Allen, whom owner Daniel Snyder hired as general manager in 2009, shortly before hiring Mike Shanahan as head coach and top personnel decision-maker, will remain team president, however. Allen received that promotion last offseason following the firing of Shanahan, and also handled general manager duties.
The Redskins hope that McCloughan can help reverse a long-standing problem in the area of talent evaluation – particularly in the college draft, where in the past five years and 42 selections, Washington has managed to hit on a handful of sure-fire building blocks, such as Pro Bowlers Trent Williams, a left tackle, outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan and running back Alfred Morris. Inside linebacker Keenan Robinson and cornerback Bashaud Breeland round out a select group of promising players. Meanwhile, the team has several question-mark players and blunders in those years.
McCloughan, meanwhile, has a track record of success in the college draft. From 2005 to 2014, while working in the front offices of the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks — he was 49ers GM from 2008 to 2010 — he was credited with drafting players who were selected to the Pro Bowl 41 times.
McCloughan, the son of longtime Raiders scout Kent McCloughan, broke into the NFL’s scouting ranks with the Green Bay Packers in 1995 – the year after a brief minor league baseball career, which included a 57-game stint in Hagerstown in 1994.
The Redskins’ talks with McCloughan reached advanced stages Tuesday afternoon, but McCloughan’s representatives continued to talk with other suitors, including the New York Jets and Oakland Raiders.
The Redskins and McCloughan’s representatives continued to negotiate Wednesday, finally nailing down all of the details early in the afternoon.
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