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Report: Washington interested in former Texans GM Rick Smith

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While the Washington Football Team pushes for a division title, their impending general manager search is picking up steam off as the season draws to a close and more candidates become available. 

A candidate the team considered last season after Bruce Allen was fired has come up again, though Ron Rivera isn't ready to discuss the GM situation quite yet

Washington reportedly has interest in former Texans general manager Rick Smith to oversee their football operations, according to CBS Sports' Jason La Canfora.

Owner Dan Snyder had conversations with Smith last year about the role, but the two sides didn't come to an agreement. Washington went on to task vice president of player personnel Kyle Smith with the role alongside Rivera. 

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Smith served as the Texans' general manager from 2006-2017 and was promoted to executive vice president of football operations in 2012.

During his time in the front office, Houston drafted key contributors such as DeMeco Ryans, Duane Brown, JJ Watt, DeAndre Hopkins, Brandon Brooks, Whitney Mercilus and Deshaun Watson. 

In 2017, Smith took an extended leave of absence to care for his wife, who later died after being diagnosed with breast cancer. In December of 2018, the Texans fired Smith.

Per La Canfora's story, Smith has already interviewed for the Falcons opening and plans to interview with the Lions.