Report: Thompson has spoken with McCloughan

One of the rumors making the rounds since Scot McCloughan’s abrupt departure from the San Francisco 49ers last Wednesday is that he will eventually make a landing in Green Bay.

McCloughan and Packers general manager Ted Thompson have worked together before, and McCloughan was at one time a scout for the organization.

Thompson told a group of reporters at the owners meeting that he’s spoken to McClougan but “as a friend” and “not from a business standpoint,” according to Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com.

McCloughan is technically still an employee of the 49ers and his situation should come into better focus when team president Jed York holds a teleconference later today that is, oh, about four days overdue. It’s clear that McCloughan will not be returning to work for the club. What is not clear is when he will be able to provide his services to another organization.

The Packers have a natural opening right now. Thompson has not filled the spot that was vacated by John Schneider when he left to become the general manager in Seattle.

"We'll see," Thompson said about filling Schneider’s spot. "It depends on how we make it through the spring. We're functioning pretty well right now."

In the meantime, we'll wait to see what York has to say. The Niners have proven to be more dysfunctional than anticipated with how they've mishandled this situation. It's difficult to paint things in a positive light moving forward to a critical draft when things were dissheveled in the front office. There's not other way to put it right now. Delaying the opportunity to send a message to their fans shows that the Niners didn't know what to do after severing ties with McCloughan.

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