Agreement within reach between Jay Gruden and Redskins

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Aug 17, 2013; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden in the third quarter of a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at Paul Brown Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

With the Cincinnati Bengals preparing for the offseason, the sooner they can confirm who will be on their coaching staff in 2014, the quicker they can start focusing on potential free agent targets, draft prospects, which of their own to re-sign, etc.

With offensive coordinator Jay Gruden drawing significant interest from NFL teams, it’s become evident he’ll likely depart Cincinnati, and at this point, the sooner he does so, the better.

According to Mark Maske of the Washington Post,  Gruden and the Washington Redskins have made progress toward a possible agreement for him to become their next head coach, and a deal could come very soon:

"The deliberations were at a sensitive stage and it was possible the deal still could unravel, according to one of those people, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the topic. That person called it “possible [but] not definite” that Gruden would be hired by the Redskins. The other person said an agreement was within reach but not fully completed."

And according to this latest report from Ian Rapoport, it appears Jay Gruden is inching closer to getting the Redskins job:

Gruden interviewed Wednesday, and was supposed to talk to the Vikings today, after previously interviewing for the Titans vacancy. He, along with Darrell Bevell, Jim Caldwell, Sean McDermott, Perry Fewell and Rich Bisaccia have interviewed for the Washington job.