Redskins hire Phillip Daniels as director of player development

The Washington Redskins on Friday announced the hiring of former defensive end Phillip Daniels as director of player development.

Daniels played in the NFL 15 seasons, including his final six with the Redskins. The team cut the then-38-year old Daniels prior to the start of the 2011 training camp, but Coach Mike Shanahan offered the veteran a spot on his coaching staff. Daniels declined at the time, hoping to catch on with another team, but never did.

“We welcome Phillip back to the Redskins family,” Redskins general manager Bruce Allen said in a press release. “His 15 years of NFL experience will be a great asset for our football team.”

Said Daniels, “I’m really looking forward to helping our players and team win, on and off the field.”

Daniels started 67 out of 83 games for the Redskins, recording 182 tackles and 17.5 sacks from 2004-10. For his career, Daniels – selected by Seattle in the fourth round of the 1996 draft, and who also played for Chicago -- recorded 512 tackles, 62 sacks, one interception, 51 passes defensed, forced 15 fumbles and recovered 12.

Mike Jones covers the Washington Redskins for The Washington Post. When not writing about a Redskins development of some kind – which is rare – he can be found screaming and cheering at one of his kids’ softball, baseball, soccer or basketball games.

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