Report: Washington won't hire new general manager until after NFL draft

Shalise Manza YoungYahoo Sports Contributor

Washington team owner Dan Snyder decided — or finally decided, to many of the team’s fans — to fire Bruce Allen at the end of last month, ending the reign of the unpopular but all-powerful team executive.

Ron Rivera has since been hired as head coach, but Washington may wait a while to hire a general manager to put together a roster.

Following a report from NBC Sports Washington’s Julie Donaldson a few days ago, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported on Sunday that Washington is planning to wait until after April’s NFL draft to hire a general manager. Citing league sources, Schefter wrote that the team’s “thinking is that they still have people in place for now, though anyone in the front office is in jeopardy after the draft.”

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That came at the end of a brief item in which Schefter said Snyder nearly hired former Houston Texans general manager Rick Smith as team president.

Smith and Snyder had several meetings in the Bahamas, discussing a vision for the franchise.

Ultimately, Snyder opted to run the team through the head coach instead of a president, which seems to indicate that Rivera will have a significant say in who is ultimately hired for the front office.

While he may not end up in Washington, it’s a good sign for Smith that he’s ready to return to the NFL. The 49-year-old has been out of football for over a year; his wife, Tiffany, battled breast cancer before dying last January 31 at just 49.

Washington team owner Dan Snyder will reportedly wait until after April's draft to hire a general manager. (Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)
Washington team owner Dan Snyder will reportedly wait until after April's draft to hire a general manager. (Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images)

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