The Washington Redskins of the National Football League announced Thursday they mutually parted ways with longtime general counsel and senior vice president of football operations Eric Schaffer.

Schaffer was with the Redskins for 17 seasons and was the club’s chief contract negotiator in addition to being responsible for the strategic planning, management, and forecasting of the Redskins’ league-mandated salary cap and cash budgets.

“I want to express my sincere gratitude to [team owner] Dan Snyder for bringing me into the NFL and allowing me to be a Washington Redskin for the past 17 seasons. It was a privilege serving this historic franchise as both Senior Vice President of Football Operations and General Counsel and a blessing to have worked with so many incredible people,” said Schaffer in a statement. “While I will miss the players, my friends, colleagues, and the tremendous Washington Redskins’ fans, my family and I are excited for our next chapter.”

The Redskins did not immediately name a new general counsel.