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Bears to meet with four GM candidates

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Bears to meet with four GM candidates

Bears President Ted Phillips said on the day that he fired general manager Jerry Angelo that the Bears wanted to stay with their philosophy of being a draft-driven organization. That means college talent evaluation and that is a clear thread running through the
first batch candidates scheduled to be interviewed as Angelos replacements:

The list as released on the teams website ChicagoBears.com:

Phil Emery, Kansas City Chiefs director of college scouting;

Jason Licht, New England Patriots director of pro personnel;

Jimmy Raye III, San Diego Chargers director of player personnel;

Marc Ross, New York Giants director of college scouting.

All four have direct experience with college scouting, past or present. Weve always been a philosophically draft-driven team, Phillips said. I think its been shown that thats been successful at a lot of places. Id like to be able to keep that philosophy intact if we can.

Current Bears director of player personnel Tim Ruskell is on the interview list as well. The team has not closed the search process and said via the website that there could be additional candidates.

Teams typically pursue candidates in order of priority. However, the Bears search pattern in the 2001 hiring of Angelo developed a list of 10 candidates, with three finalists being culled from the initial group.

Ross and Licht are with teams still in the playoffs.

Emery came into the NFL in 1998 as an area scout for the Bears under the late Mark Hatley. He stayed on when Angelo was hired in 2001 and scouted for the Bears through 2004, when he left to become the Atlanta Falcons director of college scouting.He has been the Chiefs college scouting director for the last three years.

Licht was with New England from 1999-2002, starting as a college scout. He moved to the Philadelphia Eagles as assistant director of player personnel in 2003 and then vice president of player personnel from 2006-2007. Licht was with the Arizona Cardinals in 2008 and returned to the Patriots in 2009.

Raye joined the Chargers in 1996 as a college scout and was San Diegos director of college scouting from 2000-2007 before moving into the player personnel directors spot. He is the son of Jimmy Raye II and was under consideration in 2009 for the GM job at Kansas City, having gotten into NFL front-office circles initially with the Chiefs in 1995 as an assistant offensive quality control coach.

Ross was interviewed by the Indianapolis Colts for their GM post, a job subsequently taken by Ryan Grigson, also under consideration by the Bears at the time. Ross began with the Philadelphia Eagles in 1997 and became the NFLs youngest (27) college scouting director in 2000. He joined the Giants in 2007 and ran his first college draft in 2008.

Former college scouting director Greg Gabriel was a member of the Giants college scouting department for 16 years prior to joining the Bears under Angelo.

Raiders prepping to set the market for Tom Brady in free agency

Raiders prepping to set the market for Tom Brady in free agency

If the Bears have any interest in signing soon-to-be free-agent quarterback Tom Brady this offseason, they may have to be willing to commit beyond just the 2020 season for him.

According to longtime NFL writer Larry Fitzgerald, Sr., the Las Vegas Raiders are prepping to offer Brady a two-year, $60 million deal.

It's a steep price to pay regardless of Brady's resume largely because of his age; he'll be 43 at the start of next season. It's highly unlikely Ryan Pace would be interested in a multi-year deal for a player as close to the end as Brady, but the market will ultimately dictate what needs to be offered by teams who are serious about acquiring TB12.

If Brady wants to play beyond 2020 and is looking for a commitment from a team that extends into at least the 2021 season, his list of potential suitors is likely to shrink. But all it takes is one club willing to meet his asking price, and with Raiders coach Jon Gruden's affinity for established veteran quarterbacks, it seems like a logical match for both sides.

The Bears are expected to be aggressive in the quarterback market this offseason, whether it's via trade for someone like Bengals veteran Andy Dalton or in free agency with players like Marcus Mariota (Titans) and Teddy Bridgewater (Saints) presenting as attractive options.

Former second overall pick Mitch Trubisky has largely been a disappointment over his first three years in Chicago and is facing a make-or-break season in 2020. There's a chance he won't even begin training camp as the starter, depending on who the Bears court in free agency and the promises they make in order to sign him.

NFL free agency could be ‘potential chaos’ for available quarterbacks

NFL free agency could be ‘potential chaos’ for available quarterbacks

A plethora of NFL quarterbacks are set to hit the open market in the next few weeks in Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Dak Prescott, Philip Rivers, Teddy Bridgewater, Jameis Winston, Ryan Tannehill, Marcus Mariota and Case Keenum.

With at least nine in-demand signal-callers, the NFL could see a quarterback shakeup unparalleled in recent NFL history. According to NBC Sports’ Mike Florio, there may be “more butts than seats.”

“In this looming game of quarterback musical chairs, I still don’t think we know whether when the music stops, there’s gonna be more butts than seats, or more seats than butts,” Florio said on NBC Sports’ PFT Live. “And there’s a chance that there’s gonna be a team that is left — because they wanted too long to have something lined up — they’re gonna be left looking around saying ‘Who the hell’s our quarterback for 2020?’”

Based on that list of quarterbacks, teams that could have a QB vacancy to fill this winter include the Patriots, Cowboys, Saints, Buccaneers, Chargers and Titans. There are nine quarterbacks on that list, though Mariota and Keenum may be viewed more as backups by prospective suitors. Therefore, you could have six teams in need of a quarterback and seven on the open market.

The former figure could increase if teams like the Bears or Raiders look to upgrade the quarterback position in free agency. In that case, perhaps there are more “chairs” than “butts” this offseason, meaning some teams may find themselves without a starting quarterback entering the NFL draft.

In that scenario, a team may be inclined to trade for a QB, such as Bengals’ Andy Dalton. How this chaotic situation plays out will determined in the coming weeks, but what’s already certain is this offseason’s free agency could be a frenzy.

“We’ve never had anything even close to this, by way of potential chaos for quarterbacks in free agency and really through the draft,” Florio said. “Who knows how it’s all gonna play out? There’s gonna be a major, major shakeup, potentially. It’s gonna be somewhere between nothing changes and complete and total chaos, but I think it’s gonna be closer to complete and total chaos.”