Keeping with a trend of clearing out tenured front office employees, the Redskins have mutually parted ways with long-time general counsel Eric Schaffer.

Schaffer has been one of the most trustworthy and competent employees at Redskins Park for some time and many thought he could be in line for a promotion with Bruce Allen fired. 

This could also be a situation where Schaffer realized that there was not a promotion coming once new head coach Ron Rivera took over. And without a promotion, and perhaps with a demotion, Schaffer put himself in a position where his ouster was the only tenable situation. 

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to Dan Snyder for bringing me into the NFL and allowing me to be a Washington Redskin for the past 17 seasons. It was a privilege serving this historic franchise as both Senior Vice President of Football Operations and General Counsel and a blessing to have worked with so many incredible people,” said Schaffer in a statement released by the team. “While I will miss the players, my friends, colleagues, and the tremendous Washington Redskins' fans, my family and I are excited for our next chapter.”

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reported that Panthers executive director of player finance Rob Rogers is a top candidate to replace Schaffer, citing his familiarity with Rivera. The Redskins have hired several former Panthers staff members, including offensive coordinator Scott Turner and head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion.

The Schaffer news comes almost two weeks after the Redskins fired former team president Bruce Allen and head athletic trainer Larry Hess. Fan outrage made keeping Allen any longer an impossible situation, and player outrage made keeping Hess any longer an impossible situation. 


There never has there been a clearer signal that the Redskins are truly overhauling their organization. 

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