Bears CEO Ted Phillips said there's no timetable for landing the team's next general manager, even suggesting the process last into February.
But if they're interested in Reggie McKenzie of the Green Bay Packers, they may have to accelerate their plans. In addition to the Raiders, the St. Louis Rams and Indianapolis Colts have GM openings.
McKenzie, the Packers director of football operations, is expected to interview with the Oakland Raiders for the general manager position today, according to a league source.
A former Raiders player, McKenzie has long been rumored to be the top candidate for that vacancy. McKenzie developed under former Packers general manager Ron Wolf, who worked in the personnel department with the Raiders for a combined 25 years. Wolf is now a consultant to Raiders ownership i their search for a general manager.
The Packers have an open weekend, because, as the NFC's No. 1 seed, they have a bye.
Two years ago, the Packers blocked the Bears request to speak to quarterbacks coach Tom Clements for the offensive coordinator job. But per NFL policy, because the Packers have granted one team permission to speak to McKenzie about a vacancy, they cannot deny any other clubs from interviewing him, as well.
But because the Packers season isn't over, McKenzie can't formalize a contract with another club until the employer club is eliminated from contention.