*The Redskins reportedly want to hire Mike Tomlin and make him the highest-paid coach in the NFL. But insiders say it’s not-going-to-happen (anytime soon) seeing as how Tomlin has two years remaining on his contract with the Steelers.
As noted by EPSN, “The Redskins would have to blow away the Steelers with an offer, and reward Tomlin with a deal so great he could not turn it down,” the outlet writes.
“I don’t see Mike going to Washington,” one source close to the situation told ESPN. “That is so far-fetched. It’s so far out there. It would have to be a deal that the league never has seen before and would change the way business is done in football, and I don’t see that happening.”
Tomlin has been the Steelers head coach since 2007, and Washington is in the market for a new head coach the recent termination of Jay Gruden. Bill Callahan is serving as interim head coach but he’s made it quite clear that he is not interested in the job long-term.
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Redskins owner Daniel Snyder is rumored to have his sights set on Tomlin. That report has been backed up by NBC Sports Washington’s JP Finlay:
Snyder, who has long been a fan of Tomlin, has gotten to know the Super Bowl-winning coach more personally over the years, at league meetings and through several mutual friends and peers, and would be willing to give Tomlin a top-of-the-market salary and full authority over the organization, the sources said. He views Tomlin as the kind of coach, leader and face-of-the-franchise Washington sorely lacks — the perfect point person with the media and sponsors and to help efforts to get a stadium built in downtown Washington, DC.
Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports noted the many reasons why the Washington job might appeal to Tomlin.
The Redskins hold training camp in Richmond, Virginia, which is not far from Tomlin’s hometown of Newport News. Tomlin’s son also plays football at the University of Maryland, so coaching in Washington would allow him to be closer to him. There may be some appeal for Tomlin’s assistants, too, as Snyder would likely be willing to pay them more than they currently get in Pittsburgh.
Tomlin also has existing relationships with Redskins president Bruce Allen and general manager Doug Williams, as he worked with them when he was an assistant coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Tomlin is under contract with the Steelers through the 2021 season after signing an extension this past summer.