The Redskins could be letting one of their longest tenured assistants walk.

Ed Bouchette of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported via Twitter that the Steelers have asked for and have been granted permission to talk to Redskins special teams coach Danny Smith.

Over the weekend, Steelers special teams coach Amos Jones left to take the same job with the Arizona Cardinals. Smith is a native of Pittsburgh and that could be at the root of his interest in the job.

Smith has been the Redskins' special teams coach since 2004. Although he is universally liked and respected by the players, Smith's special teams have been up and down. For the 2012 season, Dallas Morning News columnist Rick Gosselin, who calculates a comprehensive special teams rating by comparing team performances in 22 categories, had the Redskins ranked 31st in overall special teams performance.