The Buffalo Bills filled the vacancy in their front office Friday with the hiring of Dan Morgan as the director of player personnel.
Morgan, 39, comes to the Bills from the Seattle Seahawks, with whom he served as the director of pro personnel. The Bills had a vacancy in their front office after former vice president of player personnel Brian Gaine left to become the general manager of the Houston Texans.
A first-round pick (11th overall) of the Carolina Panthers in 2001, Morgan played seven seasons at linebacker in Carolina, starting 59 games.
His time there overlapped with Bills General Manager Brandon Beane, who was a member of the Panthers' front office.
"Dan worked his way up from the bottom," Beane said in a statement released by the Bills. "He didn't get placed into a seat because of his status as a former player. ... Dan was a scouting intern with the Seahawks in 2010 and worked his way up to a director of pro scouting. That's not an easy transition to go from the field to a 'grunt' in our business. It's humbling and he did it."
Morgan's best season came in 2004, when he made 101 tackles, four passes defensed and two interceptions. He made the Pro Bowl and was an All-Pro selection. He made a franchise-record 18 tackles in Super Bowl XXXVIII.
Morgan retired in 2008 because of injuries. He attempted a comeback the following year with the New Orleans Saints, but after suffering a minicamp injury, retired for good.
He joined the Seahawks full time in 2011. As the director of pro personnel in Seattle, Morgan was in charge of guiding the pro and advance scouting efforts of the team.
Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander was a teammate of Morgan's with the Panthers.
"Taught me a lot as a rookie," Alexander tweeted. "Hell of a player, better dude. It's a shame his career was cut short but has thrived in life after football."