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Washington football team parts with two longtime front office members

Washington football team parts with two longtime front office members

Two longtime members of Washington's front office -- Alex Santos and Richard Mann II -- have been fired just a few weeks before training camp is set to begin, NBC Sports Washington's JP Finlay has confirmed. The news was first reported by The Athletic's Ben Standig and Rhiannon Walker, as well as Les Carpenter of The Washington Post.

Santos, who served as Washington's director of pro personnel, had been with the organization since 2006. Throughout his tenure in Washington, Santos served as a pro personnel assistant, a pro scout and advanced scout before being promoted to the director role in 2014. His work was widely respected around the NFL. 

Mann, the assistant director of pro personnel, was entering his 11th season with Washington and fourth in the assistant role.

Both Santos and Mann served instrumental roles in evaluating free agents and opponent scouting.

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The shakeup is the latest of multiple personnel changes in the front office since longtime team president Bruce Allen was fired in late December and well-respected head coach Ron Rivera was hired by owner Dan Snyder. The team has yet to formally hire a replacement for Allen. Senior VP of Player Personnel Kyle Smith served a GM-like role during April's NFL Draft.

Other front office changes Washington has endured this offseason include parting with Eric Schaffer, who spent 17 years with the franchise as the organization's respected salary-cap guru and general counsel. He held the role of VP of football operations before he was let go. Rivera hired former Panthers' front office staffer Rob Rogers to replace Schaffer. Additionally, Doug Williams was reassigned from the pro personnel department to player department.

With the name change still at the forefront, these moves could portend yet another wild week in Ashburn. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates at NBC Sports Washington.

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This Washington Football fan created the ultimate design for the name ‘Scouts’

This Washington Football fan created the ultimate design for the name ‘Scouts’

One Washington Football fan took the hypothetical designs to the next level in his complete rebranding of the team under the name ‘Washington Scouts.’

Michigan-based graphic designer Zack Rueger proposed Scouts to replace Washington’s previous mascot in hopes of honoring Native Americans. In describing his inspiration, he wrote, “Scouts celebrates the proud tradition of Native American culture and the inclusion of scouts into the military.”

He went on to reference the impacts Native Americans had on the military such as the 29 Native American soldiers who were awarded the Medal of Honor or the Alamo Scouts during World War II who ran 108 missions without losing a single person. Rather than removing the team's previous connection to Native American culture, Rueger believed Washington could honor them in its new name.

In addition to coining a name, he created a plethora of logos, jerseys and branded designs that the team could use. First, he designed three separate logos: a word mark logo, a primary logo and a throwback logo. The word mark logo features the team’s name in a box below the city name. The primary logo is a ‘W’ with a feather in the middle. The throwback logo is a scout riding a horse on top of a football. 

Next, Rueger designed four different uniforms: home, away, throwback and color rush. The home uniforms feature the traditional burgundy jersey with gold pants and a gold helmet. The away combination is a white jersey, gold helmet and burgundy pants. The throwbacks are a burgundy and white combo, similar to the away jerseys but with a white helmet that showcases the throwback logo. Finally, the color rush jerseys are predominately gold with accents of burgundy. 

However, Rueger didn’t stop with logos and uniforms. He also created advertisements, mock tickets, hypothetical social media posts for game day, fan merchandise like branded hoodies and hats and even a website layout for the team. 

While Scouts is new to the team name discussion and hasn’t been considered a frontrunner, Rueger made it especially easy to visualize the change happening with this detailed rebranding.

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Washington is reportedly bringing in a six-year veteran receiver to help fill out the offense

Washington is reportedly bringing in a six-year veteran receiver to help fill out the offense

Washington's group of receivers is about to become a lot more experienced and a little deeper thanks to a pending Monday signing.

To help fill out one of the weaker areas on the roster, the team is reportedly going to bring in Dontrelle Inman, according to Ian Rapoport. Inman's physical, which Rapoport says should be completed soon, is the last step of the transaction.

The 31-year-old will immediately become the oldest option at the position, taking that designation away from the 27-year-old Cody Latimer. Ron Rivera has explained multiple times this offseason how he wants at least one established pro on the outside to help lead up-and-comers like Terry McLaurin, Steven Sims and Antonio Gandy-Golden. For now, Inman looks like he'll be the guy for that role.

Last year, Inman caught 12 passes for 181 yards in seven total games (three with the Colts and four with the Chargers). His best output came in 2016 with then-San Diego, when he posted 58 receptions for 810 yards and four scores.

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The focus for Inman will now be catching up on Scott Turner's playbook. If he's able to do that, he could have a real shot at sticking with Washington for 2020, especially with Latimer currently on the Commissioner's Exempt list and Kelvin Harmon recovering from a torn ACL.

In fact, it doesn't even feel that crazy to say Inman could eventually be in the mix for a starting spot, considering how unproven the other in-house choices are.

At the very least, the signing gives the Washington Football Team someone who's shown they can be productive in the NFL. That's a pretty low bar for an August move, of course, but it's also just the reality of what Rivera and Turner are working with on offense right now. 

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