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Sunday, December 30, 2012
Names surface as Jags GM possibilities

By Paul Kuharsky

Gene Smith is on his way out as general manager in Jacksonville, says ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The idea of owner Shad Khan parting ways with his top football executive is no surprise. But Schefter provides two names that could be in line to replace Smith:

Arizona director of player personnel Jason Licht and San Francisco director of player personnel Tom Gamble.

According to Schefter, one of those two could be brought in and then have control over the fate of coach Mike Mularkey, who will finish his first year in the post with a 2-14 record if the Jaguars lose in Tennessee today.

Notes on the two apparent candidates:
I’ve heard another scenario that could be in play as well. Smith could be retained, but see a VP of football operations hired over him.

Would he be willing to stay under his contract that runs through 2014 in a role with reduced power? I can’t pretend to know.