The Cardinals have promoted Terry McDonough to vice president of player personnel, replacing Jason Licht, who became the Buccaneers general manager earlier this week, Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic reports.
McDonough, who joined the Cardinals last year as an eastern regional scout, who worked in the NFL 22 seasons. Before joining the Cardinals, he spent 10 years with the Jaguars, including the last four as director of player personnel. McDonough also worked for the Browns and Ravens and served as an intern with the 49ers.
In his new role, McDonough will be General Manager Steve Keim’s chief assistant. That role does not include being a “yes” man, he said.
“I’m a team player but I’m also very true to how I feel about evaluations, about situations,” he said. “I think my strength is you’re going to get Terry McDonough’s opinion, not what someone else might feel or think.”
That was the type of relationship Keim had with Licht. Keim once joked that their disagreements stopped short of mixed martial arts fights.
“That’s going to happen again,” McDonough said. “The only problem with that is a couple things. I first met Steve Keim when I scouted him 20 years ago when he was a guard at (North Carolina) State. I keep my all my reports. And he’s the only player I ever referred to in my summary as a ‘street fighter.’
“So I know he walks around Phoenix with a nice smile and everything but I watched him play at N.C. State, so I promise you one thing: there will be no physical contact between me and him.”