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Two GM candidates gone, but Bears still have plenty to choose from

Updated: February 8, 2012 8:11AM

Two high-profile general-manager candidates are off the market, but a strong pool remains for vacancies with the Bears, Indianapolis Colts and St. Louis Rams.

The Oakland Raiders announced they had reached an agreement with Green Bay Packers pro personnel director Reggie McKenzie to become their GM. Meanwhile, the Baltimore Ravens announced player personnel director Eric DeCosta will remain with the team and not take any interviews, including one requested by the Bears.

DeCosta was the first person the Bears asked permission to speak with, but he was not — despite some reports — the favorite to land their GM job. The Rams and Colts also had requested to speak with DeCosta.

The Bears haven’t been as
aggressive as the Rams or Colts so far. The Rams have requested permission to speak with more than a half-dozen candidates, and reported they already have interviewed Miami Dolphins player personnel director Brian Gaine. And the Colts on Friday
interviewed New York Giants college-scouting director Marc Ross, who has an impressive pedigree.

But there is no shortage of qualified candidates. In fact, it’s viewed as a better time to land a GM than a head coach in the NFL.

Those who might be on the Bears’ radar include Les Snead of the Atlanta Falcons, Tom Telesco
of the Colts, Ryan Grigson of the Philadelphia Eagles, Lake Dawson of the Tennessee Titans, George
Paton of the Minnesota Vikings, Doug Whaley of the Buffalo Bills, Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals, Ray Farmer of the Kansas
City Chiefs, John Dorsey of the Green Bay Packers and Morocco Brown of the Washington Redskins. Brown and Paton worked with the Bears earlier in their scouting

In addition, Bears player personnel director Tim Ruskell, who is serving as their interim GM, also remains in contention.

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