Redskins give Bruce Allen title of ‘team president’

Bruce Allen

Bruce Allen has been piloting the Redskins since Mike Shanahan was fired. (Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

The Redskins announced that owner Daniel Snyder has promoted general manager Bruce Allen to the position of team president.

The announcement comes three days after Allen penned a letter defending the team’s nickname, and his title on that letter listed him as team president.

Until then, Allen had held the title of executive vice president/general manager.

Allen will remain the team’s general manager, but will also serve as team president. It remains unclear exactly how wide his duties will expand. But since the firing of coach Mike Shanahan at the conclusion of the 2013 season, Allen has had final say in the area of personnel.

In the release issued by the team Monday evening, Snyder said, “I think the world of Bruce Allen and giving him both titles is
appropriate.”

Terms of the deal were not immediately available.

Shanahan during his four years as coach had final personnel say, but had the title of vice president of football operations in addition to head coach. Allen, meanwhile, served as a buffer between Snyder and Shanahan, and also carried out orders in the area of personnel acquisitions for Shanahan.

Following Shanahan’s departure, Allen this offseason conducted the Redskins’ head coaching search and hired Jay Gruden to replace Shanahan. He also called the shots in the draft and in free agency, which featured the acquisitions of high profile targets like defensive lineman Jason Hatcher and wide receiver DeSean Jackson.

Allen in the past two years has surrounded himself with people he is familiar with, adding former associate and Chargers GM A.J. Smith as a front-office assistant last year, and this year adding Doug Williams, a former front-office assistant to Allen in Tampa Bay and a Super Bowl-winning quarterback with the Redskins.

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