Ruskell presided over Seattle's only Super Bowl appearance. He also let Pro Bowl blocker Steve Hutchinson leave in free agency after he gave him a transition tag instead of the more restrictive franchise label for 2006.
That move accelerated the Seahawks' decline and ultimately cost Ruskell his job in December, with the team at 4-7.
In Chicago, Ruskell will be reunited with general manager Jerry Angelo while overseeing college and pro personnel matters. The two previously worked together in Tampa Bay's front office.