Agent says Gibbs has no obligations left with Redskins

November 25, 1993|By Knight-Ridder News Service

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Joe Gibbs' attorney says the former Washington Redskins coach has no legal commitments to the club that would prevent him from coaching the expansion Carolina Panthers in 1995.

"It's very simple," Robert Fraley, Gibbs' attorney, said yesterday. "Joe has absolutely no continuing obligation to the Redskins, and they have no continuing obligation to him."

Gibbs and University of Florida coach Steve Spurrier are considered the leading candidates to become the Panthers' first coach.

Though Gibbs resigned as Redskins coach in March, citing his health and a desire to spend time with his family, Panthers general manager Mike McCormack has declined to discuss Gibbs because of the NFL's policy that prohibits "tampering" with those under contract to other teams.

When Gibbs resigned, there were two years remaining on his contract, meaning it would expire after the 1994 season.

Asked last month if he would stand in the way of Gibbs coaching the Panthers, Redskins owner Jack Kent Cooke said: "If his contract permits him to, he has my blessing."

But Fraley said Gibbs and Cooke mutually agreed to terminate their contract last March.

Last month, Gibbs said he felt a certain pull to the Panthers' position, but would consider it only if circumstances were "perfect."

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