It’s Week 15 of the NFL season, and that unfortunately means it’s time for the cycle of firings and hirings to soon begin.
Last year I took a look at some general manager and head coaching candidates who I thought would — or should — get interviews for jobs, based off talks I had with sources across the NFL.
I decided to do this project again this year, one that’s sure to leave off some impressive names, regrettably. In today’s look at GM candidates, I spoke with personnel executives, coaches, player and coaching agents, scouts and other staffers to determine who are the top names in this year’s cycle.
Movement among the GM and head coaching ranks isn’t expecting to be as furious as last season when seven GMs and seven head coaches were hired. There are no current GM vacancies in the NFL, though the Giants job is surely coming open. Many around the league anticipate the Bears to come open, and I still believe that’s likely to happen. It’s also possible Mark Davis cleans house in Las Vegas.
Other teams’ execs are keeping an eye on include Miami, Jacksonville and Pittsburgh, with long-time Steelers GM Kevin Colbert working on another one-year deal.
In alphabetical order, here’s my list of top GM candidates for this hiring cycle:
Kevin Abrams, Giants VP of football operations: If John Mara decides to stay within the Giants family for his next GM, Abrams is the odds-on favorite to be the pick after spending nearly a quarter-century with the franchise.
Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, Browns VP of football operations: He was a hot name last cycle and could very well land a job this time around. Adofo-Mensah has a Wall Street background and excels at the numbers part of this business.
Dawn Aponte, NFL chief football administrative officer: She’s worked with the league’s management council as well as in the front offices of the Jets, Browns and Dolphins. She’s as well-rounded as any on this…