By Jason La Canfora
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, December 24, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Dec. 23 -- Washington Redskins Coach Joe Gibbs denied an ESPN report Sunday that he had been offered a two-year contract extension by owner Daniel Snyder.
Gibbs has maintained that he will entertain no thoughts of his future or any contract until after the season. Gibbs, through team spokesman Chris Helein, said that he has had no conversations about an extension and has no plans to at this point.
Gibbs and Snyder meet annually the week after the end of every season, when they chart the future for the organization and mull any staff changes. Gibbs has continued to say that he has every "intention" of returning for 2008, the fifth and final season of his $28.5 million contract.
Numerous sources within the organization said that Snyder wants the coach and team president to remain in the organization. Two sources who have spoken to Snyder in recent weeks said they would be very surprised if Gibbs did not receive an extension, as most teams do not want coaches in lame-duck situations.
And there are other considerations for Gibbs, 67. He meets with his family after every season and assesses his physical health before deciding in which capacity to serve the team -- if any. Two team sources said this weekend that although Gibbs has never explicitly told the staff that he will definitely be back for 2008, they have no reason to believe he will not. Gibbs often discusses personnel, tactics and roster issues relating to future seasons, they said, and there has been a sense within the coaching staff that the team is poised for greater success.