Sources: Bears eye Snead, DeCosta

Chicago Bears president Ted Phillips said the search for Jerry Angelo's successor as general manager began in earnest Tuesday, and by Thursday some names had emerged.

A league source told ESPNChicago.com Thursday that the club is "meticulously vetting" Atlanta Falcons director of player personnel Les Snead as a candidate to bring in to interview.

Also, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter Thursday that the Bears requested permission Thursday to interview Ravens executive Eric DeCosta. He is believed to be the top contender for the job, according to multiple sources, but he also will interview with the St. Louis Rams, according to reports.

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