The Chicago Bears also requested permission to interview Pace last week, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. However, reports from Pro Football Talk and the NFL Network both suggested Monday that Pace is likely to stay in New Orleans.
Pace also turned down the chance to interview with the Miami Dolphins last season, saying at the time that the Saints had the best group of scouts and the best working relationship with coaches of any time since he joined the organization in 2001.
The PFT report said "the current thinking is he’ll stay put."
However, the PFT report disputed the NFL Network’s suggestion that current Saints general manager Mickey Loomis' role might be reduced as Pace’s role expands.
The NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport originally reported Monday morning that he was hearing it’s more likely that Pace gets promoted as Loomis does more in his dual role as executive vice president of both the Saints and the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans. PFT quickly followed by citing a source with knowledge of the situation that Loomis remains entrenched as the Saints' GM, and that no one needs to move up to handle any of Loomis' duties.
Though I haven’t confirmed any of those details, I tend to believe the PFT report is more accurate because those shifting roles with Loomis and Pace already occurred to a certain extent. Loomis took over as VP of the Pelicans after Saints owner Tom Benson bought the team in 2012, and Pace was promoted in 2013 from pro personnel director to his current role, which oversees both pro and college scouting.
Pace originally joined the Saints just two years after he finished his playing days as a defensive end at Eastern Illinois. Pace started as an assistant in areas like game-day and training-camp operations before working his way up through the scouting department. He became the pro personnel director in 2007.