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Ten candidates emerge for Seahawks G.M. gig

The Seahawks have hired a search firm to assist in the process of identifying candidates to succeed Tim Ruskell as General Manager of the team.

And since the search firm is likely getting paid by the hour, they’ve identified a bunch of them.

As best we can piece together, there are at least 10 candidates for the job: Cardinals director of player personnel Steve Keim, Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye, Eagles G.M. Tom Heckert, Ravens director of player personnel Eric DeCosta, Packers director of football operations John Schneider, Patriots senior football adviser Floyd Reese, Patriots pro personnel director Jason Licht, and 49ers director of player personnel Trent Baalke.

We’re also told that the Seahawks plan to have the G.M. report to someone else, such as CEO Tod Leiweke, and not report directly to owner Paul Allen.

So stay tuned. It might take a while to sift through these candidates.

After all, the people who own the search firm need to buy Christmas presents, too.

UPDATE: We left out two of the candidates. Interim G.M. Ruston Webster will be interviewed, along with Chargers consultant Randy Mueller, who previously served in the role of G.M. with the Seahawks. There’s some internal resistance to Mueller, we’re told, given that he already has held the job.