According to NFL Network's Albert Breer, the deal is for four years. Breer reports that McCloughan will report to president Bruce Allen, who also served as the team's GM for the past five seasons.
McCloughan, who will be formally introduced at a noon ET press conference on Friday, will have final say over the team's 53-man roster, according to Breer.
McCloughan was the GM of the San Francisco 49ers until 2010, when he and the team had a "mutual parting." However, multiple reports at the time said he was dismissed for "personal, non-football reasons."
He then became a senior personnel executive for the Seattle Seahawks. He resigned in April 2014 due to a reported "private, personal matter."
In a recent ESPN story, McCloughan detailed his past battles with alcohol abuse and how it led to his departure from San Francisco. He has been looking to make a comeback in the league and has been running his own scouting business. He told ESPN a handful of NFL teams have paid him $75,000 each to evaluate players.
Washington finished 4-12 in 2014 in its first year under head coach Jay Gruden.
- Molly Geary