The Redskins have hired longtime football executive A.J. Smith to serve as a senior executive, the team announced Wednesday morning.

Smith, 64, was the Chargers’ general manager from 2003-2012. In December, he was fired, along with Coach Norv Turner, following a 7-9 campaign.

It’s unclear what role Smith will have with the Redskins. But since entering pro football in 1977, much of his time has been spent as a talent evaluator. So it would seem likely that he’ll work closely with Coach Mike Shanahan and GM Bruce Allen as the team prepares its plans for the draft and free agency – two areas of emphasis for a Redskins' team that's facing an $18 million salary cap penalty.