- The Washington Times - Monday, January 28, 2002

THE WASHINGTON TIMES
As expected, Vinny Cerrato finalized a deal last night to return to the Washington Redskins as director of player personnel.
Cerrato, who was fired from the post by former coach Marty Schottenheimer in February, comes back with decreased responsibility. Vice president of football operations Joe Mendes, hired last week, has the highest role in the department, including the power to hire and fire scouts.
Cerrato played a key role in assembling the 2000 Redskins, who finished 8-8 despite an NFL-record payroll approaching $100 million. Washington signed free agents like Bruce Smith, Deion Sanders and Jeff George and drafted young Pro Bowl picks LaVar Arrington and Chris Samuels that offseason.
The deal is for two years, and Cerrato is expected to begin work next week following the Super Bowl. Area scout Ron Nay is expected to head up college scouting, leaving the future of current director of college scouting Scott Campbell in doubt.
The Redskins' major vacancy now is defensive coordinator. Former coordinator Kurt Schottenheimer can return to the post if he likes but he has been waiting to find out whether his brother, Marty Schottenheimer, will become the new coach in San Diego. Marty Schottenheimer reportedly was finalizing a deal last night.
Jody Foldesy and Rick Snider

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