Kyle’s update, Monday, May 16, 9:25 AM PT: Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer confirmed the Jaguars have hired Waugh.
During a pre-draft press conference a few weeks ago, Baalke denied the team’s interest in Waugh:
“I saw that report. Obviously, I know Ethan well, worked with Ethan for years in San Francisco and have a lot of respect for him, but that’s news to me,” Baalke said. “He’s certainly a guy that again I have great respect for. We are going to add to the personnel department after the draft, but our focus right now is on the draft and not on what we’re going to do after the draft.”
ESPN’s Nick Wagoner reported that 49ers Vice President of Player Personnel Ethan Waugh has an offer from Jacksonville Jaguars general manager Trent Baalke to become the assistant general manager for the Jags. Wagoner said the expectation is for Waugh to take the offer after the NFL Draft.
Waugh, who joined San Francisco in 2004 as a player personnel assistant, worked with Baalke during his stint as the Niners' general manager. It’s unclear who would take Waugh’s position. Ran Carthon is the Director of Player Personnel. There could be a bump in command for him, R.J. Gillen, and Tariq Ahamd, all of whom share a director title to some capacity.
If you’re Waugh, you take that gig with the impression that Baalke probably won’t be around for too much longer, and this may be your best shot at a general manager position. The Jaguars always have infinite cap space, have a talented rookie QB on a rookie contract, and never face the pressure to “win.”
We will provide an update once the Niners officially announce the move and who a potential replacement for Waugh would be.