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Commanders To Hire David Blackburn As Player Personnel Director

As the Commanders continue to make changes in the front office, the team is set to bring in another high-ranking executive. David Blackburn has an agreement in place to become Washington’s new director of player personnel, per Neil Stratton of Inside The League.

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Ben Standig and Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic were the first to report the Commanders’ interest in Blackburn (subscription required). The latter spent the past 17 years as part of the Ravens’ front office in a number of capacities. Most recently, Blackburn held the title of college scouting director.

This hire will therefore represent another move up the latter for Blackburn. Commanders owner Josh Harris has overseen a slew of changes recently after his first campaign in control of the organization. That process has included the hiring of Adam Peters to handle general manager duties. Blackburn will be one of his top lieutenants for a Commanders front office which has a number of new faces in place.

From a Ravens’ perspective, this move marks a continuation of the team’s offseason brain drain. Much like Blackburn, longtime front office member Joe Hortiz departed recently, taking on the Chargers’ general manager position. He brought a number of staffers with him, to no surprise, and the loss of Blackburn will leave Baltimore without another veteran executive. One of the Ravens’ 2024 storylines will be tied to the team’s ability to replace the lost personnel in the front office and along the sidelines.

In addition to Blackburn, Stratton reports the Commanders are hiring Dwaune Jones as a national scout. Jones has spent time with the Saints and Ravens, but his most recent tenure came as assistant director of college scouting with the Falcons. Jones will join Blackburn in being a new arrival with a scouting background as Harris, Peters and Co. aim to generate long-term success in the nation’s capital.