Buccaneers interested in Chiefs executive Chris Ballard for GM position

USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay is closing in on a new general manager.

SB Nation 2014 NFL Playoff Coverage

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers hired a head coach and offensive coordinator with a wealth of experience, but appear to be going in a very different direction for their vacant general manager position.

Chris Ballard of the Kansas City Chiefs is the front-runner for the job, according to Chris Mortensen of ESPN. Ballard has a total of 13 years of NFL experience, but spent 11 of these years as an area scout for the Chicago Bears. He was named director of pro scouting by the organization in 2012 before making a move to Kansas City in 2013 as director of pro personnel.

It's a resume of sustained success, but a rapid shift in job titles should he be named general manager of the Buccaneers. It's a departure from the team's past, when it took eight years as director of pro personnel for former GM Mark Dominik before being named to the top job.

Tampa Bay is moving quickly after signing Lovie Smith as head coach on Wednesday, signing Jeff Tedford as offensive coordinator and now looking to fill its GM role.

More from SB Nation NFL

AFC playoff bracket | NFC playoff bracket | Expert picks

The Notebook: Boldin, Blount, Hardy poised for playoff dominance

NFL coaching carousel | Bucs hire Smith | Texans choose O’Brien

2014 NFL mock draft: Offseason planning begins for 20 teams

Death of a football player: Helmet-to-helmet hit killed Derek Sheely

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Join SBNation.com

You must be a member of SBNation.com to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at SBNation.com. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.