Schaffer, who was promoted to Redskins Senior VP of Football Operations in June 2017, has been with the organization for more than 16 years – predating team president Bruce Allen's tenure by six years – and has gradually accrued experience in various roles of the front office. He also currently serves as General Counsel.
Losing Schaffer would be a "death blow" to Redskins owner Dan Snyder, the source tells Russell.
If the Redskins are to make a change to their front office structure, the wheels may have already been in motion for some time.
The Redskins have a long history of losing top talent to outside competition in the Dan Snyder era, the most recent instance of note coming when offensive coordinator Sean McVay left to coach the Rams in Jan. 2017. McVay, it should be noted, was blocked from a promotion in Washington by head coach Jay Gruden. The Rams have clinched their second straight playoff berth under McVay this season.