The Tennessee Titans will name Union City, Tenn., native Jon Robinson as their new general manager, according to a league source familiar with the situation.
Robinson, the Buccaneers director of player personnel, was one of six candidates to interview for the general manager position and the move is expected to be announced later today by the team.
Robinson spent 12 years with the New England Patriots and served for five years as their director of college scouting before spending the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
The other finalist for the position was Kansas City Chiefs director of football operations Chris Ballard, who had a seven-hour interview on Monday, but the two sides could not come to an agreement over certain personnel decisions.
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The Titans are likely to keep interim coach Mike Mularkey, as he is the current frontrunner for the position. Early in the process, sources told TitanInsider that the club was planning to pair Mularkey with a young general manager. However, they will interview former Buffalo Bills coach Doug Marrone and Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Teryl Austin as well. The interviewing of Austin would satisfy the NFL’s Rooney Rule, which states that clubs must speak to at least one minority candidate for all coaching and general manager hires. Josh McDaniels, the Patriots offensive coordinator, has ties to Robinson. But it is not known how much input Robinson will get in the coaching decision, since that appeared to be one of the sticking points that steered Ballard and the Titans away from each other, per a league source.
Others to interview for the general manager position included Marc Ross of the Giants, former Lions GM Martin Mayhew, former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist and former Colts GM Chris Polian. All of those candidates interviewed with the Titans search committee last week. The committee consisted of team president Steve Underwood, controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk, part owner Kenneth Adams IV and vice president of football administration Vin Marino.
Robinson comes into a situation in Tennessee where a potential franchise quarterback is already in place in Marcus Mariota, and though some pieces must be added, he should be able to do so with the club owning the first pick in the 2016 NFL Draft and having roughly $20 million in salary cap space to work with in free agency.