The Bears search to replace Jerry Angelo as general manager will soon start with four interviews.
Jason Licht of the New England Patriots, Phil Emery of the Kansas City Chiefs, Jimmy Raye of the San Diego Chargers and Marc Ross of the New York Giants will interview with the Bears.
Bears interim general manager Tim Ruskell also remains a contender and will receive an interview.
The list, however, is not limited to those five candidates, as a couple of other candidates could emerge.
Here's a closer look at the five known candidates:
* Phil Emery, Chiefs college scouting director: Very diverse background, which includes eight years as a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. He was also an assistant coach (mostly defensive line or strength coach) at several colleges. Broke into the NFL with the Bears in 1998, as an area scout. He left to become the college scouting director of the Atlanta Falcons from 2004 to 2008. He's served in that same capacity the last three seasons for the Chiefs.
* Jason Licht, New England Patriots Director of Pro Personnel -- He's in his 16th NFL season, and he's worked with the Patriots, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles, where he finished as the vice president of player personnel. Licht first joined the Patriots personnel department in 1999 as a college scout.
* Jimmy Raye, San Diego Chargers Director of Player Personnel -- The son of a long respected NFL assistant coach of the same name, Raye has developed in San Diego after a brief NFL career as a receiver. He initially joined the Chargers in 1996, working as a scout, then became the college scouting director in 2000. He now oversees the college and pro scouting departments.
* Marc Ross, New York Giants Director of College Scouting -- An All-Ivy League receiver, Ross is in his fifth season with the Giants. He got his start in personnel with the Eagles in 1996 then became the team's eastern regional scout from 1997 to 2000. At the age of 27, he became the league's youngest college scouting director.
* Tim Ruskell, Bears Director of Player Personnel -- He's the Bears interim GM, and he previously held that position with the Seattle Seahawks.