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What Bears, Giants, Raiders and Vikings have in common – The Athletic

It’s not yet known whether NFL teams will hire younger, more diverse general managers in greater numbers. What is known: The teams presently seeking new GMs are certainly interviewing them.

Nineteen of the 24 candidates under consideration for the four vacant GM jobs are not yet 45 years old. Six are in their 30s. Only two, Reggie McKenzie and Jeff Ireland, have been GMs previously. Thirteen of the 24 are not white. One is a 32-year-old woman with a law degree and roots in the CFL. They are interviewing to succeed four white men averaging 59 years in age: Dave Gettleman (70), Mike Mayock (63), Rick Spielman (59) and Ryan Pace (44).

The heavy emphasis on diversity comes after the NFL adopted changes in October requiring teams to interview two external diverse candidates for vacant GM jobs. Last season, the league began awarding third-round compensatory draft choices to teams whose own diverse employees landed GM or head coaching jobs elsewhere, a change incentivizing teams to develop these candidates and recommend them to other teams.

As the New York Giants, Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and Las Vegas Raiders continue the GM hiring process, here’s an updated look at which candidates each of those teams has targeted.

Shading in tables identifies diverse candidates, including the Philadelphia Eagles’ Catherine Raiche, who interviewed with Minnesota and, if hired, would become the second female GM in league history.

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