NASHVILLE – The Titans on Saturday interviewed Bears Assistant General Manager Ian Cunningham and Cardinals Vice President/Player Personnel Quentin Harris for the team's General Manager position.
Cunningham, who just completed his first season with the Bears, has 14 years of NFL front office experience.
Cunningham previously served as Director of Player Personnel for the Philadelphia Eagles, a position he was promoted to at the beginning of the 2021 season. Prior to his promotion, Cunningham worked as the Assistant Director of Player Personnel (2019-20) and oversaw the college scouting department from 2017-18 as the Director of College Scouting with the Eagles.
Cunningham's NFL front office career began in 2008 when he was hired in Baltimore as a Player Personnel Assistant. After five seasons as an assistant, he worked as a Southeast Area Scout for the Ravens for two seasons (2013-14) before taking on additional responsibility as the Southeast/Southwest Area Scout from 2015-16.
Cunningham, who played at the University of Virginia, was an offensive lineman who signed with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2008 as an undrafted free agent.
Harris, meanwhile, just completed his 15th season in Arizona's scouting department and second as Vice President, Player Personnel after being promoted last February. Prior to his promotion, Harris spent two years (2019-20) as Director, Player Personnel after working as the team's Director, Pro Scouting for six seasons (2013-18).
According to the Cardinals media guide, worked alongside former Cardinals GM Steve Keim, managing both the college and pro personnel departments. His duties include evaluating the top college prospects nationally as well as the organization and implementation of the draft process. Harris oversees the pro personnel department which includes player acquisition, evaluation and assisting with player contract negotiations.
Harris, who played free safety for four seasons with the Cardinals (2002-05), began his scouting career after finishing his NFL playing career with the Denver Broncos in 2007. He joined the Cardinals in 2008 as a pro scout and was elevated to Assistant Pro Personnel Director in 2010.
On Friday, the Titans interviewed with Browns Assistant General Manager/VP of Player Personnel Glenn Cook and 49ers Director of Player Personnel Ran Carthon.
On Thursday, the Titans interviewed in-house candidates Ryan Cowden and Monti Ossenfort.
Interviews with other candidates will continue in the coming days.
Back on December 6, Titans controlling owner Amy Adams Strunk made the decision to part ways with general manager Jon Robinson, who was hired prior to the 2016 season.
Strunk is leading the process of finding his replacement, and the plan is to interview a large number of candidates, including personnel evaluators across the NFL.
Strunk said a committee including herself, Kenneth S. Adams, IV from the ownership group, President and CEO Burke Nihill, Senior VP/Business Affairs and Chief Legal Officer Adolpho Birch III and Senior VP/General Counsel & Chief of Staff Dan Werly will be involved in the interviews.
"We want someone who is an exceptional talent evaluator, exceptional at roster building, and someone who is an excellent decision-maker," Strunk said in recent interview. "I also want someone who is a collaborator, someone who is able to find and build consensus to get to the best answers for the team, someone who is open to innovation and evaluating talent beyond the traditional avenues. Just really a talented person in all areas. But more than anything I want someone that can collaborate – that is super important to me, being able to find this person who can collaborate so we're all working together, rowing the same direction.
"I am excited about the process, and I am excited about finding the right person. I think this is going to be a great reset for us going forward, a chance to bring in new ideas, a new way of doing things."