Bears deny Ruskell report

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 02/23/2010, 09:41pm

A Bears spokesperson has denied an ESPN report that the Bears have hired former Seahawks general manager Tim Ruskell.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Ruskell has agreed to join the Bears front office. However, Bears spokesperson Scott Hagel said, “There’s no truth to it. We haven’t hired anybody.”

If the Bears did hire Ruskell it would come as no surprise. Ruskell and Bears’ general manager Jerry Angelo worked together in Tampa Bay and Ruskell has been the obvious candidate to replace Bobby De Paul, who was fired as head of the team’s pro player personnel department earlier this month.

There have also been speculation that college scouting director Greg Gabriel could be shown the door after the draft, which may explain why Schefter is reporting that Ruskell’s title would be “director of player personnel.” That job description could give him the latitude to oversee both positions.