Washington cut Malcolm Kelly yesterday, ending an injury-riddled three-year saga that began with him being one of three receivers the Redskins selected in the second round of the 2008 draft. The intrigue doesn’t quite end there, though, as Washington Post Redskins reporter-turned-sports columnist Jason Reid unleashed a string of tweets last night:
Noticed a lot of stuff today linking Vinny Cerrato with Malcolm Kelly. Let’s be clear about this: Daniel M. Snyder picked Kelly.
He picked him despite the warnings of the team’s medical staff. Several coaches on staff at time thought it was a mistake, but as one told me after Kelly was picked: “That’s what the owner wanted to do.” Just setting the record straight. Peace.
Just to be clear II: Cerrato shares responsibility for what occurred on his watch. That’s what comes with the big title and salary to match. I would never suggest otherwise. But Snyder’s supposed lack of involvement through the years is my all-time favorite fairy tale. Makes for a good laugh, though.
It’s been speculated, and even assumed, that Snyder was involved with football decisions in the past, but this is the clearest indication yet of him doing so. It was news to me. It seemed to be news to others on Twitter as well, but Reid, Washington Post sports editor Lindsay Applebaum and even the Washington Post Sports’ staff Twitter account were adamant that Reid had published this previously on the Post.
Applebaum told me to “Google it.” @PostSports suggested I “comb through The Insider’s list of Snyder-tagged posts.” And Reid said, “I mentioned this in a dead-tree edition report as well. I think it was last year when I wrote about the 2008 class.”
I believe this is the story Reid is referring to, and this is the closest it comes to saying “Snyder picked Kelly:”
Through team spokesman Tony Wyllie, Cerrato said team sources were inaccurate in portraying Snyder as having a role in the selection of Kelly.
“He had a phenomenal workout” before the draft, Cerrato said. “We all made the decision [but] Dan was not involved. He made the trip to [Oklahoma] just to offer support.”
Cerrato may have denied it then, but he seems to be singing a different tune now. I mentioned to Reid on Twitter that this Snyder-Kelly business would make for a good column, especially if he quotes Cerrato saying he would’ve taken star Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles instead. To which Reid responded, “Someone in [the] organization told me that’s who they wanted.”
I do hope Jason writes that column. And I really hope Snyder has learned his lesson already.