snyder plan to meet at the end of the season to try to work out an arrangement that works for both of them. That includes Snyder giving Shanahan the power to play the players he wants, including quarterback Kirk Cousins if Shanahan believes he deserves playing time over Robert Griffin III. That is apparently already in his contract but he wants reinforcement.
Another team official said the Redskins will not try to fire Shanahan for cause and withhold the $7 million that he is due next year, even if he ends up not returning. Another source said the contract is "ironclad."
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The Miami Dolphins will make a decision on the status of suspended guard Richie Incognito on Monday, according to Fox Sports.
Incognito missed his sixth game Sunday since his suspension stemming from the team's bullying scandal.
Incognito is eligible to return to the team on Monday. The Dolphins reportedly want to extend his suspension for the rest of the season with pay but he has to agree to that.
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Minnesota Vikings coach Leslie Frazier and quarterbacks Christian Ponder and Josh Freeman are not part of the team's future plans, according to the NFL Network.
Ownership is likely to go in another direction with a new head coach after another disappointing season. The Vikings (4-9-1) upset the Eagles on Sunday. The team will likely prioritize a young coach currently working as an NFL assistant with "star" power, according to Sunday's report.
General manager Rick Spielman reportedly will be back.
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The Vikings and Houston Texans contacted Penn State head coach Bill O'Brien, according to CBS Sports.
The Texans are looking for a new coach after recently firing Gary Kubiak.
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Cleveland Browns wide receiver Josh Gordon was involved in a minor car accident Saturday, a day before the Browns' game against the Chicago Bears.
Gordon had three catches for 67 receiving yards with a touchdown in the Browns' 38-31 loss. (Editing by Gene Cherry)