Redskins off-field updates from the bye week in Week 11
By Ian Cummings
Rumblings of a new owner entice Redskins fans
Dan Snyder is the root of the problem in Ashburn, and while Bruce Allen gets plenty of blame in the personnel department, Snyder is the one who lets him stay, and Snyder is the one who keeps getting in his own way.
Snyder’s failure over his two-decade span as the Redskins owner has been very well-documented, and very poorly received. Fans of the once-proud Washington franchise are flocking to other sports in the area experiencing success, and waiting patiently for their “Get Out of Jail Free” card.
They might just have one now.
According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos reportedly has interest in becoming a part of the NFL owners’ club, and he’s grown close to some of the league’s owners, including Redskins owner Dan Snyder. Bezos is “in the process of moving to Washington”, and there’s a very remote possibility that he and Snyder could strike a deal.
At this point, this entire notion is only theoretical. A lot has to happen for Bezos to become an owner anywhere, and in the article, the Seahawks and Broncos are presented as two franchises due to be sold in the near future, and either of those franchises would likely be more enticing than the mess in Washington. Still, Washington has a rich history, and Bezos could gravitate toward the idea of turning around a franchise in limbo.
Because Bezos is such a public figure with so many operations currently in place, it’s worth noting that, if he ever were to buy the Redskins franchise, a branding change would be a distinct possibility, in order to limit negative feedback from the purchase of the franchise.
The possibility of Dan Snyder selling, of course, almost isn’t worth discussing; the former Redskins fan, if not determined to blindly go forward in hopes of finding a solution, simply doesn’t care anymore, and only takes pride in being the owner of his favorite childhood football team. No one can say what Snyder is thinking, as he’s a very private person. But selling probably isn’t on his to-do list.