Kansas City Chiefs: Top ten potential GM candidates

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With the surprise firing of John Dorsey, the Kansas City Chiefs are now in need of a new general manager. Here are the top ten candidates for the job.

The Kansas City Chiefs turned the NFL news world on its head yesterday. The long-expected contract extension of Andy Reid was quickly followed by the sudden departure of GM John Dorsey. It’s a move that has many possible explanations, but is still very unclear. By all accounts, Dorsey had done a good job as GM and was expecting an extension.

There is, of course, the elephant in the room (or rather the elephant now in Baltimore) of Jeremy Maclin. The former Chiefs receiver was a favorite of Andy Reid, and was released to help KC relieve cap stress. That cap stress was due in large part to what many consider a mishandling of major contracts for Eric Berry and Justin Houston.

However, the official reports on this are that this was Clark Hunt’s decision alone. Regardless, the Chiefs are now fully in search of a new GM to take over the personnel side of things. This is certainly an odd time to be conducting a search like this, but that doesn’t mean it’s a bad time. There are actually a surprising number of top personnel men available.

Kansas City is an attractive job. The Chiefs are coming off of four straight winning seasons. The quarterback decision has already been made. There is a ton of young talent on the roster, and the coaching staff is top notch. In all reality, this is a very attractive job for a potential GM. In fact, it’s a job many would not have thought to be able to get.

Honorable Mention: Scott Pioli

It does have to be mentioned. By all accounts, Scott Pioli has apparently smoothed out his rough edges and learned to relax. He was a very good talent evaluator who is responsible for some of the top talent in KC. This is definitely a long-shot, and I see it as highly unlikely…but the same could be said for the firing of John Dorsey, right?