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Mike Shanahan, Bruce Allen write open letter to Redskins fans after lockout ends

Time for Coach Mike Shanahan to put the headset on again. (John McDonnell / THE WASHINGTON POST)

Dear Redskins Fans:

On behalf of the ownership, coaches, players, and staff, we want to express our sincere appreciation for your patience and support as the NFL and the NFLPA completed a new 10-year collective bargaining agreement. The last several months have been frustrating at times, but now a 10-year agreement has been reached that is fair and guarantees labor peace, rewards the retired players and ensures football.

As you saw in April, we had one of the most aggressive drafts in many years. The 12 prospects we drafted were the most we have ever had in a seven-round draft. We hope that this draft demonstrates our commitment to building the Redskins into a winner for years to come. The coaches and staff have worked diligently since the end of last season and are fully prepared for both free agency and training camp to ensure that we’re ready for the 2011 season.

We’ve said it before: Redskins fans are the best in sports. Thank you again for standing behind our team as the labor issues were being resolved. We will continue to do everything we can to strengthen one of the NFL’s proudest traditions and achieve the goals we all want to accomplish.

Hail to the Redskins!

Mike Shanahan

Head Coach

Bruce Allen

General Manager

After spending most of her career in traditional print sports journalism, Cindy began blogging and tweeting, first as NFL/Redskins editor, and, since August 2010, at The Early Lead. She also is the social media editor for Sports.


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