Yesterday we noted a report from Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel that the Chicago Bears were "on the verge" of hiring Kansas City Chiefs college scouting director Phil Emery for their GM job, which made it seem like the deal was, you know, about to get done.
Not exactly right. Not yet, at least. Maybe the two sides do ultimately agree on something but the Bears have made it known to Chicago-area reporters that they have not offered the job to anyone and there is another round of interviews coming. McGinn's updated report cites sources who believe Emery will ultimately be hired as the Bears GM.
Chicago's GM search included five candidates but now it's just down to two -- Emery and Jason Licht of the New England Patriots. The others were Marc Ross of the New York Giants, Jimmy Raye of the San Diego Chargers and in-house candidate Tim Ruskell.
Emery and Licht are expected to interview this week, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
Interesting that the two finalists have connections to the Patriots tree. Emery also has connections to the Bears dating back to his time as an area scout so he may be less inclined to blow up the front office, which current Bears employees probably wouldn't mind.