Chicago Bears hiring Ryan Poles as next general manager

Alyssa Barbieri
Bears Wire

After a long and extensive search, it appears the Chicago Bears have finally found their next general manager.

The Bears announced Tuesday night that they have hired Kansas City Chiefs assistant director of player personnel Ryan Poles as their next GM.

Poles was in Chicago for his second interview on Tuesday - where he was even personally escorted by Chairman George McCaskey from the airport.

The 36-year-old Poles was considered a rising star within the Chiefs organization. He got his start as a scouting assistant with Kansas City in 2009 before making his ascent within the organization. He was promoted to director of college scouting in 2016 before he was promoted once more to assistant director of player personnel in 2018. Poles recently stepped into the role as Chiefs’ executive director of player personnel. He was a finalist for the Panthers GM job last offseason.

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The Bears fired general manager Ryan Pace and head coach Matt Nagy at the conclusion of the 2021 season.  after seven seasons. Pace had been Chicago's GM for seven seasons, overseeing two playoff berths (both wild card losses) and one winning season – in 2018 when the Bears went 12-4.