By Dan Durkin-
(CBS) The Chicago Bears’ search for a new general manager is officially on.
The first two candidates to interview for the job on Tuesday were Tennessee Titans vice president of player personnel Lake Dawson and Houston Texans director of pro scouting Brian Gaine, the team confirmed via their official Twitter account.
A former tight end at the University of Maine, Gaine was on the Jets’ and Giants’ practice squads and has spent the last 15 years working in NFL front offices. Gaine got his start with the Jets in 1999 as a member of their college scouting department and worked his way up to assistant director of pro scouting.
In 2005, Gaine took the same role with the Dallas Cowboys, spending three years with the team before moving on to Miami in 2008. For three years, Gaine served as the Dolphins’ assistant director of player personnel and was promoted to director of player personnel in 2011.
In 2012, Gaine was promoted to assistant general manager working as the No. 2 to then-general manager Jeff Ireland. Gaine was fired in 2014 but latched on with the Houston Texans as their director of pro scouting.
The Bears are scheduled to meet with Kansas City Chiefs director of pro personnel Chris Ballard on Wednesday along with New Orleans Saints director of pro personnel Ryan Pace, per the Tribune’s Rich Campbell.
With Baltimore Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta declining an interview, this schedule matches the original list of candidates the the Bears requested permission to interview.