Bruce Allen to Raiders rumors will start again

Brian Tinsman
December 09, 2018 - 12:40 pm

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With another Redskins' season crumbling under injuries and inconsistent play, owner Daniel Snyder could decide to shake things up in the front office this offseason.

Earlier this week, 106.7 The Fan's Chris Russell reported that Snyder is still "furious" with team President Bruce Allen and could shift him out of personnel and into a stadium negotiations role.

Another possibility: he could get shipped to the West Coast.

According to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports, Oakland Raiders General Manager Reggis McKenzie will be out after the 2018 season ends.

McKenzie has been in charge of the Raiders' roster since 2012, building a young team with talent on both sides of the roster. Jon Gruden, brother to Redskins' coach Jay Gruden, was hired as head coach last offseason, with final say over roster moves. This leaves McKenzie with more of a ceremonial role as he has watched Gruden ship off pieces like McKenzie's former first-round picks Khalil Mack and Amari Cooper for draft picks.

It makes sense that Gruden would want to have more say over who those new picks will be, and would look for a general manager who could make that happen.

Enter Bruce Allen, who worked with Jon Gruden in both Oakland and Tampa Bay before bringing Jay Gruden to coach in Washington. Allen is accustomed to a backseat role on personnel, doing so with Gruden before and reprising that role with Mike Shanahan in Washington.

He has even brought in outside help in Washington, previously tapping A.J. Smith, Scot McCloughan and Doug Williams. It's unclear how the power structure worked in each of these arrangements, but Allen doesn't mind sharing power (until he does).

Rumors of Allen going to Oakland swirled as recently as May, when he joined Pat Kirwan and Jim Miller on on SiriusXM NFL Radio to deny the rumors:

"Well, first of all, I do like the Silver and Black, and I think Mark Davis, Reggie [McKenzie] and Jon are going to do great. And I’m so excited for them to go to Vegas," Allen said. "But I’m not going there...I have a job to do, and we’re really looking forward to this season, and what we’re going to be doing off the field here, and future stadiums in Washington."

The stadium has long been in Allen's to-do list, even as the Redskins have a lease at FedExField that runs through 2027. According to Russell, Allen could focus on negotiations while losing his role in personnel.

"From not only my source but others, indicating that this is very much a reality, that Dan is fed up, frustrated... and for good reason," Russell told The Sports Junkies on 106.7 The Fan. "And Bruce and his way of handling the Doug Williams situation, putting Doug in charge when Doug shouldn't be a corporate spokesman for the front office, all of that.

"I could see Bruce – I don't think it'll happen right this week – I could see Bruce soon getting removed from president of football operations."

With McKenzie reportedly on the way out, Allen possibly has a familiar place to land.


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