Redskins' Bruce Allen has a new title

Redskins' Bruce Allen has a new title
May 26, 2014, 9:00 pm
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Washington Redskins Daniel Snyder, left, and general manager Bruce Allen before an NFL football game against the Oakland Raiders in Oakland, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.

(AP Photo/Ben Margot)

The Redskins have promoted Bruce Allen to president and general manager, the team announced Monday afternoon.

Allen had previously held the dual titles of executive vice president and general manager since being hired after the 2009 season.

On the day Mike Shanahan was fired, Allen indicated he would be assuming more power and control within the organization, saying, “the control will be mine” and “that power will be me with me” in response to a question about the chain of command in the personnel dept.

Now Allen has a title that reflects that expanded power.

During the previous four seasons, Shanahan had final say over all personnel decisions. But since Shanahan was fired five months ago, those responsibilities have belonged to Allen.

Allen directed the coaching search that brought Jay Gruden to Washington. He presided over a busy free agency period highlighted by the pricy acquisitions of wide receiver DeSean Jackson and defensive lineman Jason Hatcher. Allen was also the architect of a draft that featured pair of trades that parlayed six picks into eight.

"I think the world of Bruce Allen and giving him both titles is appropriate,” owner Dan Snyder said in a statement.

Before joining the Redskins, Allen served as the Buccaneers general manager from 2004-2008.