Seahawks hire ex-49ers GM Scot McCloughan

Scot McCloughan had landed in a position where his intimate knowledge of the San Francisco 49ers certainly will be an asset.

The Seattle Seahawks have hired the former general manager of the 49ers, according to Mike Sando of ESPN.com, a move that brings McCloughan back to a franchise he worked for previously and reunites him with new Seahawks general manager John Schneider, who he worked with previously in Green Bay.

Go ahead and circle the season opener for both teams – Sept. 12 at Seattle when the NFC West rivals will meet. McCloughan ought to be able to help them when the teams face one another again in Week 14 on Dec. 12.

“It's huge for us because Scot is one of the most respected personnel people in the league," Schneider said. “He played a critical role in helping the Seahawks become a Super Bowl team (in 2005) and did a great job in rebuilding the 49ers over the last few years."

McCloughan was ousted from San Francisco in a surprise move, at least in terms of timing as there were just more than five weeks before the draft. He hasn’t been given a title in Seattle ye but figures to be a senior personnel man. He was the Seahawks’ college scouting director when San Francisco hired him in 2005.

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