Johnson is planning to retire from managing and return to an advisory role after this season with the Nationals.
The Nationals are currently 54-60, may already be ready to start their search for his replacement. General Manager Mike Rizzo has known Williams for many years and the 47 year old infielder is already respected around the league for his run as both a major league baseball player and coach.
I would say another candidate could also be someone who is apart of the Arizona Diamondbacks family, Matt Williams manager when he and the Diamondbacks won the World Series, Bob Brenly.
The then Cubs color commentator passed on an interview for being manage of the Cubs, but has expressed interest in managing again. He is also another man who is respected around the league, from his days as a ball player and as a World Series manager.
Both Williams or Brenly would be a good fit for Washington.