Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the talk of the Redskins pursuing a trade for Steelers HC Mike Tomlin after the season can be filed under the “not-going-to-happen” category.
Schefter explains that Tomlin has two years remaining on his contract after this season and Pittsburgh would need to be “blown away” by an offer from the Redskins to trade him.
“I don’t see Mike going to Washington,” a source tells Schefter. “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.”
Jeremy Fowler reports that Tomlin has “zero interest” in joining the Redskins now or later on. According to Fowler, Tomlin is happy in Pittsburgh and even if he were to be available, he would likely target a different job, due to the dysfunction in Washington.
According to Jason La Canfora, Redskins owner Dan Snyder views Steelers HC Mike Tomlin as his top choice for the next head coach of the Washington organization.
La Canfora says Snyder is prepared to part with draft picks to secure Tomlin, who signed a one-year contract extension in July to stay in Pittsburgh through 2021.
Snyder has gotten to know Tomlin at various league functions, per La Canfora, and views him as the coach, leader and face-of-the-franchise that the Redskins need to turn around their franchise.
La Canfora reports Tomlin remains on strong footing with Steelers, despite a collapse to miss the playoffs late last season and a 1-4 start to 2019. Many in the Steelers organization are skeptical of how seriously the Rooney family, who owns the team, would consider a trade.
However, La Canfora says there is long-term uncertainty in Pittsburgh, with GM Kevin Colbert declining to sign an extension and QB Ben Roethlisberger‘s status in question after 2021. La Canfora adds Tomlin has roots to the Maryland/Virginia area, which is where he grew up and his son now plays college football.
Snyder would also have interest in Buccaneers DC Todd Bowles and Jets DC Gregg Williams as head-coaching candidates, per La Canfora.
Tomlin, 47, was hired as the Steelers head coach back in 2007 and managed to win a Super Bowl in just his second year with the franchise.
In total, Tomlin has a career record of 126-70-1 (63.9 percent), which includes eight playoff appearances in 12 seasons. The Steelers have been to two Super Bowls under Tomlin.
We’ll have more on Tomlin and the Redskins as the news is available.