Rick Smith will interview for the Jaguars’ GM vacancy on Wednesday afternoon, as Ian Rapoport of NFL.com tweets. The former Texans GM is a hot candidate in this cycle, having drawn interest from no less than four teams in recent weeks.
Smith recently interviewed with the Falcons and the Lions are slated to meet with him soon. Meanwhile, the Washington Football Team is also interested in having Smith run the football operations department. Previously, WFT nearly hired Smith before putting the GM role on the back burner.
Smith left Houston after the 2017 season when his wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, and is generally well regarded around the league. He spent 2006-2017 with the Texans, and held the EVP of Football Operations title for his final six years.
The Jaguars have been on the hunt for a new GM since firing Dave Caldwell in late November. Despite holding the worst record in the league, candidates should still see the potential in Jacksonville. The Jaguars just barely missed a Super Bowl berth in 2017 and they may be in position to draft Clemson superstar Trevor Lawrence. Meanwhile, head coach Doug Marrone is on the hot seat, so the incoming GM could have an opportunity to pick his own HC, if Marrone is dismissed.