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Ravens pro personnel director Vince Newsome on Bears' general manager candidate list

Ravens pro personnel director Vince Newsome is among the candidates the Chicago Bears want to interview for their general manager vacancy, according to former NFL executive John Wooten.

Former New York Giants and Cleveland Browns general manager Ernie Accorsi is directing the Bears' search for a new head coach and personnel boss and Newsome has been highly recommended to him by Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, according to Wooten.

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Newsome, no relation to Ozzie Newsome, is a well-respected longtime Ravens executive and a former Browns and Los Angeles Rams starting safety. Newsome has been director of pro personnel for five years. He originally joined the franchise's personnel department in 1993 after playing safety in the NFL for 11 years and recording 763 career tackles and 17 interceptions.

"We had a real good talk with Ernie, who knows Vince from his playing days with the Browns," said Wooten, chairman of the Fritz Pollard Alliance. "Vince is an excellent evaluator, a great talent evaluator. He knows how to negotiate trades, work the draft board. I think he brings a real quiet humble attitude to the job.

"He gets things done. He has that leadership. He's very deliberate in his approach to scouting. Vince is an excellent, dependable, stable person. He's paid his dues and is ready for this kind of job."

The Bears intend to hire their general manager first and then have him help select the next head coach after firing coach Marc Trestman and general manager Phil Emery on Monday.

"The Bears are doing it the right way, Ernie is doing it the right way," Wooten said. "They want to get the GM in place and then find their coach. It's the right way to do things."

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