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Scouting Department Goes Licht

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The Cardinals' new personnel executive Jason Licht (left) talks with general manager Rod Graves during a recent organized team activity.

The Cardinals have completed the reshuffling of their scouting staff by making four new hires, including Jason Licht as a personnel executive focusing on the pro side.

Licht was the Philadelphia Eagles' vice president of player personnel the past five years and worked on the personnel staff of the New England Patriots for five years before that.

The Cards also brought in former safety Quentin Harris as a pro scout and Mike Boni and Dru Grigson as college scouts.

Licht (pronounced "Light") will work with Steve Keim, who was recently promoted to director of player personnel overseeing both the college and pro scouting departments. Harris will also work in the department, which was left empty when Jim Stanley retired and the contract of Rashaan Curry was not renewed.

"We have strengthened our abilities in evaluations and I am particularly excited about Steve Keim and expanding his responsibilities," general manager Rod Graves said. "I an equally excited over hiring Jason and his affiliation with two great football teams, with him being involved with the turnaround in New England and the ascension of the Eagles over the past several years.

"Both teams highly recommended him, in terms of coach (Bill) Belichick and coach (Andy) Reid. Overall the changes we made enhance our abilities as evaluators."

Harris, a product of Syracuse, played safety for the Cardinals from 2002 to 2005 after signing as an undrafted rookie. He later played with both Denver and the New York Giants.

Boni will scout college players in the northeast and also serve as the Cardinals' representative with the National Football Scouting service. He spent the past two years with the Buffalo Bills in the pro personnel department and as a college scout administrator.

Grigson worked as a volunteer scout in Philadelphia in 2005-06 with his brother, Ryan, who is the Eagles' director of scouting. Grigson, who signed with the Vikings as an undrafted rookie in 2003, was a scout with the Canadian Football League's Montreal franchise last season and will evaluate the southeast and central regions of the U.S. for the Cardinals.


Contact Darren Urban at askdarren@cardinals.nfl.net. Posted 6/18/08.

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