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Chargers begin interviewing GM candidates

Chargers begin interviewing GM candidates

SAN DIEGO (AP) Jimmy Raye, San Diego's director of player personnel, apparently was the first candidate to interview to replace fired Chargers general manager A.J. Smith.

Ron Wolf, the former Green Bay Packers GM who's serving as a consultant for Chargers President Dean Spanos, said in a conference call Wednesday that the first interview was Tuesday in San Diego. Asked if that interview was with an outside candidate, Wolf said: ``Not to my knowledge.''

Spanos confirmed on Monday that Raye is among the candidates to replace Smith, who was fired along with coach Norv Turner. The team is declining to identify other candidates.

Raye, a former wide receiver at San Diego State who's been with the Chargers for 17 seasons, didn't return calls or a text seeking comment.

According to four people familiar with the search process, the other known candidates are player personnel men Tom Gamble of San Francisco, David Caldwell of Atlanta, Steve Keim of Arizona and Tom Telesco of Indianapolis. The people spoke on condition of anonymity because the Chargers haven't revealed the names.

It's not known when the other candidates will be interviewed. San Francisco and Atlanta have first-round playoff byes this weekend. Indianapolis plays at Baltimore on Sunday, and Arizona missed the playoffs.

Wolf said he was in San Diego on Tuesday but had returned to his home in Jupiter, Fla., on Wednesday.

The Chargers said Monday that the interviews will be conducted by Wolf, Spanos, assistant GM Ed McGuire and Spanos' son, John, the director of college scouting. Dean Spanos will make the final choice, and the new GM will join those four in picking a new coach.

However, with several teams looking for coaches and GMs, the Chargers said their group ``will remain as flexible as necessary to attract the best possible candidates for both positions.''

Wolf said he's gotten more than 50 calls about the GM job since Monday.

``My phone hasn't stopped ringing. That's an indication of how the people within the league view the opportunity to go to work for the Chargers,'' Wolf said.

As Packers GM, Wolf hired Mike Holmgren as coach, traded for Brett Favre and built a team that played in consecutive Super Bowls, beating New England after the 1996 season and losing to Denver after the 1997 season.

Wolf reiterated that he is not a candidate for the Chargers' job.

``The game's gone by me,'' he said. ``From a standpoint I'm talking about of endurance, I don't have that anymore, like I used to have.''

Wolf said he'll advise Dean Spanos to interview as many people as possible.

``At some point you're going to come across the guy that just knocks your socks off. When that happens, you know you've reached the person you want to hire,'' Wolf said.

Part of the process will be asking candidates who they like as coaches, Wolf said.

Smith and Turner were fired after the Chargers finished 7-9 and out of the playoffs for the third straight season.

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'I Am the Prospect': One big-time skill could get Maryland's Darnell Savage all the way into the NFL Draft's first round

'I Am the Prospect': One big-time skill could get Maryland's Darnell Savage all the way into the NFL Draft's first round

Darnell Savage is the third NFL draft prospect profiled in our series ‘I Am the Prospect’. Download the MyTeams App for all three features.

As the NFL morphs into a pass-first sport, the importance of a hard-hitting safety with enough speed to cover the deep middle grows each year. 

Maryland’s Darnell Savage Jr. hits every part of that description. 

Haven’t heard of Savage? The league has. 

NFL Network Draft analyst Daniel Jeremiah said that as the selection process grows closer Savage is emerging as a possible first round pick. Pro Football Focus listed Savage as the second-best safety prospect in the 2019 draft class. 

Savage’s greatest strength is his versatility. He can play both safety spots, and plenty of NFL talent evaluators also see him being able to play slot corner. 

Speed helps. Savage ran a 4.36 40-yard-dash. 

Measurables like that paired with a second-team All-Big Ten performance last season means Savage certainly doesn’t make it to Saturday of the draft. And he might make it all the way to Thursday. 

The Redskins can absolutely use a player like Savage. But a player like Savage might not make it to the Redskins' second round pick. 

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

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Baltimore Ravens Roundup: Steve Bisciotti donates $100,000 to rebuilding historically black churches

One more week of the NFL offseason in the books. Here's the latest Baltimore Ravens news.

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1. Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti donated $100,000 to help rebuilding efforts for three historically black churches in the Louisiana area that recently burned down by an alleged arsonists. An effort led by former tight end Benjamin Watson, Bisciotti reached out to him Sunday committing his donation. 

2. The GOAT gene has transferred from Justin Tucker to his son, Easton. The kicker posted a video on his Instagram Thursday of the little guy kicking a (mini) field goal right down the middle, just like his dad. 

Looking Ahead:

April 19: Deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets

April 25-27: 2019 NFL Draft in Nashville, Tn.

May 3-6 or May 10-13: Potential three-day rookie mini camp

The 2019 NFL schedule is set!  See the Baltimore Ravens defend the AFC North at M&T Bank Stadium this season. Get your tickets now at www.BaltimoreRavens.com/tickets.

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