Bruce Allen says he's not going to the Raiders

Chris Lingebach
May 01, 2018 - 4:45 pm
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Redskins team president Bruce Allen says he is not taking a role within the Raiders organization, despite reports hinting otherwise.

"Well, first of all, I do like the Silver and Black," Allen told Jim Miller and Pat Kirwan of SiriusXM NFL Radio Tuesday. "I think Mark Davis, Reggie (McKenzie) and Jon (Gruden) are going to do great and I'm so excited for them to go to Vegas, but I'm not going there. And I'm not going to play shortstop for the Nationals, either, tonight."

"I have a job to do," he said. "And we're really looking forward to this season and what we're going to be doing off the field here in future stadiums in Washington."

Many Redskins fans rejoiced upon hearing the news of Allen's potential departure. On Friday, CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora included a line about Allen's future at the bottom of his draft notes.

There continue to be steady rumblings in the scouting and personnel community that Skins team president Bruce Allen could end up back with the Raiders in some capacity after the draft and some wonder if Gruden shuffles his personnel department more after the draft.

By Monday, two more national NFL writers had corroborated La Canfora's information.

"Changes are expected, sooner or later," Mike Florio wrote for Pro Football Talk. "There’s a belief in league circles that Washington president Bruce Allen hopes to eventually return to the Raiders, where he'd reunite with coach Jon Gruden. Both were previously together with the Raiders and, after that, the Buccaneers."

"If it happens," he went on, "the thinking is that Allen would serve in an executive-type role, with no direct input over personnel but a significant role in managing the business — including the team’s new Las Vegas stadium."

Mike Freeman of Bleacher Report later said the same, but added that the interest was "mutual" between Allen and the Raiders.

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