Former Tennessee Titans general manager pursues new opportunity

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Two members of the Tennessee Titans front office staff will not be NFL general managers. Not yet, at least.

A former Titans general manager, however, could get a second chance at the job.

Ruston Webster, who was the franchise’s primary voice on all personnel matters from 2012-2015, interviewed the Los Angeles Raiders this week as part of their search for a new general manager. The Raiders are the first former TV analyst Mike Mayock after three seasons in that role.

Webster, 59, is one of seven candidates who have met — or are due to meet with Raiders officials, who also need to hire a head coach. No timetable has been set for when a decision will be made on either position.

Las Vegas is one of four NFL teams that fired their general managers after the regular season. Three, the Chicago Bears, Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants, have completed the interview process and announced their hires.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will also need a new general manager, Kevin Colbert, who has done the job since 2010, announced Friday that he plans to step down after the 2022 NFL Draft.

Titans director of player personnel Monti Ossenfort has interviewed the Bears, Vikings and Giants, but was ignored for each. Tennessee vice president of player personnel Ryan Cowden also interviewed the Giants.

Webster joined the Titans as vice president of player personnel in 2010 and was promoted to general manager after two seasons. He oversaw the drafts which included the selections of Taylor Lewan (first round, 2014) and Marcus Mariota (first round, 2015) and nose tackle DaQuan Jones (fourth round, 2014). That same span included notable misfires such as wide receivers Justin Hunter (second-round, 2013) and Dorial Green-Beckham (second-round, 2015), running back Bishop Sankey (second-round, 2014), and guard Chance Warmack ( first round, 2013).

Webster has been a national scout with the Atlanta Falcons since the Titans fired him.

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