According to Jason La Canfora, the Washington Football Team is interested in former Texans GM Rick Smith again this year to fill its current general manager vacancy.
Smith was a strong candidate for the Washington general manager opening at the beginning of this year. But the two sides elected to wait and Washington VP of player personnel Kyle Smith has filled the role for HC Ron Rivera in 2020.
Kyle Smith is also expected to interview for the role. While Rivera has the final say on personnel in Washington, La Canfora says owner Dan Snyder is expected to hire a general manager this year to collaborate with Rivera.
Smith took a leave of absence from Houston following the 2017 season to take care of his wife after she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She passed away in 2019 and after taking more time away, Smith appears to be ready to return to football.
Smith began his NFL coaching career with the Broncos back in 1996 as their assistant defensive backs coach before he took over as their director of pro personnel in 2000.
After 11 seasons with the Broncos, Smith departed to become the general manager of the Texans. He was elevated to GM/executive VP in 2012.
During his time as the Texans’ GM, Smith led them to a record of 92-100 (48.1 percent), which included four playoff appearances over the course of 12 seasons.
We’ll have more regarding Washington’s GM search as the news is available.