Report: Mike Shanahan turned down Fox NFL announcing offer

Mike Shanahan won't be moving up to the announcer booth for the 2014 season. (USATSI)
Mike Shanahan won't be moving up to the announcer booth for the 2014 season. (USATSI)

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Mike Shanahan won't be coaching the Washington Redskins in 2014, but he could have been announcing their games. According to Fox NFL announcer Dick Stockton, Shanahan was going to be his partner this season, but then decided he didn't want the job.  

That tidbit of information comes from Grant Paulsen, a Washington DC radio host who ran into Stockton at the airport. After making some small talk with Stockton before his flight, Paulsen asked him who he was going to be paired with at Fox for the upcoming season.

Stockton told Paulsen he was "supposed to be working with Mike Shanahan, but it doesn't sound like he wants to do it anymore."

Shanahan's camp confirmed that conversations with Fox took place, but that he wouldn't be calling games this year. 

It's probably for the best that Shanahan won't be in the booth, mainly because Redskins games probably would have been awkward. As recently as December, Shanahan and Robert Griffin weren't talking to each other

There was also the time last season when RG3 bashed Shanahan's game-plan, saying the Eagles defense 'knew what was coming.' All of this led to Shanahan being fired by the team on Dec. 30.

So Shanahan might return to FedEx Field at some point in 2014, but it apparently won't be as a Fox announcer. 

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John Breech has been at CBS Sports since July 2011 and currently spends most of his time writing about the NFL. He's believed to be one of only three people in the world who thinks that Andy Dalton will... Full Bio

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