David Haugh of the Chicago Tribune reports that Chiefs director of pro personnel Chris Ballard was considered to be the favorite for the Bears’ GM position as late as Wednesday afternoon.
However, Ballard reportedly challenged the Bears hierarchy during his meeting by wanting to limit the involvement of president Ted Phillips.
Sources tell Haugh that Ryan Pace emerged as the top candidate for the job after his impressive interview that “dazzled” chairman George McCaskey and Phillips.
Mellinger suggests reworking the contracts of QB Alex Smith and WR Dwayne Bowe, as well as parting ways with WR Donnie Avery and WR A.J. Jenkins, which would give them close to $27 million in available cap space.
With the Chiefs needing to address the receiver position and their offensive line in the coming months, Mellinger believes they should target Randall Cobb, Torrey Smith and Michael Crabtree in free agency, assuming they’re available.