THURSDAY, 5:30pm: At long last, it’s official. Washington announced that they have hired McCloughan as GM, as John Keim of ESPN.com tweets.
12:31pm: Washington and McCloughan have now finalized an agreement that will make the veteran exec the team’s new GM, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.com (via Twitter). As noted below, it’s a four-year pact, tweets Breer, who adds in a second tweet that McCloughan will report to Allen, which comes as a bit of a surprise. Still, McCloughan will have final say over the club’s 53-man roster, according to Breer (Twitter link).
WEDNESDAY, 8:22am: The deal between Washington and McCloughan is expected to be finalized this morning, tweets Florio.
TUESDAY, 8:41pm: Not so fast. McCloughan’s deal with Washington hasn’t been completed yet as he is still discussing jobs with the Jets and Raiders, according to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. Meanwhile, the negotiations with Washington have some non-financial details that need to be ironed out. One of those issues likely has become whether McCloughan will have control over the roster and the draft. Currently, Allen has those powers.
According to a person with knowledge of the situation that spoke with Dom Consentino of the Star-Ledger, the Jets have had conversations with McCloughan, but not about their vacant job at GM.
Meanwhile, Albert Breer of the NFL Network (on Twitter) hears that Washington and McCloughan hope to have their deal finalized by tomorrow morning.
1:31pm: Former 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan will be returning to an NFL front office for the coming season, according to Michael Robinson of NFL Network, who reports (via Twitter) that Washington is hiring McCloughan as the team’s new general manager. Per Robinson, a press conference to formally announce the move is expected before the end of the week.
Rumors of McCloughan’s foray back into a front office position started to pick up steam yesterday, when Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported that Washington had reached out to the veteran executive about a top football position in the organization. We later heard that two other clubs had spoken to McCloughan about joining their respective front offices. Jason La Canfora of CBSSports.com tweeted earlier today that one of those teams was the Jets.
Bruce Allen currently holds the general manager title in D.C., and will receive a promotion to president once McCloughan comes aboard, tweets Michael Silver of NFL.com. A report yesterday suggested that McCloughan wasn’t interested in a proposal from the Raiders that would have seen him work under GM Reggie McKenzie, since he wanted control of football operations. It appears he’ll get that control in Washington — Allen’s say in football decisions figures to be reduced in a “promotion” similar to the one Eagles executive Howie Roseman received last week.
Mike Jones of the Washington Post (Twitter link) hears from a source that there’s no deal in place yet between Washington and McCloughan, but multiple other reporters have corroborated Robinson’s account. Per Albert Breer of NFL Network (Twitter link), McCloughan has agreed to join the organization, and the two sides are currently negotiating the contract. Ian Rapoport of NFL.com adds (via Twitter) that it should be a four-year deal for McCloughan.
Meanwhile, according to Silver (via Twitter), Raiders owner Mark Davis spoke to McCloughan one final time last night, offering him a title of president of personnel under McKenzie, which didn’t interest McCloughan.