Redskins losing TEs coach Embree, who accepts Colorado job

Redskins tight ends coach Jon Embree told The Washington Post that he will work Sunday, then leave the team to take the University of Colorado head-coaching job.

"My agent is just trying to take care of a couple of things, but I'm planning to sign it (the contract) tonight," Embree said Saturday. "It's my dream job, and I'm really looking forward to getting to work and leading my alma mater."

According to The Post, Colorado has tentatively scheduled a Monday news conference to announce Embree's hiring.

Minnesota Vikings running back Eric Bieniemy said earlier Saturday that he would leave after the NFL season to become the Buffaloes' offensive coordinator. However, Embree had Redskins coach Mike Shanahan's permission to depart after Sunday's game against the NFC East rival New York Giants.

"I've had a great experience with Mike and coaching for the Redskins, and I'm appreciative for his support," Embree told The Post.

Embree played tight end at Colorado in the 1980s and later became an assistant there, coaching tight ends (1993-94, 1999-2000), defensive ends (1995-98) and wide receivers/kickers (2001-02). He served as assistant head coach/wide receivers (2003) and assistant head coach/tight ends and passing game coordinator (2004-05) at UCLA, mentoring current Jacksonville Jaguars starter Marcedes Lewis, then coached the Kansas City Chiefs' tight ends for three seasons.

Embree will replace Dan Hawkins, who was fired as Colorado's coach Nov. 9 after going 19-39 in four-plus seasons.

"Recently, I don't think the program has been representative of what it can be," Embree said. "We've seen what was accomplished in the past, and we're looking forward to a bright future. That's what we'll be working to accomplish."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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