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Washington Redskins make Scot McCloughan GM

Washington has taken a progressive step forward in upgrading their personnel department.

Scot McCloughan and the Redskins finalized a deal Wednesday to make him the team's new general manager, per NFL Media's Albert Breer. The former 49ers general manager and Seahawks personnel executive will report to team president Bruce Allen and will have final say over the 53-man roster in D.C.

McCloughan also held discussions with the Jets and Raiders, per Breer. Breer added the Redskins satisfied the Rooney Rule on Monday by interviewing Jets executive and former Cardinals GM Rod Graves, per two sources.

McCloughan stepped aside from his most recent stint with the Seahawks to deal with some personal issues, which were detailed in a recent profile done by ESPN The Magazine.

McCloughan is known in league circles as one of the most naturally gifted scouts in football. Though he was let go from the 49ers, he will be remembered for stockpiling one of the league's most talented rosters for Jim Harbaugh to inherit. His work with the Seahawks, whose late-round gems over the past four years built the foundation for a Super Bowl championship, was also heralded by executives around the league.

Washington has been desperate to improve their personnel department over the past few seasons and should do well to add someone with a true scouting background.

In his year away from football, McCloughan maintained a private scouting service, so he should be able to immediately contribute to Washington's draft class in 2015.

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