Cerrato out as Redskins VP

Washington Redskins VP of football operations Vinny Cerrato has resigned from the team, it was announced Thursday morning. Cerrato has been with owner Daniel Snyder since he purchased the team a decade ago, save for the 2001 season.

According to NFL Network’s Jason La Canfora, the Redskins could be announcing a hire today as well. The team has been linked in the coaching rumor mill with Mike Shanahan. More news is expected to emerge from Redskins Park today.

According to La Canfora, Shanahan is likely to be the Redskins next coach. He also reports that Bruce Allen, former Tampa Bay general manager and the son of Redskins Hall of Fame coach George Allen, could be a front-office candidate.

“We agreed that the franchise needs someone different in this position,” Cerrato said in a team statement. “I’m thankful to Dan Snyder and other members of his ownership team for the opportunities I’ve been given over the years.

“Of course, I am disappointed with this year’s results, but I strongly believe that with outstanding draft picks and encouraging performance by our younger players, we have laid a strong foundation for the franchise.”

Cerrato joined the Redskins in 1999. He was fired in 2001 by then-head coach Marty Schottenheimer, then re-hired by Snyder in 2002. Since he began his second stint with the team, Washington has a record of 54-71, with two playoff appearances.

Snyder thanked Cerrato for the work he has accomplished.

“More importantly, he is my friend, and he has always been there for me and the Redskins,” Snyder said. “He’s the consummate optimist and has always made decisions based on what would be the best for the team.”

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