McCloughan stays in NFC West with Hawks

Former San Francisco 49ers general manager Scot McCloughan has been hired by the divisional rival Seattle Seahawks.

ESPN.com NFC West blogger Mike Sando reports that McCloughan's hire to a "senior personnel" position has not been made official by the Seahawks and the precise title has not been released yet, but it should be announced sometime this week.

"It's huge for us because Scot is one of the most respected personnel people in the league," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said Monday. "He played a critical role in helping the Seahawks become a Super Bowl team [in 2005] and did a great job in rebuilding the 49ers over the last few years."