Head coach Ron Rivera will hold much of the power over roster decisions, but the Washington Football Team intends to hire a general manager this offseason anyway.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the search for a GM “will begin in earnest when the season ends.”
Among the names linked to the position by Rapoport: former Houston Texans GM Rick Smith, former Carolina Panthers GM Marty Hurney and current 49ers VP of player personnel Martin Mayhew.
Smith has actually been mentioned as a possibility for several chief of football operations vacancies, including those with the Detroit Lions and Atlanta Falcons. He left the Texans in 2017 to care for his wife, who died following a battle with breast cancer.
VP of player personnel Kyle Smith has been working alongside Rivera when it comes to roster decisions this season, but Smith is “no longer in line to be the top person overseeing the roster,” according to Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports.
One of those roster decisions involved waiving quarterback Dwayne Haskins on Monday.
Washington (6-9) can clinch the NFC East and a trip to the playoffs with a win over the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday night. Should Washington lose, the winner of Sunday’s game between the Dallas Cowboys (5-10) and New York Giants (ditto) will be your 2020 NFC Least champions.