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Chargers interview Jimmy Raye for vacant GM spot

The Chargers have interviewed director of player personnel Jimmy Raye for their GM opening and are heading out to interview other candidates, according to a league source.

Raye is a strong internal candidate and could replace A.J. Smith, but the process will go through next week. Other candidates include Steve Keim (Arizona), Tom Gamble (SF), Tom Telesco (Indy), Dave Caldwell (Atlanta) and Marc Ross (Giants).

[Coaching rumors: Jan. 3 updates]

The team could also end up interviewing coaching candidates as well along its travels, the source said. The Chargers have interest in Colts coordinator Bruce Arians and Penn State coach Bill O'Brien, among others, according to sources. The Chargers have yet to formally request permission to speak to coaching candidates but will shortly.

The Chargers plan to hire a general manager before the head coach.

Before joining CBS Sports, Jason La Canfora was the Washington Redskins beat writer for The Washington Post for six years and served as NFL Network's insider. The Baltimore native can be seen every Sunday during the season on The NFL Today.
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