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Cardinals' Terry McDonough to interview for 49ers GM job on Friday morning

TEMPE, Ariz. -- Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough has an interview scheduled with the San Francisco 49ers for Friday morning for their general manager vacancy, ESPN has confirmed.

CSNBayArea.com first reported the Niners’ plan to interview McDonough.

If McDonough gets hired by the 49ers, his career would have come full circle.

He broke into NFL scouting as an intern with the Niners in 1989. San Francisco went 14-2 that season and won Super Bowl XXIV. That kick started a scouting career in the NFL that completed its 25th season in 2016.

McDonough recently completed his fourth season with the Cardinals, including his third as the team’s vice president for player personnel. As the person who oversees both the professional and collegiate personnel departments, as well as assisting with player contracts, McDonough has helped the Cardinals go 41-22-1 since 2013.

McDonough’s first full-time job in the NFL was as the southeast area scout for the Cleveland Browns. Four years later he moved with the franchise to Baltimore and eventually became the team’s eastern college supervisor for three years. The Ravens won Super Bowl XXXV while McDonough was on staff.

In 2003, McDonough was hired by the Jacksonville Jaguars and was promoted to their director of player personnel in 2009.

He joined Arizona in 2013 as the Cardinals’ Eastern Regional Scout and was promoted a year later when Jason Licht left the Cardinals to be the Tampa Bay Buccaneers' general manager.