Shanahan, You the Man: Redskins Get a New Chief

Phil AndrewsCorrespondent IJanuary 5, 2010

11 Jan 1998:  Head coach Mike Shanahan of the Denver Broncos during the Broncos 24-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers at Three Rivers Stadium in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Mandatory Credit: Andy Lyons  /Allsport
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This much is for sure, Redskins owner Dan Snyder doesn't waste time. As swiftly as he said good-bye to former head coach Jim Zorn, he gets Mike Shanahan to agree to a five year contract to take over the head coaching reigns and the added duties of Vice president of football operations for the Washington Redskins .

Shanahan will work closely with the Skins newly crowned executive vice president and general manager Bruce Allen, but will have the ultimate authority on football decisions. Shanahan will be introduced as the Redskins head coach tomorrow afternoon.

The Denver Post is reporting that Shanny's contract will be somewhere in the Neighborhood of $7 million a year.

This deal of course, is of great interest to the Denver Broncos , who fired Shanahan a year ago. His deal with Washington now means the Broncos will recoup $7 million in offset money over the next two seasons, under the terms of the agreement they had with the Shanahan.

From a coaching standpoint, the NFC East just got a bit more competitive.