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Chiefs say Ballard wanted to stay in Kansas City

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So why did the Chiefs not give director of pro personnel Chris Ballard permission to interview for the G.M. job in Tampa Bay?  Because Ballard didn’t want the G.M. job in Tampa Bay.

The Chiefs have informed PFT that Ballard and his family decided to remain in Kansas City.  The team explained that, while Ballard has great affection and respect for new Buccaneers coach Lovie Smith, Ballard has a young family, he has moved multiple times in recent years, and he is happy working with coach Andy Reid, G.M. John Dorsey, and owner Clark Hunt.

And so the Chiefs denied the request to interview Ballard, at Ballard’s request.

It nevertheless appears that the Chiefs could have blocked the move, unless Ballard is working in the final year of his contract.  Despite a belief in some league circles that promotions to General Manager no longer can be blocked if the G.M. won’t have control over the roster, the rules still define General Manager as “an individual who has (1) the authority over all personnel decisions related to the signing of free agents, the selection of players in the College Draft, trades, terminations, and related decisions, and (2) the responsibility for coordinating other football activities with the Head Coach.”

For front-office employees in the final year of their contracts, the move possibly can be delayed but not stopped.  For front-office employees with more than a year left on their contracts, the move can be blocked unless the promotion entails authority over personnel.

While that Chiefs apparently didn’t use that power in rejecting Tampa’s request to interview Ballard, other teams could — if reports that Smith has control over the roster are accurate.

Smith, in a recent appearance on PFT Live, declined to comment on whether he has power over the roster.  He also declined to identify the candidates, which also reportedly include Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital and Giants V.P. of player evaluation Marc Ross.

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8 Responses to “Chiefs say Ballard wanted to stay in Kansas City”
  1. thestrategyexpert says: Jan 9, 2014 1:20 PM

    I don’t have a family tying me down anywhere. And I’m the best person for the job if that counts for anything.

  2. shayeezy says: Jan 9, 2014 1:31 PM

    also, good news that the chiefs will have ballard’s expertise this offseason – they will need it.

  3. realitypolice says: Jan 9, 2014 2:18 PM

    That doesn’t make any sense. If he wasn’t interested in the job there was absolutely no reason for them to block him- he could just say “no thank you”.

  4. canadianbucsfan says: Jan 9, 2014 2:22 PM

    I don’t know what I think about this. With Lovie having the final say, as a bucs fan I just want a GM that is strictly good with the salary cap and contracts. Dominik was pretty good at that not going to lie, he left us in good shape for $$

  5. paychrisjohnson28 says: Jan 9, 2014 2:30 PM

    Sounds like the right move for Chris Ballard and his family…. to stay with the Kansas City Chiefs…
    rather than go to sunny Tampa Bay.. which if it were me I would consider…having moved numerous times..

    Also, Mr. Florio, if I tap on the name Chris Ballard on this story that goes to the Rotoworld site, I think you have the link to the wrong Chris Ballard attached to this story! You might want to check it out! Thanks…

    — Titans Fan Dan who lives 300 miles north of KC ( =

  6. lscratchingthesurface says: Jan 9, 2014 3:09 PM

    The guy knows talent! I’m glad he’s staying !!!

  7. tlcummins says: Jan 9, 2014 3:26 PM

    Where are all the people from the article saying kc blocked it, hating on kc at now?

  8. joetoronto says: Jan 10, 2014 4:10 AM

    So first they block him and then they say they didn’t.

    No class at all, none.

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