FRONT OFFICE TO STAY THE SAME

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FRONT OFFICE TO STAY THE SAME

Postby gambit187 » Thu Dec 18, 2003 9:02 am

Redskins Stand Pat At the Top
Player-Decision Setup To Remain Unchanged
By Mark Maske
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, December 18, 2003; Page D01


As the Washington Redskins prepare for another offseason of significant roster retooling, the team plans to keep the same front-office structure for a second straight year, sources said yesterday.




Coach Steve Spurrier, vice president of football operations Vinny Cerrato and owner Daniel Snyder will continue to share the responsibility of making most of the club's player-related decisions, according to sources. Cerrato's contract expires soon, but the two have been discussing a contract extension.

Spurrier is slated to outline for the team's other decision-makers what needs he thinks the club must address in the offseason. Cerrato will coordinate the team's scouting efforts, getting coaches and members of the personnel department to evaluate players and compile position-by-position lists of attractive free agents. Snyder will serve as the closer on major contract negotiations, dealing with agents with help from Cerrato and Eric Schaffer, the team's salary cap expert.

That's the setup the Redskins used last offseason in a string of aggressive free-agent acquisitions for Spurrier's offense. Cerrato oversaw lengthy scouting sessions over a span of a few weeks and provided Snyder with binders full of detailed information on players and rankings of free agents. The Redskins used Snyder's private jet to aid in the recruiting process, and Snyder spent more than $30 million in signing bonuses to add a group of free agents that included wide receiver Laveranues Coles, guards Randy Thomas and Dave Fiore, running back and kick returner Chad Morton, place kicker John Hall, safety Matt Bowen and defensive linemen Regan Upshaw and Brandon Noble.

The Redskins spent about $86 million on players' bonuses and salaries this season but are en route to their second consecutive losing season under Spurrier, with eight losses in 10 games and a record of 5-9 entering Sunday's game at Chicago.

The club likely will focus on remaking its defensive line, searching for a pass-rushing end and a run-stuffing tackle or two. The Redskins also could contemplate making significant additions at tight end, running back, safety and linebacker.

First, they will have to deal with three-time Pro Bowl cornerback Champ Bailey, who is in the final season of his contract and is eligible for unrestricted free agency. He rejected a nine-year, $55 million contract offer -- including a tiered bonus of $14.75 million -- before the season. The Redskins, according to sources, plan to use their franchise-player tag to limit Bailey's mobility if they're unable to agree to a long-term deal with him. That approach would ensure the Redskins of keeping Bailey or receiving compensation if they allow him to go elsewhere.

Former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Darrell Russell also is eligible for unrestricted free agency, and the Redskins likely will try to rework the hefty contracts of linebacker LaVar Arrington and left tackle Chris Samuels. They have been discussing a contract extension with Arrington's representatives.

Spurrier has said he might seek more influence over player-related decisions as he gained experience as an NFL coach. Snyder put the current front-office structure in place last year after originally planning to hire Bobby Beathard as his general manager when he hired Spurrier in January 2002. Snyder's near deal with Beathard unraveled, and he split the GM duties between Cerrato and Joe Mendes until Mendes reached a financial settlement with Snyder last offseason to leave the organization. Cerrato then had his title changed from director of player personnel to VP of football operations.

Snyder returned to an active role in free agent negotiations last offseason after staying out of the player-acquisition mix for a year as part of his arrangement with former coach Marty Schottenheimer. Under this setup, Snyder also casts the tiebreaking vote when Spurrier and Cerrato disagree, siding with Spurrier last April in the decision to draft wide receiver Taylor Jacobs and with Cerrato just before the season in the decision to release quarterback Danny Wuerffel.

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Postby hailskins666 » Thu Dec 18, 2003 4:21 pm

well isn't that just uplifting, cheery, bull^%&* news ;furious;
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Postby HitDoctor » Thu Dec 18, 2003 9:46 pm

I think we can look forward to similar results next year. That is why I will never pay for another redskin ticket. I don't now and won't start.
it is what it is

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Postby skinsfaninroanoke » Fri Dec 19, 2003 10:15 am

Deck the halls with the same old folly
Fa la la la laaaaaa la la la laaaaaaa

Hailskins - I agree.
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Postby Guest » Fri Dec 19, 2003 12:19 pm

Yea and nobody at Skins park has learned a damn thing. Another season of dissapointment. LMAO.

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