Two NFL teams ended their search for a new general manager on Tuesday. The Arizona Cardinals tabbed an in-house candidate – vice president of player personnel Steve Keim – to replace Rod Graves, while the Jacksonville Jaguars went outside the organization and hired Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell to replace Gene Smith. “We got our man,” Jaguars owner Shad Khan said in a statement. “I have a lot of faith in David Caldwell and I can assure our fans that the best days for the Jacksonville Jaguars are in front of us.” Caldwell worked as an area and then regional scout for the Indianapolis Colts from 1998-2007 before joining the Falcons as their director of college scouting in 2008. Last February, Caldwell was promoted after the Falcons lost Les Snead to a general manager’s position with the St. Louis Rams. “I am thrilled to accept the offer to become the next general manager of the Jacksonville Jaguars,” Caldwell said. “There are no bad GM opportunities in the NFL, but to work on behalf of a dynamic owner in a rabid football city like Jacksonville is truly special. “This is where I wanted to be and I could not be happier. I can’t wait to get to Jacksonville and get started.” Caldwell had also drawn interest from the New York Jets. A third team may fill their general manager vacancy as the San Diego Chargers are expected to announce their choice this week. The three candidates for the position are current director of player personnel Jimmy Raye, Colts director of player personnel Tom Telesco and San Francisco 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, who interviewed with president Dean Spanos, executives Ed McGuire and John Spanos and consultant Ron Wolf on Tuesday. Here’s a look at the coaching and general manager carousel: Arizona Cardinals : As noted above, the Cardinals promoted Keim to general manager and will now go about with their search for a head coach to replace Ken Whisenhunt. The Cardinals interviewed current defensive coordinator Ray Horton and Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and have requested permission to interview Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Todd Haley and Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden. The Gruden interview will take place on Thursday, president Michael Bidwill confirmed on Wednesday. Buffalo Bills : The Bills hired former Syracuse head coach Doug Marrone to replace Chan Gailey, who was fired after three seasons with the team. No official announcements have been made by the team, but Marrone has brought Syracuse offensive coordinator Nathaniel Hackett with him to Buffalo and has hired former Jets defensive coordinator Mike Pettine to run the defense. Carolina Panthers : According to Joseph Person of the Charlotte Observer, the Panthers have begun to interview general manager candidates , with the club beginning with Montreal Alouettes GM Jim Popp and New York Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross. Other candidates include interim GM Brandon Beane, Giants senior pro personnel analyst Dave Gettleman, Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson and Minnesota Vikings assistant GM George Paton.
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