Rumors Swirl Around Kansas City Chiefs Director Of Player Personnel Chris Ballard

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An offseason of turnover could feature more than just players on the roster.

A report from Pro Football Talk suggests the Chicago Bears could be interested in Kansas City Chiefs Director of Player Personnel Chris Ballard as their next general manager should the team decide to part with current GM Phil Emery (pictured above). It is still assumed Phillips will be around for next season but things may change if Ballard decides he wants to return to Chicago.

Here’s what the report said.

"Ballard could choose to return to Chicago, where he spent 12 years under former G.M. Jerry Angelo and (for one year) current and apparently-soon-to-be-former G.M. Phil Emery."

Ballard said a season ago he wanted to remain in Kansas City after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a request to interview him for their open GM job. It is unclear if Ballard’s stance on that subject has changed.

Should he go to the Bears he’ll have a big mess to clean up. First, he has to make a decision on Jay Cutler, who is owned more money than what the U.S. owes China and has turned into something of a clubhouse cancer. The Bears will have a high draft pick but not one high enough to draft super prospect Marcus Mariota. Ballard would also have to rebuild a defense that is one of the worst in the NFL.

The Bears may not be the ultimate landing spot for Ballard but the day is coming where he’ll accept one of the GM jobs. Vibes around the league suggest there are a lot of Chiefs front office personnel that are appealing to other NFL franchise who are trying to right the ship.