Doug Williams might rejoin Redskins in front-office job

Doug Williams was named MVP of Super Bowl XXII.  (Lucian Perkins/The Washington Post) Doug Williams was named MVP of Super Bowl XXII.  (Lucian Perkins/The Washington Post)

There is a strong possibility that Doug Williams, the Super Bowl-winning quarterback for the Washington Redskins, will rejoin the team in a front-office capacity, according to a person familiar with the situation.

“There’s a great possibility Doug will be going to the Redskins,” the person said, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly on the matter. “I think there’s a very good chance of that.”

The timing of such a potential move was not immediately clear.

Neither Williams nor Redskins General Manager Bruce Allen responded to requests for comment.

Allen has been in Mobile, Ala., this week scouting college players at the Senior Bowl practices.

Williams formerly worked for Allen in the front office of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Williams nearly returned to the Redskins in a front-office job three years ago, he confirmed in November when he and other former players were honored by the team at a game at FedEx Field, but instead returned to Grambling for his second stint as the school’s head coach. Williams was fired by Grambling in September.

“You never know what’s gonna happen,” Williams said in November.  “… After the season’s over and things like that, then you see what your next step is.”

The Redskins declined to confirm a report this week by CBS that Allen had met with Williams in Mobile about a front-office job. That report said there was no deal between the two sides but things were headed in a positive direction.

Williams would join a Redskins’ front-office mix that currently includes Allen and personnel executives Morocco Brown and Scott Campbell.

Allen said after the Redskins fired Mike Shanahan as their coach following a 3-13 season that he would inherit the final say over the team’s player-related decisions formerly possessed by Shanahan.

Allen has expressed confidence in Campbell and Brown, who interviewed for the Buccaneers’ general manager job earlier this month but was passed over when the team hired Arizona Cardinals executive Jason Licht on Tuesday. Brown interviewed last year for the Cardinals’ GM job. He is the Redskins’ director of pro personnel, while Campbell is the team’s director of player personnel.

William, 58, played for the Redskins between the 1986 and ’89 seasons. He was named MVP of Super Bowl XXII after he threw four touchdown passes, all in the second quarter, and passed for 340 yards when the Redskins beat the Denver Broncos, 42-10, on Jan. 31, 1988.

The Redskins’ newly hired head coach, Jay Gruden, worked with Allen in Tampa. So, too, did several of the team’s assistant coaches, including offensive coordinator Sean McVay and secondary coach Raheem Morris. Ike Hilliard, just re-hired as the team’s wide receivers coach, played for the Buccaneers during that time.

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