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A.J. Smith won’t be back in Washington front office

A J Smith

A J Smith

AP

A.J. Smith has been a fixture in NFL front offices for most of the last three decades, but he’s set to be out of work heading into the 2015 season.

Smith has spent the last two years working for the Redskins as a personnel consultant to team president Bruce Allen. Smith, who joined the Redskins after being fired as the Chargers’ General Manager, said this weekend that he was unable to come to agreement on a deal to return for a third year.

“A contract could not be worked out,” Smith said, via the Providence Journal. “I was too high. They were too low. We wished each other the very best and parted ways. Just another NFL business transaction.”

The arrival of General Manager Scot McCloughan likely paved the way for Smith’s departure in Washington as there’s much less need to meet Smith’s price tag with someone else in charge of the personnel side of the shop. Smith said he plans to “contemplate future plans” with his family before deciding on a next step.