The opposing wills of a headstrong coach and an equally headstrong franchise player faced off again Monday, with Washington Redskins coach Mike Shanahan rebuffing Robert Griffin III’s latest lobbying effort to play in the preseason.
Shanahan also said he has no private deal with Griffin about playing in Week 1 of the regular season, as implied by the quarterback. As far as Griffin’s statements about neither liking nor fully understanding Shanahan’s practice plan for the QB, the coach reiterated that it’s not his job to do everything to Griffin’s liking.
“First of all, I love it when somebody wants to play, I love it when somebody wants to be out there,” Shanahan said. “That’s a good problem to have as a head coach. But my job is to make sure we do the best thing for Robert. ... Not to necessarily do what he likes, but to do what’s the best thing for him and this organization.”
Highest paid punter
Britton Colquitt spent close to an hour with his wife and their 1-year-old son in one of the corporate tents at the Denver Broncos headquarters following practice.
The NFL’s new highest-paid punter swears he wasn’t being a snob. He just didn’t realize he was keeping a throng of media members waiting for him at the podium. It’s not every day that punters get this kind of attention — or make this kind of money.
Colquitt became the league’s highest-paid punter when he signed his three-year, $11.7 million extension upon arriving to work. The deal included a $3 million signing bonus that, when added to this year’s $1.275 million salary, also makes him the NFL’s highest-compensated punter in 2013.
Cowboys closer to move
The Dallas Cowboys are near a deal that would end a four-decade affiliation with Irving, Texas, and move the team’s practice facility to another Dallas suburb.
The Frisco City Council on Monday approved a $115 million agreement to build a complex that will include an indoor stadium and new headquarters for the Cowboys in the city 30 miles north of Dallas.
The city’s school district is contributing $30 million, and its high schools will play games in the stadium. Frisco officials want to have the facility ready for the 2016 season.
Around the league
Sean Weatherspoon has returned to practice for the Atlanta Falcons after sitting out a week because of a left finger injury. …The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired wide receiver Jeff Maehl from Houston for offensive lineman Nate Menkin. …Carolina Panthers coach Ron Rivera says backup offensive tackle Bruce Campbell will need surgery to repair a torn rotator cuff in his left shoulder. …New York Jets running back Joe McKnight appeared to be OK after he was carted to the locker room, wearing an oxygen mask, after dropping to the field during a drill. …New York Giants leading tackler Antrel Rolle was carted off the field after hurting his right ankle at training camp. … San Diego Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd was carted off the field with an apparent right knee injury toward the end of practice.