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Gibbs' Contract Status (Updated)

A quick post to share what we know about the possibility of a contract extension for Coach Joe Gibbs.
Mike Wise reported today that "All indications are that the team owner, Daniel Snyder, never waffled regarding whether Gibbs should return. According to a team official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, Snyder is ready to offer Gibbs a contract extension beyond his fifth and final year in 2008. I've heard two years, because that's the realistic feeling of how long a genuine Super Bowl run will take. But another team official said a duration has not been discussed."
ESPN's Chris Mortensen is reporting that a two-year extension offer is on the table, however, our sources aren't saying that.
A Redskins spokesman just got back to us and said that, as of last night and his last contact with Gibbs, nothing had changed with regard to the coach being offered a contract. He called the ESPN report inaccurate and said he doubted the situation had changed in the last eight hours. He reiterated that Gibbs isn't open to considering it until the season is over.
And as recently as Friday night, sources on the coaching staff told us that Gibbs has discussed the roster beyond this year with coaches. He has talked about long-term plans for the team with coaches. They're all assuming he is returning and say that there is every indication of that, but that he has not explicitly said he's coming back.
They say it would be totally out of character during a playoff run for Gibbs to focus on something like that.
Here's the Wise link. Give a read. Let's get ready for some fubball!

By Cindy Boren  |  December 23, 2007; 12:43 PM ET
 
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