Cardinals’ Terry McDonough to interview for 49ers GM post

Jan 11, 2017, 7:33 AM | Updated: 3:29 pm


The San Francisco 49ers are looking for a new general manager.

The franchise fired Trent Baalke, who had held that position since 2011, following a disappointing 2-14 season. Reports out of the Bay Area indicate that the team is looking within its own division for a possible replacement.

CSN Bay Area’s Matt Maiocco reports that Arizona Cardinals vice president of player personnel Terry McDonough will get a sit-down with 49ers brass on Friday.

McDonough, according to Maiocco, is the ninth candidate to get face time with San Francisco.

The brother of Phoenix Suns GM Ryan McDonough, Terry McDonough’s chance to be a GM is something the former McDonough says he is extremely happy for and proud of Terry.

“I feel like this has been a long time coming, especially with the success the Cardinals have had the past three or four years,” he told Burns and Gambo on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Wednesday afternoon. “He certainly deserves it. He’s been in the NFL for over 25 years, has a Super Bowl ring from his time with the Baltimore Ravens, and obviously a great track record of success with a number of different organizations, including the Cardinals.

“We’re thrilled for him to get the interview, hopefully he gets the job.”

The 49ers have already interviewed a handful of candidates, with McDonough’s name surfacing only recently.

Former 49ers head coach Mike Nolan lauded McDonough on a radio interview with KNBR on Tuesday.

“The number one guy, who I hope gets an interview, is Terry McDonough,” Nolan said. “Terry’s not even one of the top guys? Let me tell you what, Terry McDonough is an excellent candidate. He worked under Ozzie Newsome for a number of years, he worked with Eric DeCosta back there. He knows how to pick players, which is number one first and foremost. Right now, he’s currently down in Arizona and they’ve done an outstanding job for the last four years. He’s the righthand man to Steve Keim down there. Terry McDonough, he’s number one on the list.”

Promoted to his current position with the Cardinals in 2014, McDonough oversees the college and pro personnel departments and assists with player contract negotiations. He has a quarter-century of NFL scouting experience with several different teams.

Both Terry and Ryan McDonough are sons of the late Will McDonough, a legendary sports writer in Boston who also did television work for CBS and NBC.

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