The Redskins confirmed the move.
The team’s former Super Bowl-winning quarterback rejoins the franchise to work for General Manager Bruce Allen.
Williams previously worked for Allen with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
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“It’s great to be home again,” Williams said in a written statement released by the team. “It also is great to be affiliated with a GM and coach who are so focused and dedicated to winning. I have only one mission: to help this team obtain the talent it needs so the fans can experience the Super Bowl they deserve.”
Williams and the Redskins had been discussing the job in recent weeks, and by last week the hiring appeared inevitable. It is not clear if Williams considered any other job offers.
“We are focused on finding people with genuine football insight and a passion for winning,” Allen said in a written statement. “As a player, coach and scout, Doug has seen it all and done it all, and we believe he has an incredible talent for identifying the type of players we want with the Redskins.”
Williams, 58, joins a front-office mix that also includes Morocco Brown, the team’s director of pro personnel, and Scott Campbell, its director of player personnel.
Allen said when the team fired Mike Shanahan as its coach following a 3-13 season that he would inherit the final say over personnel decisions formerly possessed by Shanahan. The Redskins hired Jay Gruden, who also had worked with Allen in Tampa, to replace Shanahan as coach.
Williams played for the Redskins between the 1986 and 1989 seasons. He was named the most valuable player in their Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos in January 1988. He threw for four touchdowns, all in the second quarter, and 340 yards in that game.
He nearly joined the Redskins’ front office three years ago, he has said, but went back to Grambling instead for his second stint as its coach. The school fired Williams in September.
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