by Chuck Carroll

GAITHERSBURG, Md. (CBSDC) — Josh Morgan wants to return to the Washington Redskins, but the two sides have not spoken about the possibility of a new contract.

Morgan, an impending unrestricted free agent, has only seen new head coach Jay Gruden once during a brief five-minute encounter at an event for the Pigskin Club.

Morgan said he is yet to receive an explanation from former coach Mike Shanahan about decreased playing time last season, but doesn’t expect he will.

The Washington D.C. native also believes regardless of Shanahan’s motives for benching him, the business side of football dictates that his decreased numbers will be discussed when negotiating a new contract. Those are negotiations and talks he said he’s not in any rush to begin.

“I’m not sure about that,” Morgan said when asked about his current status with the Redskins. “We all know what happened last year with coach Shanahan and myself and not being able to show my talents. I’m sure when it comes down to the business side of if they’re probably going to say things like ‘Oh, he didn’t put up the numbers we thought he would’ and things like that. But we all know coach Shanahan didn’t allow me to put up the numbers out there.”

Morgan signed a five-year, $12 million contract with the Redskins in 2012 following a four-year stint with the San Francisco 49ers. At the time, he was considered a highly desirable free agent despite having suffered a leg fracture in 2011.

Morgan’s contract is voidable this offseason.

Morgan, who was deactivated for two games in 2013, recorded just 20 catches for 214 yards after falling out of favor with coaches. The numbers were down significantly from his debut season with the Redskins when he appeared in all 16 games (15 starts) and was on the receiving end of 48 passes for for 510 yards and two touchdowns.

He was emphatic when asked point-blank whether he would like to remain with the franchise.

“Of course. This is my hometown. This is my community. My family is here, my friends are here,” Morgan said. “This is the team I grew up rooting for.”

Morgan, who grew up in Washington, D.C., spent Thursday afternoon reading to children at Washington Grove Elementary School in Gaithersburg as part of the sixth annual Redskins Read FedEx Special Delivery event.

The wide receiver, along with the Redskins Charitable Foundation and representatives from FedEx, also helped distribute hundreds of activity books and goody bags to students.


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