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Redskins Hire Former Chargers GM A.J. Smith

San Diego’s general manager for the last 10 seasons before being fired in December, Smith is likely to assume some type of scouting and talent evaluation role for the Redskins.


The Redskins announced Wednesday morning that A.J. Smith, who spent the previous 10 seasons as San Diego’s general manager, has been hired as a senior executive.

Smith, 64, a longtime friend of Redskins general manager Bruce Allen, will serve in an undisclosed role that will likely have to do with talent evaluation. He has been involved in scouting since 1978, when he served in a part-time role with New England.

San Diego went 95-65 during his tenure as general manager and finished first in the AFC West five times, though it had not made the playoffs since 2009 and went 7-9 in 2012, leading to the firings of Smith and head coach Norv Turner on Dec. 31.

Smith’s son, Kyle, is an area scout for the Redskins and is responsible for the southeast portion of the country.

News of Smith’s hiring was first reported over a week ago by U-T San Diego.