Vinny Cerrato resigns as Redskins’ GM

vinny-cerratoVinny Cerato, Executive Vice President for Football Operations (General Manager) for the Washington Redskins has resigned after the team starts the season with a 4-9 record.

Cerrato was hired by the Redskins in 1999. During this time, he acquired older big name stars like Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders, Irving Fryar, Jeff George, and Mark Carrier. He was then fired by Marty Schottenheimer in 2001 but was subsequently rehired by owner Daniel Snyder in 2002 as Vice President for Football Operations. The Redskins have posted a cumulative 52-65 regular season won–lost record during this second stint.

In a statement, Cerrato said that he had numerous conversations with Daniel Snyder over the past several weeks and they agreed the franchise “needs someone different in this position.”

The Redskins hired Bruce Allen as Mr. Cerrato’s replacement just hours after his resignation.

Allen is the son of former Redskins coach George Allen and is the former GM of the Raiders and Bucs.

“Bruce Allen is the personification of an NFL winner,” said Daniel Snyder.  “Our fans know his heritage; we know his abilities. He is the right person to lead our club.”