NFL Media's Jeff Darlington reported Thursday morning that Jay Gruden and the Redskins have finalized a deal to make him the successor to the fired Mike Shanahan, per multiple sources familiar with the negotiations. NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reports that Gruden received a five-year contract, per a source informed of the contract. The Redskins later introduced Gruden to the Washington media during an afternoon news conference.
Gruden began hammering out the parameters of a deal Wednesday night, putting his interview with the Minnesota Vikings on hold, a source informed of the process told Rapoport.
Long married to the West Coast offense, Gruden goes from working with the inconsistent Andy Dalton to young Robert Griffin III. Gruden's hire also brings him into a working marriage with Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, who worked for years with former Buccaneers coach Jon Gruden, Jay's older brother, in Tampa Bay.