Tribune Star Correspondent
It didn't take the Indianapolis Colts much time to find a replacement for former vice-president of football operations Tom Telesco, who was named as the San Diego Chargers' new general manager last week.
Colts officials announced Monday that former Chargers director of player personnel Jimmy Raye had accepted an offer to take over Telesco's old position with the team.
Raye is an 18-year veteran of working in the National Football League, including the last 17 with San Diego. He served as the Chargers’ director of player personnel from 2008-2012, overseeing the team’s professional and college scouting departments while assisting on player personnel matters.
“We’re excited to be adding someone as high caliber as Jimmy Raye to the Colts organization” Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson said in a statement.
“He has a strong football pedigree, is highly intelligent, and is a top notch evaluator along with being a great human being. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves with him this offseason as we hit the ground running into free agency, the draft, and beyond.”
Raye joined the Chargers in 1996 and spent four seasons (1996-1999) as a scout. He was then elevated to the team’s director of college scouting, spending eight seasons in that role (2000-2007).
His NFL career started with the Kansas City Chiefs as the team’s offensive quality control coach in 1995. He spent the 1994 season as a wide receivers coach at Irvine (California) High School and worked for the Amsterdam Admirals of the World League in April of 1995.
A wide receiver at San Diego State (1986-1990), Raye earned a degree in public administration. In 1991, he signed with the Los Angeles Rams and spent the season on the team’s roster.
Raye also spent time in training camps with the Chargers (1992) and Houston Oilers (1993).
Raye was born in Fayetteville, North Carolina. His father, Jimmy Raye II, played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1969 and is currently an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Raye II is a former assistant with the Kansas City Chiefs (1992-2000) where he coached the tight ends (1992), running backs (1993-1997) and was the offensive coordinator (1998-2000).
Arians decision expected soon -- Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is expected to make a decision concerning his hopes of being an NFL head coach no later than early next week.
Arians had been discussed as a for vacancies in San Diego, Philadelphia, Chicago and Cleveland. The Browns, however, hired veteran offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski late last week as their new head coach.
Should Arians leave, several names have emerged as a potentialreplacement, including Terre Haute native Cam Cameron and Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton. Former San Diego head coach Norv Turner was also considered to be a candidate but he is expected to accept the offensive coordinator’s job in Cleveland.