Glazer: Cerrato out, Allen in as Redskins boss

Vinny Cerrato is out in Washington and the Redskins are turning to

a name that has been largely under the radar but will keep it in

the family.

In a story first reported by FOXSports.com early Thursday

morning, The Washington Redskins announced Thursday that Cerrato

has stepped down as executive vice president of football

operations.

The team confirms that his replacement will be former Bucs

and Raiders head honcho Bruce Allen. The Redskins have announced

that Allen — son of the late legendary Redskins head coach

George Allen — will be hired as executive vice president and

general manager.

“Bruce Allen is the personification of an NFL winner,” said

Redskins owner Daniel Snyder. “Our fans know his heritage; we know

his abilities. He is the right person to lead our club.”

Most recently Allen was general manager with the Tampa Bay

Buccaneers. Prior to Tampa, he was a senior assistant with the

Oakland Raiders. In 2002, he was named NFL Executive of the Year.

It is unclear who the team interviewed to satisfy the Rooney

Rule or if such an interview has taken place yet. They cannot hire

Allen until a minority candidate is interviewed for the position.

Cerrato has long been team owner Daniel Snyder’s

right-hand man, but has been highly criticized within league

circles. It was widely assumed that whomever Snyder wanted to

rescue his team would want Cerrato out.

Cerrato had held his VP responsibilities for the past two

years, and previously served in five different roles beginning in

1999.

In a statement, Cerrato said he has had conversations with

Snyder recently regarding the next steps for the club.

“We agreed that the franchise needs someone different

in this position,” Cerrato said in a statement released by

the team. “I’m thankful to Dan Snyder and other members

of his ownership team for the opportunities I’ve been given

over the years.”

Now that they have locked up Allen, an entirely new question

arises regarding Jon Gruden. Allen and Gruden worked together with

the Raiders and Bucs. Though Gruden has re-upped with ESPN, there

is a strong connection between the two.

Mike Shanahan’s name has also long been strongly linked to

that coaching job.