Jeff Fisher, Mike Shanahan Agree Friendship Played No Part In Trade
ASHBURN – St. Louis head coach Jeff Fisher said that his friendship with Mike Shanahan played no part in the trade that sent the No. 2 pick in April’s NFL Draft, which turned out to be Robert Griffin III, to the Washington Redskins.
“It didn’t have any effect with it,” Fisher said Wednesday. “There’s a personal side of the relationship and there’s a business side to this. This was a business deal that we thought was the best decision for both clubs.”
Fisher and Shanahan worked together in San Francisco in 1992 and 1993 under head coach George Seifert. Fisher left for Houston in 1994, the year the 49ers won the Super Bowl, before Shanahan left to become Denver’s head coach in 1995.
Shanahan acknowledged his relationship with Fisher, and the relationship between Redskins general manager Bruce Allen and Rams executive vice president Kevin Demoff, but also said their friendships were not a factor.
According to multiple reports at the time, St. Louis set a March 9 deadline for teams to submit their best offers to trade for the No. 2 pick. Washington’s bid – an exchange of first-round picks, plus a second-round pick in that draft and first-round picks in 2013 and 2014 – topped one submitted by Cleveland.
“We had one of those relationships obviously where we had a chance to talk, but this was a business, and they’re going to go with the best offer,” Shanahan said. “But we had a chance to communicate, and we had the best offer.”