Bruce Allen, president of the Washington Redskins, was reportedly leaning toward joining Jon Gruden and the Oakland Raiders.
Making an appearance on SiriusXM NFL Radio this Tuesday, Allen put those rumors to bed with a definitive statement.
Breaking: @Redskins President Bruce Allen tells @JimMiller_NFL and @PatKirwanRFN he is NOT joining the Raiders and Jon Gruden.
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— SiriusXM NFL Radio (@SiriusXMNFL) May 1, 2018
“First of all, I do like the Silver and Black and I think Mark Davis, Reggie [McKenzie] and Jon [Gruden] are going to do great, and I’m so excited for them to go to Vegas. But I’m not going there,” Allen said. “And I’m not going to play shortstop for the Nationals, either tonight, so I have a job to do, and we’re really looking forward to this season…”
The connection to Oakland and Gruden made some sense, as Allen was an executive in Oakland from 1996-2003. He also won the George Young Executive of the Year award with the club during their AFC Championship year in 2002.
Still, it makes more sense for Allen to remain in Washington, where he’s the undisputed top dog. Right now, there’s no doubt that Gruden is running the show in Oakland, so if Allen had joined him he’d be taking a step back in terms of responsibility and importance.