The Washington Redskins on Monday promoted Bruce Allen to team president along with his role as general manager.

"I think the world of Bruce Allen and giving him both titles is appropriate," owner Dan Snyder said in a statement.

Allen was named the Redskins' executive vice president/general manager on Dec. 17, 2009 after a career spanning more than three decades as a general manager and executive with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Oakland Raiders and a successful run in the USFL with the Chicago Blitz and the Arizona Wranglers.

On Saturday, Allen defended the team's name in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.

Allen's letter was in response to the 49 U.S. Senators who urged NFL commissioner Roger Goodell last week to change the name of the team because they believe the name "Redskins" is a racial slur.

"Our use of 'Redskins' as the name of our football team for more than 80 years has always been respectful of and shown reverence toward the proud legacy and traditions of Native Americans," Allen wrote.