By Harvey Hoffman
The Redskins are going to wait until after the NFL draft in late April to hit a new general manager.
And CBS Sports reports that the most chatter is about Colts executive Morocco Brown.
Brown is very well regarded in Indianapolis, where he helped Chris Ballard quickly upgrade one of the worst rosters in the NFL, and Brown was a favorite of Skins owner Dan Snyder during his lengthy stint in Washington’s personnel department. He also is well regarded by Ron Rivera from their time together in Chicago, and by Joe Gibbs, a close confidant of Snyder’s and someone who Rivera has reached out to for counsel.
Brown already worked with much of the staff in Washington, should they end up retaining scouts and lower-tiered executives. It appears for now as if longtime Skins contract negotiator/cap guru Eric Schaffer will be out after the draft — he’s done tremendous work for that organization under extreme duress for a long time and should be considered by other organization for a multitude of roles — and at the very least a handful of football operations employees will be reshuffled or let go by May.
If Snyder does hire someone as a team resident to replace Bruce Allen, who he recently fired after 10 years, there is talk within the Skins organization about him tabbing longtime Vikings GM Rick Spielman for that role. The Vikings could be headed for a shakeup if they lose to the Saints this weekend, and with Rivera getting more control in personnel for the first time in his career, having someone with significant experience as an evaluator/GM in the building is something Snyder is mulling, I’m told.