Redskins part ways with VP of football operations Eric Schaffer

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Washington Redskins senior vice president of football operations Eric Schaffer, who was once considered a top candidate to assume more power in the organization, is now leaving the organization, Craig Hoffman of 106.7 The Fan confirms.

This says a lot about Eric. Mike's most notable negotiation with Washington was Kirk Cousins. When you have two sides that were that far apart and still maintain respect? That's impressive. https://t.co/T32PhcGfen

— Craig Hoffman (@CraigHoffman) January 9, 2020

Schaffer, who finished his 17th season with the Redskins in 2019, was seen as a top candidate to assume more power in the organization after the firing of longtime team president Bruce Allen. However, reports after the hiring of Ron Rivera to be the next head coach indicated Schaffer's future with the franchise was not certain.

It was understood he would leave in May after the 2020 NFL Draft. However, that timeframe has now changed. Ian Rapoport of NFL Network was first to report the news.

The top candidate to replace him is #Panthers executive director of player finance Rob Rogers, who obviously has familiarity with Ron Rivera. https://t.co/0R92lIrBSo

— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) January 9, 2020

Redskins Chief Financial Officer Stephen Choi has been doing the negotiations for coaches during this offseason, 106.7 The Fan's Grant Paulsen adds, a role previously carried out by Schaffer.

Have heard that Stephen Choi was negotiating contracts with coaches. That was previously Schaeffer's job. A good guy and good soldier is out. https://t.co/fCJSnRww5O

— Grant Paulsen (@granthpaulsen) January 9, 2020

Schaffer had served as the franchise's top contract negotiator and oversaw strategic planning and management of the salary cap.

More on this story as it develops.

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