The Washington Redskins realigned their scouting department, announcing June 15 that the team has hired Kyle Smith as the area scout for the Southwest region. Smith will swap positions with Chip Flanagan, who is moving to the Southeast region to replace Bill Baker. Baker is scheduled to retire after 22 seasons in the NFL.
Smith, a former wide receiver and punt returner at Youngstown State, came to the team as a scouting intern in 2010 after graduating college in 2005. He has spent time in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings and Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 2006 and 2007. Smith will be expected to be a vital part of Washington’s ongoing team rebuilding project.
But while Smith is a welcomed addition, the team said it will sorely miss Baker’s efforts.
“We want to thank Bill for all he has done for us over the past two years and across the National Football League for more than two decades,” Redskins Executive Vice President and General Manager Bruce Allen said in a press release. “He is a highly-respected man and has always handled himself as a true professional. We are proud he could finish his distinguished career with the Redskins and we wish him and his wife, Paula, the best in retirement.”