Two new names have emerged in the New York Jets' search for John Idzik's successor.
The Jets have requested permission to interview Kansas City Chiefs director of player personnel Chris Ballard and Miami Dolphins director of college scouting Chris Grier for their general manager vacancy, according to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.
Ballard is the name that jumps out, but he might be a tough get. Many believe he will land the GM job with the Chicago Bears, who already have requested to speak with him. Ballard was a Bears scout from 2001-11 before moving up to the front office. He's highly respected in league circles. He has been connected to San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Frank Reich as his head coach choice. Reich is scheduled to meet with the Jets in the coming days.
Grier, the son of longtime NFL personnel man Bobby Grier, hasn't been linked to any GM openings this offseason. He has spent 14 years in his current role. Before that, he worked in the New England Patriots' front office. His father, currently in the Houston Texans' front office, worked for several years in Houston with Jets consultant Charley Casserly.
The Jets already have interviewed three candidates and they're slated to meet with two more Sunday and Monday -- Mike Maccagnan (Houston Texans) and Rick Mueller (Philadelphia Eagles), respectively.
The Jets' hope is to hire a GM before a coach, but they're not married to that order.
Meanwhile, they wrapped up two days of interviews in Seattle, where owner Woody Johnson & Co. met with Kirchner, defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and offensive line coach Tom Cable. The interviews are being conducted by Johnson, president Neil Glat and consultants Casserly and Ron Wolf.
The next head coach interview will be with former Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone. They're also hoping to interview Baltimore Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak and Arizona Cardinals defensive coordinator Todd Bowles, both of whom are coaching this weekend.