NFL News: Washington Redskins extend coach Jay Gruden until 2020 despite contract issues with Kirk Cousins

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The Washington Redskins don’t know what will happen with their situation at the quarterback spot. But, they have already signed head coach Jay Gruden to a two-year contract extension.

The former quarterback had two years left in his original five-year deal but will be signed until the 2020 NFL Season. This was the first contract extension for a head coach under Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Previously, there was lot of movement in Washington’s coaching spot. They had seven head coaches and one interim head coach since taking over as owner in 1999.

Jay Gruden staying in Washington until 2020

John Keim of ESPN confirmed the new contract extension for Gruden. It’s noted that the extension comes with issues with regards to their general manager position and the starting QB position. Redskins GM Scot McCloughan is reportedly not at the NFL Scouting Combine. These opened NFL rumors that he could be on his way out of Washington but the team said that he is just attending to personal matters.

Meanwhile, the team is trying to sort out the contract issue with starting QB Cousins. The plan is to franchise tag him again for another season but there are speculations that Cousins already wants a long-term deal that will be valued at around $20 million per season. There are additional NFL rumors that the Redskins could consider trading Cousins this 2017 offseason.

Gruden never made it as a quarterback in the NFL but played in the World League of American Football and the Arena Football League. He also started coaching for AFL and UFL teams from 1998 to 2010.

But his NFL coaching career was more successful since becoming the offensive assistant for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2002 to 2008. He was also the offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2011 to 2013. He joined the Redskins as head coach in 2014.

Gruden from football family

Gruden comes from a family of American football coaches. Jim Gruden, Jay’s father was a long-time college and pro league assistant coach. Jon Gruden, Jay’s brother was also the head coach of the Oakland Raiders and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the past.

The move to sign Jay Gruder to an extension means the Redskins want to extend the continuity and play style from the coaching staff. In three seasons with Washington, Gruder has led the Redskins to a 21-26-1 win-loss-tie record. Gruder has led the team to one playoff appearance in 2015 when they lost to the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Wild Card game. Last season, the Redskins failed to get to the postseason with an 8-7-1 record in the regular season or just third in the NFC East.

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