The Kansas City Chiefs announced 20 player personnel promotions and additions on Wednesday, according to an official press release posted to Chiefs dot com.
Mike Borgonzi – Assistant General Manager
Brandt Tilis – Vice President of Football Operations
Ryan Poles – Executive Director of Player Personnel
Mike Bradway – Senior Director of Player Personnel
Chris Shea – Vice President of Football Operations / Team Counsel
Ryne Nutt – Senior Director of College Scouting
Tim Terry – Senior Director of Pro Personnel
Trey Koziol – Assistant Director of College Scouting
Willie Davis – Senior Personnel Executive
Pat Sperduto – Senior College Scouting Executive
Terry Delp – Senior College Scouting Executive
David Hinson – Senior College Scouting Executive
Greg Castillo – College Scouting Coordinator / Area Scout
Jason Lamb – Area Scout
Cassidy Kaminski – Area Scout
Ricky Seale – NFS Scout
Jalen Myrick – Pro Scout
Kunal Tanna – Player Personnel Assistant
Anthony McGee – Player Personnel Assistant
Ryan Weese – Training Camp Player Personnel Intern
There are four significant changes to note:
- Assistant general manager Mike Borgonzi: Once referred to as the Chiefs’ “secret weapon” by NFL Network analyst and AP lobbyist Peter Schrager, Borgonzi was promoted to assistant general manager after spending three years as the director of football operations. He began his Chiefs career in 2009 as a college scouting administrator and has risen his way up through the ranks over the last 12 years in Kansas City. Borgonzi was named a general manager candidate to watch by CBS Sports back in 2020.
- Vice presidents of football operations Brandt Tilis and Chris Shea (also named team counsel): Tilis and Shea can properly be referred to as the “Salary Cap Dream Team” in Kansas City. As Patrick Mahomes signed his monumental new contract in July of last year, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach credited Tilis with being the first to realize the quarterback was going to get a “baseball” contract, allowing the team to begin working away and planning years in advance. Tilis begin his Chiefs career as a salary cap and contract analyst back in 2010 and was the team’s director of football administration over the last four years prior to the promotion on Wednesday. Tilis interviewed with the Carolina Panthers for their vacant general manager position earlier this year. Shea joined the Chiefs a little more recently — in 2017 — as a salary cap and legal executive. Shea earned his law degree from Hofstra back in 2007. Soon after, he began working as an NFL law clerk before spending time with the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles and eventually getting the call to Kansas City. How do the Chiefs go from $177 to being able to sign everybody they need? Look no further than Tilis and Shea.
- Executive director of player personnel Ryan Poles: Poles has been a member of the Chiefs’ personnel department for nearly 12 years, starting as a scouting assistant in 2009 and working his way up to the team’s assistant director of player personnel, a position he held for the last three seasons prior to the promotion. Poles was named one of four finalists for the Carolina Panthers general manager job this past offseason. Since 2009, Poles scouted under Scott Pioli, John Dorsey and now Veach, giving him a variety of perspectives when it comes to ways of doing things. When the time comes, Poles may quietly be the team’s first general manager candidate off the board.