Report: Shanahan could be fired for cause
As team owner Daniel Snyder mulls his options about what to do with head coach Mike Shanahan, one possibility emerging is that the team will fire him with cause and thus claim they don't owe him next year's salary, estimated to be around $7 million.
Per Mark Maske of the Washington Post, the team will consider the option if and when they decide to part ways with the fourth-year head coach. If they do pursue that route, the team would claim that Shanahan leaked a story to ESPN that indicated he was ready to leave the team after last season, in part because of Snyder meddling in the relationship between Shanahan and quarterback Robert Griffin III.
It would ultimately lead to a grievance on Shanahan's part, although that wouldn't be anything new for Shanahan. He was involved in a simliar situation when he was fired by the Raiders in 1999 and team owner Al Davis declined to pay Shanahan for the remainder of his contract. Coaching contracts are almost always guaranteed for the life of the deal.