One of the more respected former Indianapolis Colts front office administrators is on the docket to interview for the open Carolina Panthers’ GM position. Jimmy Raye III was the Colts VP of football operations from 2013-2016 and even interviewed for the Colts opening when Ryan Grigson was fired.
Raye held the interim role of sorts between then and the hire of current Colts GM Chris Ballard, and has been considered a rising star in the league for some time now. The Colts showed some interest in retaining Raye once Ballard was brought in, but he chose to carve his own path elsewhere as his vision of becoming an NFL GM appears to be likely in the near future.
Raye went on to become the Houston Texans’ VP of player personnel/Assistant GM last season and will now, again, interview to take the reins of his own team. Raye was in the Chargers organization from 1996-2012 working his way up from scout to VP of player personnel before coming to the Colts.
Raye also interviewed with the San Francisco 49ers previous to last season before John Lynch was hired, and landed with the Texans. Around the Colts, Raye was known for bringing in pivotal free agents who were able to contribute to the active roster and having an eye for overlooked talent. Despite working under Grigson, Raye has a very good reputation throughout the league and will continue to be a worthy candidate going forward if he doesn’t land the Panthers job as he continues to seek a GM role in the league.