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Gibbs Addresses Coles Report

Head coach Joe Gibbs said on Monday that a Washington Post report suggesting that wide receiver Laveranues Coles may be released by the Redskins is "inaccurate and untrue."

"[Coles] and I have had several talks and we understand each other," Gibbs told the media on Monday at Redskins Park. "We're just working our way through everything during the offseason, and that's really it."

Asked if there's a chance Coles might not be with the team next season, Gibbs said: "My statement is how I feel about it and I'm making plans and we're going forward with what we have and [Coles] is part of those plans."

Gibbs said his conversations with Coles would remain private.

"He's a very valuable guy to the Redskins and we have a lot invested in him," Gibbs said. "Sometimes things during the year don't go exactly the way you want them to. I know offensively I wish we had more production than we did, and that's my responsibility."

Coles caught a career-high 90 passes for 950 yards and one touchdown last season. In two seasons in Washington, he has caught 172 passes for 2,154 yards and seven TDs.

Gibbs said the team continues to evaluate the wide receivers among the crop of pending free agents and collegiate players entering the NFL Draft. The Redskins have granted wide receiver Rod Gardner permission to seek a trade.

"We feel that with James Thrash and Taylor Jacobs, we can build around those two guys," Gibbs said. "And we have [Coles]. So we're going to be look for a player to take [Gardner's] spot."

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