Axing Donnie Warren won't aid Bruce Allen's alumni efforts
As a man with appreciation for the history of the Washington Redskins organization, one of the things new general manager Bruce Allen has done is begin reaching out to former players to bring them back into the family, a measure that might not have always been a priority for Daniel Snyder’s regime.
The Redskins want to bring players from their past back around, and Allen obviously knows many of the legends from the Over the Hill Gang that his father, Hall of Fame coach George Allen, led.
To that end, plans are in the works for a tent for alumni to use during offseason practices at Redskins Park, one source told the National Football Post. But Allen’s efforts to reach out to Redskins of the past might be undermined by the decisions made in the front office, specifically the move not to renew the contract of pro scout Donnie Warren, a 19-year employee of the organization.
It was reported earlier that Warren and national scout Russ Bolinger will not be brought back by the new regime of Allen and coach Mike Shanahan. The rumor in league circles for some time has been that the Redskins will hire the father-son scouting duo of Jim Goodman and Jeff Goodman. Shanahan worked with the Goodmans previously in Denver.
The Washington Post reports that Allen has already added Richard Mann II as a scout. Allen hired Mann in Tampa Bay three years ago as a personnel assistant. He is the son of ex-Bucs wide receivers coach Richard Mann.
The point is that Allen’s efforts to reach out to alumni are not going to go over well when they see how Warren, a tight end from 1979 to 1992 and a member of three Super Bowl champion teams, was axed. Might not be many people in that tent at Redskins Park.
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