Bears to Interview Four GM Candidates

The team has not ruled out additional candidates

The Chicago Bears on Wednesday announced four candidates they'll interview to replace former General Manager Jerry Angelo, who was let go earlier this month.

The team received permission to interview Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery, Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht, Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye and Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross.

All four are already scheduled for interviews. Bears director of player personnel Tim Ruskell also remains an in-house candidate to replace Angelo, the team said on its website.

The team has not ruled out additional candidates.

Emery served as an area scout with the Bears from 1998 to 2004 and was Atlanta's director of college scouting from 2004 to 2008 before working as a regional scout for the Falcons leading up to the 2009 draft. He has spent the past three years in his current role.

Licht rejoined the Patriots' personnel department in 2009, after working there from 1999 to 2002. In between, he spent time with the Philadelphia Eagles and Arizona Cardinals.

Raye joined the Chargers in 1996 and spent four seasons as a scout before serving as director of college scouting from 2000 to 2007. His father Jimmy Raye II spent 34 years as an assistant coach in the NFL, most recently with San Francisco in 2010.

Ross is in his fifth season as Giants director of college scouting.

Chicago Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips said Jan. 4 that he fired General Manager Jerry Angelo because he wanted to close the talent gap in his division

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