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Edit: Albert Breer says permission has been granted.
Adam Schefter reports that in addition to Brian Gaine, the Jets have also sought permission to speak with Jimmy Raye.
Jets requested permission to interview Miami's Brian Gaine and San Diego's Jimmy Raye for GM.
Raye has spent the last seventeen years in the San Diego front office. He has been Director of Player Personnel since 2008. The eight years before that, he was Director of College Scouting for the Chargers, and he was a scout before that.
I'm kind of mixed on Raye. During his time running the Draft, San Diego built one of the most talented rosters in the league. The Chargers hit on a lot of high caliber players. LaDainian Tomlinson, Drew Bress, Quentin Jammer, Igor Olshansky, Philip Rivers (on a Draft day trade), Shaun Phillips, Shawne Merriman, Luis Castillo, Antonio Cromartie, and Marcus McNeill were among the players the team chose.
At the same time, there has been a big decline in their personnel in recent years since Raye got promoted. On top of this, the team that knows him best just passed him over for a general manager job. There don't seem to be many Chargers fans upset about that either.
I like Raye better than Scott Cohen or Brian Gaine, but hiring him would be kind of a letdown.