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                   === Redskins hire ex-Chargers GM Smith ===
 
 Ashburn,  VA (Sports Network) - The Washington Redskins announced on Wednesday
 that  the team  has added former San Diego Chargers general manager A.J. Smith
 to its front office staff.
 
 Smith  will hold the  title of senior executive and is expected to serve in an
 advisory role to current GM Bruce Allen.
 
 The  64-year-old Smith  helped the Chargers to five AFC West titles during his
 10-year  run  as GM and was  named the NFL's Executive  of the Year by the Pro
 Football  Writers Association  in 2004. However, he was relieved of his duties
 in  January  after San  Diego failed to  qualify for the  playoffs for a third
 straight year this past season.
 
 Smith  spent  a total of 14  years with the Chargers  and owns 28 years of NFL
 experience,  including a stint as the Buffalo Bills' director of pro personnel
 from 1993-2000.
 
 The  Rhode  Island  native  will  be joining  a  Redskins'  organization  that
 currently has his son, Kyle, on staff as an area scout.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 03/06 14:45:47 ET