BY: John Mamola /

According to ESPN's NFL Insider Chris Mortensen, Kansas City Chiefs Director Of Player Personnel Chris Ballard is the leading candidate for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers vacant general manager position. 

Ballard was a former Chicago Bears personnel staff member spending 12 seasons with Chicago, including one season as the Director of Pro Scouting in 2012. He spent his first 11 seasons as the Bears Southwest Area Scout and during that time helped the Bears draft Matt Forte, Johnny Knox, Charles Tillman, and Tommie Harris among others.

Prior to his time with Chicago, Ballard spent seven seasons as a coach at Texas A&M-Kingsville after starting his coaching career in 1994 tutoring the wide receivers and moving onto secondary coach. In his final season at Texas A&M-Kingsville, Ballard served as defensive coordinator.