2021 NFL General Manager Search Tracker

This year’s NFL GM carousel figures to be more active than usual. The Falcons, Lions, Panthers, Texans, and Jaguars are all on the hunt for a new front office leader. And that’s only the official list. The real tally shows six clubs looking for a GM, since the Washington Football Team is expected to install a GM to work alongside head coach Ron Rivera. By mid-January, we could easily see a couple more jobs opening up — that’d put ~25% of the NFL on the market.

We’ll keep track of the GM candidates for each club here, along with their current status. If and when other teams decide to make general manager changes, they’ll be added to this list. Here’s the current breakdown:

Updated 1-19-21 (7:02pm CT)

Atlanta Falcons

Carolina Panthers 

Denver Broncos

Detroit Lions

Houston Texans

Jacksonville Jaguars

Washington Football Team

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23 comments on “2021 NFL General Manager Search Tracker

  1. Krujo

    I hope you just forgot the NY football Giants here. It’s Christmas you know. I hope Santa just forgot to bring them a new GM too. Well I guess a firing would have to happen first but here’s to New Years Resolutions lol.

    • Maybe he’ll decide that he’s accomplished all he set out to do with the Giants and retire.

  2. crosseyedlemon

    Thank goodness we have these trackers. The real fun starts when teams start shuffling their coaching staffs.

  3. Steven St Croix

    Anybody who thinks Rick Smith is a good hire, go look at his drafts. Only reason they drafted JJ was Wade Phillips.

    • wagner13

      I don’t think he was that bad. He picked up Watson and found a gem in Matt Schaub for pennies on the dollar. He seemed to be pretty good at scouting pass-rushers, nabbing Mario Williams, JJ Watt, Whitney Mercilus, and Connor Barwin. Some notable blockers he acquired through the draft include Duane Brown, Eric Winston, Brandon Brooks, and Nick Myers. Successful linebackers include Demeco Ryans, Benardrick McKinney, and Brian Cushing. We shouldn’t forget DeAndre Hopkins either. It’s not as though he was thought to be a guaranteed success upon being drafted.

      Of course, Smith had his weaknesses. He seemed to fail at scouting cornerbacks and drafted the likes of Amobi Okoye and Kevin Johnson. It’s hard to blame him for the Clowney selection, as everyone at the time was touting him to be the first overall selection. Honestly, I see more good than bad when evaluating his overall body of work. He had the occasional miss, but that could probably be said about any intelligent general manager. Even Ozzie Newsome and Bill Belichick made/make mistakes from time to time. If you really want to see some poor draft history, look at the Falcons

      • Ak185

        Agreed. Smith got a lot of starts out of his picks-over the the course of over a decade that he was in Houston. More than half of his picks from 2007-2012 were still on the Texans according to an SI article I read (64%). I looked for some more recent analysis since his leaving the Texans to get some better specifics to support my memory, but did not see any. Smith was known for flying under the radar so I am hardly surprised.

        I’d say that he did an excellent job drafting. Whatever issue the Texans had, it wasn’t there.

      • dcahen

        I’d have to disagree on just 2 big draft failures; both #1 overall opportunities were wasted on good but not great edge rushers, Mario Williams & Clowney (who was overhyped because of one tackle that went viral). You can not miss on a #1 overall pick, ever.

        • wagner13

          I understand Mario wasn’t elite, but he was a steady contributor and turned out to be way better than the alternative options (Bush and Young). I mean, let’s be honest, is there any scenario in which the Texans select an “elite” player with the first overall pick in that draft? Remember, we can’t use hindsight and have to take into account the player evaluations at the time. The only selection that would have definitely panned out would be D’Brickashaw Ferguson. Otherwise, I don’t really see what else he could have done

          • Ak185

            Yeah, Williams actually ended up with a decent career. Should have done better? Yes. Had work ethic issues? Doubly yes. Left for a big money deal? Certainly. But the talent was there, and he did produce for the Texans. 53 sacks in six or so years isn’t too bad.

            As for Clowney, he was the consensus number one pick before that hit. I don’t get why that bit of misinformation is still making the rounds. Was he a disappointment? Yes, partially, because he never became the sack master that he was supposed to be. But he was a very good player on the field. His missed games were the biggest issue, especially because Watt was missing games when Clowney wasn’t. Even so, he was traded for a pittance because O’Brien did not like him. His play was not bad. I can’t say that he was really a failure, despite the low sack numbers, and while Smith could have picked someone better, Clowney did look like the number one pick at the time and did produce for Houston. The Texans’ last playoff season is the best example, when both Watt and Mercilus went down and Clowney was their only rusher of note.

            I wouldn’t hold that against Smith’s record as evidence of his inability to draft. By all accounts, he made reasonable picks.

  4. parkers

    Is it true whenever you watch a football game you automatically become an expert?

    • crosseyedlemon

      The cosmic order of the universe is maintained by having men experts at sports and women experts at shopping for shoes.

  5. Blackjackscout

    The Lions sure are kicking a lot of tires. I think some teams might be waiting to see if Howie Roseman gets cut by the Eagles. However, with him being an Eagles employee for 20 years now, and a friend of Jeffrey Laurie’s, he will probably get reassigned but not dismissed. Put Howie in contracting and get him the hell out of drafting.

    • Ak185

      Roseman also righted the ship after the Chip Kelly debacle. I could see him hanging around after Pederson is deservedly fired. I am unsure how much blame for this season specifically to lay at Roseman’s feet, especially considering the fact that he essentially did nearly all the work in assembling the SuperBowl win, aling with Frank Reich. Maybe it’s a lot, maybe not so much. How much is his own failure at building the roster, and how much actually is it bad luck with injuries and bad coaching of who was left?

  6. Thronson5

    I hope the Jags don’t think about letting Baalke keeping the GM position. Not a Jags fan, I’m a 49ers fan and I promise they do not want that guy lol

    • Ak185

      Agreed. Balls not only was awful but apparently difficult to work with. You may be able to get away with one of those, at least temporarily, but not both of them.

  7. RWBlueshirts

    Eliot Wolf really dropped off the radar after he lost the GB job to Gutekunst.

    • getoffmylawn

      Elliott Wolf absolutely deserves an interview, at least, with clubs looking for a GM. He did a solid job here in Cleveland while with a John Dorsey. Since he isn’t an analytics guru he was let go. But he’s young enough and smart enough to learn and has an old-school sense of scouting that smart teams should still value and incorporate into “modern” scouting protocols.And why Louis Riddick isn’t running a team yet I can’t understand.

  8. crosseyedlemon

    I’d like to see Reggie McKenzie get another chance. He didn’t deserve to be thrown under the bus in Oakland by Mark Davis and Gruden.

    • Ak185

      Agreed here. McKenzie built a pretty successful roster with Del Rio, and both seemed to get unceremoniously dumped despite their overall decent job in rebounding from the Dennis Allen mess. He seems like someone to at least get an interview if he wants it.

  9. crosseyedlemon

    Looks like the Panthers and Lions are committed to using the dart board approach.

  10. thebluemeanie

    Lions interviewed Colts assistant GM Ed Dodds today. I still like a Riddick, but he’d also be a good hire in my opinion.

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