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Redskins reportedly exploring ways to fire and withhold money from Mike Shanahan

Mike Shanahan (right) has gone 24-36 as head coach of the Redskins.Mike Shanahan (right) has gone 24-36 as head coach of the Redskins. (Nick Wass/AP)

More evidence that this Washington season has gone off the rails: The franchise already may be trying to figure out how to both fire Mike Shanahan and deny him the money owed to him over the remainder of his contract, Mark Maske of the Washington Post reported.

Shanahan is signed through 2014 at $7 million per season. Should the Redskins can him at any point prior to then, they still would be on the hook for the remainder of that cash. However, per Maske, Washington could contend that Shanahan violated the terms of his contract by allegedly leaking to ESPN that he considered quitting as head coach because of frustration with owner Daniel Snyder.

More from Maske:

Shanahan would have the ability to challenge such a tactic by the Redskins via a grievance. One person familiar with NFL legal matters said he didn’t know if the Redskins would take such an approach with Shanahan but they would face a difficult task in proving such a case.

No matter which path Washington opts to go here, it has become rather set in stone that Shanahan's run with the team will come to an end very soon -- perhaps as early as this week, following a humiliating 45-10 home loss to the Chiefs in front of the smallest crowd ever at FedEx Field.

Making matters worse for the team and whoever is the coach in 2014: Washington does not have a first-round pick in the upcoming draft, having traded it away as part of the package sent to St. Louis to move up for Griffin in the 2012 draft.

Shanahan took heavy criticism at the end of last season, after an already-hobbled Griffin suffered a serious knee injury during Washington's playoff loss to Seattle. That was the lone postseason appearance Washington has made under Shanahan; he currently carries a 24-36 record as the team's head coach.

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