SOURCES: Doug Williams receives planned one-year extension

Craig Hoffman
June 25, 2019 - 1:09 pm
SOURCES: Doug Williams receives planned one-year extension

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106.7 The Fan has learned that among the moves made by the Washington Redskins after the 2019 NFL Draft was a one-year extension for Senior Vice President of Player Personnel Doug Williams.

Multiple sources told The Fan's Chris Russell and Craig Hoffman that Williams received a planned extension called a "rollover," which simply keeps the current contract in place for an extra year.

This is standard in front offices across the league as a front office member is entering the final year of his/her contract. Williams signed a three-year contract on June 13, 2017 when he was elevated to his current role. The rollover year now extends that contract through 2021. If all goes well, the same will happen again for Williams a year from now, unless he decides to hold out for a new deal or positional promotion.

Williams' extension is not a multi-year, new commitment by the Redskins, but it does continue the theme of continuity that has been a staple of the Redskins front office in the post-Scot McCloughan era. While the Redskins did announce recent changes to their scouting department, it was an expansion and elevation of internal talent as opposed to a shakeup and bringing in outside influence.

Williams has been touted by Redskins President Bruce Allen as an extraordinarily special person with a good scouting eye. While his role is somewhat undefined, Williams plays a role in both pro and college scouting. His evaluations and input are taken into account in both free agency and the draft. 

He has also been the most publicly available member of the Redskins front office. Williams addressed the media at the NFL Combine and headed the pre-draft press conference.

He was also the only member of the front office to publicly speak about the team's signing of Reuben Foster, which he did on a weekly radio appearance. He apologized for comments made during that interview days later.

The Super Bowl XXII MVP started his front office career in 1995 with the Jaguars as a college scout before moving to the college level as a coach. He was the head coach at Morehead State (1997) and his alma mater, Grambling, from 1997-2003. He re-entered the NFL in 2004 with the Buccaneers as a personnel executive.

Williams took on the same role in the Redskins front office in 2014 before being promoted to his current position in 2017.

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