Updated at 8:41 a.m. January 11
Per NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, Adam Peters is expected to be a finalist for the Commanders’ head of football operations, so the Raiders have some competition if Peters is their top target.
In other news, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Colts assistant general manager Ed Dodds is expected to interview with the Raiders on Friday. Dodds began his career as a scout in Oakland.
Updated at 7:03 p.m. January 10
Per NFL Media’s Tom Pelissero, the Raiders interviewed Denver Broncos executive Kelly Kleine Van Calligan for the opening at general manager.
Updated at 9:45 a.m. January 10
The Raiders are beginning the interview process this week:
Shortly after Las Vegas Raiders interim coach Antonio Pierce discussed his chances to be promoted, the franchise got busy on what may be the first big move — hiring a new general manager.
"I would never use the word 'deserve.' Hopefully, I earned it." - #Raiders interim coach Antonio Pierce— Paul Gutierrez (@PGutierrezESPN) January 8, 2024
According to reports by ESPN and NFL Media, the Raiders have asked permission to talk to San Francisco 49ers executive Adam Peters and Indianapolis Colts’ front-office man Ed Dobbs for the general manager job to replace the fired Dave Ziegler.
Raiders requested permission to interview 49ers’ assistant GM Adam Peters for their general manager job, per source. Raiders and Commanders both now have an interest in Peters.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 8, 2024
Raiders’ interim general manager Champ Kelly is also expected to be a strong candidate as well and there will likely be other candidates.
NFL Media is reporting Kelly will be a candidate in Carolina.
From @NFLTotalAccess Season-End Special: The #Raiders will get moving on their GM search, which will include an interview with interim Champ Kelly, who could also get looks from other teams in the meantime. pic.twitter.com/0wiWN3myLH— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) January 8, 2024
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported Sunday that Kelly is expected to be a candidate for other openings around the league as well. Among the other teams with general manager openings are the Los Angeles Chargers, Washington Commanders and Carolina Panthers.
Dobbs was a candidate in Las Vegas two years ago when Ziegler was hired. He was an intern with the Raiders in 2003 and has ties with Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh who was with the Raiders at the same time.
Harbaugh, of course, is considered a Raiders’ target at head coach.
Peters is well respected in the NFL and Washington has also reportedly asked to interview him as well.
The Raiders are likely going to hire the general manager first so he can have a strong say in who replaces the fired Josh McDaniels. Pierce’s chances are probably best if Kelly is promoted. But everything is fluid and the process is officially under way.
NFL Media has reported the team has also asked for permission to talk to Trey Brown of Cincinnati and Terrance Gray of Buffalo for the general manager position as well. Brown was a candidate in Las Vegas two years ago.
The #Raiders have requested an interview with #Bengals senior personnel executive Trey Brown for their GM job, per source.— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) January 8, 2024
Brown is regarded around the league as a sharp, diverse and well-rounded candidate, and he has been to Super Bowls with multiple teams.