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Ballard turns down 49ers GM job

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
On January 2, 2017 at 9:01 pm EST

According to’s Ian Rapoport, Kansas City Chiefs executive Chris Ballard will not interview for the San Francisco 49ers vacant general manager position. Ballard is the first known candidate to turn down the job opportunity.

Rapoport reports that Ballard believes he has an excellent situation with the Chiefs. He also reported that Ballard has a great relationship with Chiefs general manager John Dorsey.

Chris Ballard (Getty Images)

Chris Ballard (Getty Images)

Ballard, the Chiefs Director of Football Operations, was reportedly the top target of 49ers owner Jed York. According to USA Today’s Tom Pelissaro, the 49ers reached out to the Chiefs to interview Ballard on Monday morning.

Last off-season, Ballard interviewed for the Tennessee Titans general manager job. They eventually named former Tampa Bay Buccaneers executive Jon Robinson as general manager.

The Titans reportedly hired Robinson over Ballard, because he felt head coach Mike Mularkey did not align with that of the team’s ownership.

This season, the Titans went 9-7 with Mularkey as the head coach.

Ballard has just completed his third season with Kansas City. He’s been in the National Football League for 16-years.

He’s interviewed for multiple general manager jobs in the past. It’s believe that he was going to be a general manager this off-season, but that may not be the case now.

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