Redskins hire Rob Rogers as salary cap expert, move on from Schaffer
By Ian Cummings
The Redskins were scheduled to remove Eric Schaffer from the front office in May, but with Schaffer’s consent, the two sides chose to part ways early.
There’s no sense dragging out the inevitable in the football world, and the Washington Redskins know this well from recent experience. It seems as though they’re learning; they’ve expedited the movement that was due to occur in the front office in just a few months.
Namely, vice president of football operations Eric Schaffer is out the door. It was confirmed recently that Schaffer would likely be removed from the organization in May, after free agency and the 2020 NFL Draft. But per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Redskins and Schaffer have mutually agreed to part ways early, so that Ron Rivera can move forward will his organizational reconstruction, and so Schaffer can explore other opportunities.
2019 was Schaffer’s seventeenth season as a front office executive for the Redskins, and his third season in his role as Vice President of Football Operations. He was widely respected as a competent salary cap manager, as as Rapoport echoed, the respect for Schaffer around the league will likely lead to him getting a job elsewhere in due time.
Rivera already reportedly has a replacement in mind for Schaffer: Former Panthers executive Rob Rogers. Rogers has officially been hired by the Redskins, per ESPN’s John Keim. Rogers was the Panthers primary contract negotiator for the entirety of Rivera’s tenure in Carolina, and before that, he’d been with Carolina since the franchise’s inception.
Rogers brings an experience similar to Schaffer’s to the Redskins job, so the move isn’t a downgrade. There is some minor concern surrounding the analytics portion of his resume, but when dealing with contracts, that conflict isn’t likely to be a major obstruction. The Redskins front office is taking new shape earlier than expected, and Schaffer is the next to go.