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May 12, 2012
Scout out: Comings and goings in the 49ers front office


NFL scouts typically don't change jobs until after the draft, and there's been some recent movement on the San Francisco staff. The 49ers parted ways with Todd Brunner, their Northeast Area scout who had been with the team for 12 years, and he promptly was hired by his former boss, Scot McCloughan, with the Seahawks. Brunner handled most of the area scouting on the east coast and was the point man on recent picks like Anthony Davis and Cam Johnson.

It also appears that Midlands Area scout Kent Kahl, who was with the team for five seasons, has been let go. Kahl is based in Iowa and presumably was the point man on first-round draft pick A.J. Jenkins. He no longer is listed on the team web site. Kahl has interviewed with the Bears, Jets and Texans.

Meanwhile, Neil Stratton, @insidetheleague, reports the team has added Chip Flanagan, a Redskins scout, and former Arizona State defensive line coach Scott Brown to the scouting staff. GM Trent Baalke was on the Redskins' staff before joining the 49ers, and he and Flanagan overlapped a year there.

Flanagan still is listed on the Redskins web site; the 49ers have not confirmed any of these moves.

On the coaching side, former Washington State head coach Paul Wulff told Cougfan.com that he will be joining the 49ers as an offensive assistant. It's unknown what Wulff's role will be. He grew up in Davis and played on the offensive line at Washington State in the late 1980s.

-- Matt Barrows


Matt was born in Blacksburg, Va., and attended the University of Virginia. He graduated in 1995, went to Northwestern for a journalism degree a year later, and got his first job at a South Carolina daily in 1997. He joined The Bee as a Metro reporter in 1999 and started covering the 49ers in 2003. His favorite player of all time is Darrell Green.


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