The Redskins have reportedly fired their top two executives in the pro scouting department, and now we know who their replacements will be. Eric Santos and Richard Mann II have reportedly been let go, and they will be replaced by two former Carolina Panthers executives. It was reported yesterday that Don Warren, a 3-time Super Bowl champion with the the Redskins, will be hired as the Assistant Director of Player Personnel. Warren was a pro scout with the Panthers for the last 10 years.
Today, it’s being reported that another former Panthers executive is joining Ron Rivera’s front office. Eric Stokes was promoted to the role of Director of College Scouting last year, and he will have the title of Director of Pro Scouting in Washington. Stokes was the Director of College Scouting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 2012-2014 before joining the Miami Dolphins as Assistant GM in 2014. Prior to Tampa Bay, Stokes worked for the Seattle Seahawks, starting as an area scout from 2000 to 2001 and 2005 to 2009, with a stint in the pro personnel department from 2002-2004. In 2010, he was promoted to the Assistant Director of College Scouting, where he worked until joining the Buccaneers.
Washington is hiring former Panthers’ director of college scouting Eric Stokes as Director of Pro Scouting, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 14, 2020
So former Panthers’ HC Ron Rivera now has another familiar face joining him in Washington.
From an article on Panthers.com last year talking about his promotion to Director of College Scouting:
Eric Stokes, in his fourth season with the Panthers, has been named director of college scouting. He originally joined the Panthers in 2016 as a Southwest area scout before being named regional director of college scouting in 2018. He has 20 seasons of playing and scouting experience in the NFL.
“Eric will be involved in all the day-to-day management and scheduling of the college staff as well as continue his role as a key evaluator for us,” Hurney said.