Who will be the next General Manager of the Chicago Bears? Here are 22 possible candidates. – Wed News


Who will be the next General Manager of the Chicago Bears? The franchise is appointing its fourth GM in the 12th season of Chairman George McCaskey.

Here is the list of probable candidates in alphabetical order.


Morocco Brown, Colts Director of College Scouting

A former pro scout for the Bears, Brown was director of pro personnel at Washington before moving to Cleveland as vice president of player personnel. He later headed off to college with the Colts, who have drafted well in recent years.

Ryan Cowden, Titans Vice President of Player Personnel

After a long run toward college in Carolina, he oversees pro and college scouting in Tennessee. Cowden interviewed last year for the position of GM of the Washington football team.


Thomas Dimitroff, former Falcons general manager

The Falcons eventually settled under Dimitroff, but they were too competitive for a good stretch and reached a Super Bowl.

Ed Dodds, Colts Assistant General Manager

Longtime National Scout in Seattle, Dodds moved to Indianapolis to work with Chris Ballard. Dodds interviewed Lions and Panthers last year.

Brandon Hunt, Steelers Pro Scouting Coordinator

He has been in the Steelers role since 2010 and could be the in-house replacement for Pittsburgh GM Kevin Colbert, who will reportedly retire after the NFL draft.


Jeff Ireland, Saints Vice President/Assistant GM

A ball boy for the Bears during the 1980s, Ireland is credited with guiding some very strong drafts in New Orleans. He has previously been in a GM role with the Dolphins and was a rapid riser in scouting with the Cowboys. His grandfather Jim Parmer was a scouting legend for the bears.

Dwayne Joseph, Raiders Director of Pro Scouting

The former Bears cornerback served as director of player development for the Raiders before scouting on the pro and college sides. It was in Philadelphia when the Eagles won the Super Bowl.

Champ Kelly, Assistant Director of Bears Player Personnel

It’s probably unlikely that the Bears would consider an in-house candidate, but Kelly has pondered around the league over the years, getting interviewed last January for GM jobs with Carolina and Denver.


Umar Khan, Steelers Vice President, Football and Business Administration

Khan has long been mentioned as a GM candidate and spoke with two teams last year. Like Hunt, he could potentially take Colbert’s place.

Will McClay, Cowboys Vice President of Player Personnel

McClay is basically the highest-ranking personnel member of the Cowboys who are not related to Jerry Jones. He may be on his way to becoming a GM.

Dan Morgan, Assistant General Manager of the Panthers

The former standout linebacker originally moved into scouting and rose in rank with the Seahawks, Bills and now the Panthers.

Jim Nagy, Executive Director of the Senior Bowl

A veteran scout who has been part of the staff appearing in six Super Bowls (winning four), Negi would be an interesting candidate. His role in running the Senior Bowl has certainly broadened his horizons.

Monty Osenfort, Titans director of player personnel

The former director of College Scouting in New England got two interviews for his GM job with the Panthers last year.

Adam Peters, 49ers Assistant GM

The former director of the College of Scouting for the Broncos was a finalist in Carolina a year earlier.

Scott Pioli, former chief GM

Pioli was assistant general manager at Atlanta from 2014–19 and held the top role at Kansas City for four years. He is well regarded and may be back in the mix at some point.

Louis Riddick, ESPN Analyst

A former director of pro personnel for the Eagles, Riddick interviewed three teams last January. His stage on “Monday Night Football” has certainly exposed him to new ideas, should an opportunity come to him.

John Schneider, Seahawks GM

The situation in Seattle is tough, and no one knows what will happen with coaches Pete Carroll and Schneider, who received a new contract last January. Carroll controls the 53-man roster, so the potential availability of Schneider is interesting. The Lions reportedly tried to woo her a year ago, as Schneider has Midwest ties.

Joe Shoen, Bill’s Assistant GM

Buffalo has produced one of the best rosters in the league. Shoen interviewed last year in Carolina.

Rick Smith, former Texans GM

Smith was the GM at Houston from 2006-17 and has recently gained momentum towards another shot. He interviewed in Atlanta and Detroit last year.

Rick Spielman, former Vikings GM

The former Bears pro personnel director (1997–99) was fired at the end of the 2021 season after a 16-year run in Minnesota with Vikings coach Mike Zimmer, in the last 10 as GM.

John Spitek, Buccaneers Vice President of Player Personnel

A former college scout for the Broncos, he is the right-hand man of Books GM Jason Licht.

Chargers Director of Player Personnel Jojo Wooden

Wooden has ample experience on both the professional and college side and may be interested in this cycle.