Redskins hire Allen as new GM

The Washington Redskins have hired Bruce Allen as executive vice president/general manager, reports NFL Network’s Michael Lombardi. Earlier Thursday morning, the Redskins announced that Vinny Cerrato had resigned as the team’s VP of football operations.

According to Lombardi, Allen will be the first Redskins official with GM in his title since Charley Casserly. Allen, 53, a former GM of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and front-office executive with the Oakland Raiders, is the son of Redskins Hall of Fame coach George Allen.

“Bruce Allen is the personification of an NFL winner,” Redskins owner Daniel Snyder said in a team statement. “Our fans know his heritage; we know his abilities. He is the right person to lead our club.”

Allen said he would begin work for the Redskins immediately.

“This is an extraordinary opportunity with one of the world’s most successful sports franchises,” said Allen. “I love everything about this assignment; I know what it means to be dedicated to the Redskins. I can’t wait to get to work.”

From 2004-08, Allen served as general manager of the Buccaneers, which included their 2005 and 2007 NFC South championships.

Allen joined the management team of the Oakland Raiders in 1995, where during nine seasons he was part of three AFC West championships, two appearances in the AFC Championship Game and a berth in Super Bowl XXXVII.

Allen’s late father, who was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002, was head coach of the Redskins from 1971-77.

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