Eric DeCosta atop Bears' GM list?

For those curious whom the Chicago Bears have on their list of candidates to replace general manager Jerry Angelo, a list of names has begun to emerge.

The Bears requested permission to interview Baltimore Ravens executive Eric DeCosta, who is considered the heir apparent to general manager Ozzie Newsome and is also being pursued by multiple other teams. DeCosta is probably the most popular name on the market, followed closely by Atlanta Falcons executive Les Snead, whom the Bears are also vetting, according to ESPNChicago.com.

DeCosta and Snead would both bring backgrounds in talent evaluation, which Bears president Ted Phillips said was the primary attribute he is seeking. If they want to hire either man, the Bears will probably have to act quickly.

Other names that ESPNChicago.com has reported as possible candidates include Tennessee Titans executive Lake Dawson, Kansas City Chiefs executive Ray Farmer and Arizona Cardinals executive Steve Keim.