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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

PRO FOOTBALL

Swanson, Redskins' longtime PR chief, is leaving team

Karl Swanson, the Redskins' senior vice president of public relations and a longtime top lieutenant of owner Daniel Snyder, is leaving the organization, telling employees in an e-mail that he hoped to spend more time with his family.

Swanson, Snyder's self-described public relations "henchman," has worked for the owner for more than a dozen years. Though he had little personal contact with most reporters, he played an active role in forming media strategy and running damage control when needed.

Swanson was one of just two senior-level executives who have been with Snyder since the owner took over control of team in 1999. Rarely dealing with roster moves or football decisions, Swanson often spoke on behalf of Snyder, who limits his media availabilities. When headlines centered on the team's off-the-field activities -- from ticket and concession prices to FedEx Field parking and tailgating restrictions -- Swanson often took charge.

It was not immediately clear how Swanson's departure would affect other members of the public relations staff. It is believed the team has begun interviewing for a successor and has already extended a job offer to a high-ranking official from another NFL team.

-- Rick Maese

All-Pro safety Darren Sharper is returning to New Orleans for chance to repeat as Super Bowl champion in 2010.

Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis confirmed in an e-mail that Sharper had agreed to a one-year deal, but did not disclose financial terms.

Sharper, 34, intercepted nine passes last season and leads all active NFL players in interceptions with 63 . . .

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that Ben Roethlisberger spent the weekend in a clinic being evaluated as part of the sanctions handed down by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. . . .


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