In a story first reported by ProFootballTalk.com, Tampa Bay Buccaneers director of player personnel Ruston Webster has accepted a front office position with the Seattle Seahawks, PewterReport.com has confirmed.
Webster, who has been with Tampa Bay since 1988 and played an integral role in some of the Bucs’ most successful drafts, will be reunited with his good friend and mentor, Seahawks president Tim Ruskell.
The St. Louis Rams and Houston Texans also were interested in hiring Webster for their general manager posts, according to ProFootballTalk.com, but Webster reportedly turned down an offer from the Rams and ultimately decided that Seattle was the best choice.
Webster joined the Bucs as a regional scout in 1988 after he graduated from the University of Mississippi. Just one year later, Webster was promoted to director of pro personnel. In 1991, he went back to being a scout and worked in that capacity until 2000.
In 2001, Webster was promoted to director of college scouting, a position he held until 2005, which is when he was promoted to director of player personnel, where he worked directly with Bucs general manager Bruce Allen and oversaw the pro and college scouting departments.
Not only did he help Tampa Bay land players such as running back Cadillac Williams, tight end Alex Smith, guard Dan Buenning, wide receiver Michael Clayton, safety Will Allen and punt returner Mark Jones in recent drafts, Webster also had a hand in selecting players like linebacker Derrick Brooks, defensive tackle Warren Sapp, fullback Mike Alstott and safety John Lynch.
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