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Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks have promoted Tag Ribary to director of team operations, Trent Kirchner to director of pro personnel, Dan Morgan to assistant director of pro personnel, Josh Graff to national scout and hired Jim Nagy as the southeast area scout, replacing Derrick Jensen, who was a part of the Seahawks scouting department for 22 years.
Ribary enters his 16th season with the Seahawks, serving his first 11 seasons (1990-2000) as the team’s assistant director of pro personnel, returning in 2009 as a pro scout and serving as the team’s director of pro personnel since 2010 after working for the Washington Redskins and Carolina Panthers from 2001-07. He will oversee team security, football video, facility and equipment departments.
Kirchner fills Ribary’s role with Seattle after serving the last three years as its assistant director of pro personnel. A former Seahawks communications intern in 2000, he was the college scouting coordinator for the Washington Redskins in 2001 and served eight seasons (2002-09) as a pro scout for the Carolina Panthers.
Morgan assumes Kirchner’s assistant director of pro personnel role after serving as Seattle’s pro scout for the 2011 and 2012 seasons. The former 11th overall selection in the 2001 NFL Draft started all 59 games played in seven seasons at linebacker for the Carolina Panthers. His career was cut short after ankle and Achilles injuries following the 2007 season.
Graff has spent the last two seasons as an intern in the scouting department and now will represent the club in the Carolinas Region for National Scouting, Inc.
Nagy joins Seattle after spending the last four seasons (2009-12) with the Kansas City Chiefs, serving last season as the Chiefs national scout. He began his scouting career as an intern in Green Bay in 1996, where he first met Seattle general manager John Schneider and moved in to a full-time scouting role with the New England Patriots from 2002-08, helping the team win Super Bowls after the 2003 and 2004 seasons.
Jensen, who is currently battling ALS, retires from the Seahawks after 22 years, having been hired in 1991 after a seven-year playing career as a fullback. In this April’s NFL Draft, Jensen selected the final two Seahawks draft choices; guard Jared Smith and tackle Michael Bowie.
He was a third-round draft choice by the Oakland Raiders in 1978 and played in 106 games, starting 21, in his career. He served as a captain of the Raiders special teams units for five seasons and contributed a blocked punt, which he recovered for the first touchdown, in the Raiders 38-9 win over the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl XVIII. He also was a part of the Raiders Super Bowl XV championship team.