The Washington Redskins, after firing head coach Jay Gruden early Monday morning, reportedly already have their eyes on a potential replacement.
According to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora, owner Daniel Snyder views Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin as the "best candidate to help revive the franchise" and will make a push to acquire the head coach this offseason, according to "numerous sources close to the situation."
Snyder, who is so enamored with the Super Bowl-winning coach, "would be willing to give Tomlin a top-of-the-market salary and full authority over the organization," La Canfora reported Sunday.
What "full authority over the organization" means with the Redskins is unknown. And what that would mean for current team president Bruce Allen is unknown also. Of course, Tomlin's and Allen's paths crossed when the two worked for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
La Canfora goes on to report in order to pry Tomlin from Pittsburgh, the Washington owner "would be prepared to part with draft picks" to acquire the head coach after he signed an extension which would tie him to the Steelers through the 2020 season.
The Washington head coaching job could appeal to Tomlin, a native of Newport News and a graduate of William & Mary. Tomlin was featured on an Instagram post of potential replacements for Gruden which was liked by rookie quarterback Dwayne Haskins following Gruden's firing.
While La Canfora gives no indication of the likeliness of this move coming off, ESPN's Adam Schefter dosed any optimism around the DMV with a torrent of cold water: A source close to the situation said it wouldn't happen.
"I don't see Mike going to Washington," Schefter's source said. "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."