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Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Updated: January 18, 1:14 PM ET
Bears interview Jimmy Raye

By Jeff Dickerson
ESPNChicago.com

San Diego Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye interviewed Tuesday with the Chicago Bears for their general manager job.

Raye is the second candidate this week to interview for the position. Raye's visit to Halas Hall on Tuesday comes one day after the club met with New England Patriots director of pro personnel Jason Licht.

Raye, the son of former NFL veteran player and assistant coach Jimmy Raye II, joined the Chargers in 1996 and worked as a scout before being bumped up to San Diego's director of college scouting in 2000. In 2008, Raye assumed his current title of director of player personnel and for the last five years has overseen both the club's professional and college scouting department, while also assisting Chargers general manager A.J. Smith on player personnel matters.

Raye played for the Los Angeles Rams in 1991, spending the entire year on the active roster. He attended training camp with the Chargers (1992) and Houston Oilers (1993) before a two-year coaching stint that ended with Raye serving as an offensive assistant-quality control coach for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Since 2000, the Chargers have drafted such notable players as LaDainian Tomlinson, Drew Brees, Vincent Jackson, Shawne Merriman, Darren Sproles and Michael Turner.

The Bears also are expected to interview Chiefs director of college scouting Phil Emery and New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross. Current Bears director of player personnel Tim Ruskell remains a candidate for the job, although it's unclear if the organization plans to put Ruskell through the official interview process.

Jeff Dickerson covers the Bears for ESPNChicago.com and ESPN 1000.