May 27 2014, 3:50am CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
"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 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 a 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."
"It's unclear how much, if at all, Allen's role will change with the additional title. A team spokesman wrote in a text message that Allen 'oversees the organization,' but Allen has held multiple responsibilities in different levels of the franchise since his hiring.
"The announcement comes three days after a letter written by Allen to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, defending the team's nickname was accompanied by the new title.
"Allen did not immediately return a request for comment Monday afternoon."
Allen added several people whom he has had past professional ties with to the Redskins organization this year. Among them are former San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith (front-office assistant) and his former front-office assistant with the Buccaneers and Redskins quarterback Doug Williams (front-office executive), notes The Washington Post's Mike Jones.
The letter which Allen wrote and defends the Redskins' nickname can be read here.
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