Bruce Allen promoted to Washington Redskins president

Washington Redskins Executive Vice President and General Manager Bruce Allen speaks as Jay Gruden is introduced as the new head coach of the Washington Redskins at a press conference at Redskins Park on January 9, 2014
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The Washington Redskins promote Bruce Allen to team president, while he will also keep his position as general manager.

The Washington Redskins have promoted Bruce Allen to president and general manager of the franchise.

Allen had previously held the general manager title with the Redskins but was officially the team's executive vice president before his promotion.

He has been with the Redskins since 2009 having joined following stints with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Oakland Raiders.

"I think the world of Bruce Allen and giving him both titles is appropriate," read a statement from team owner Dan Snyder.

Allen has been at the forefront of the Redskins' battles to keep their name despite pressure from groups claiming that it is offensive to Native Americans.

Robert Griffin III #10 of the Washington Redskins runs the ball against the Seattle Seahawks during the NFC Wild Card Playoff Game at FedExField on January 6, 2013
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