Report: Cardinals offered Ian Cunningham the GM job, but he opted to stay with Bears

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The Cardinals introduced Monti Ossenfort as their new General Manager this week, but he apparently wasn’t the first choice.

Jay Glazer of FOX reports that Bears assistant General Manager Ian Cunningham was offered the job but turned it down. Cunningham’s decision to stay in Chicago on Thursday prompted the Cardinals then to pivot to Ossenfort.

Cardinals owner Michael Bidwill confirmed to reporters Tuesday that the team had spoken with Cunningham and five other candidates before hiring Ossenfort.

“All of these candidates had excellent backgrounds, impressive resumes and had a vision for the organization, but as we went through the process, it became clear that Monti Ossenfort had the combination of a well-defined vision, work ethic, character, the background and experience,” Bidwill said, via arizonasports.com.

Cunningham also interviewed for the Titans’ General Manager opening before they hired 49ers director of player personnel Ran Carthon.

Cunningham just completed his first season with the Bears under General Manager Ryan Poles.

He began his NFL career in 2008 as a player personnel assistant for the Ravens and stayed in Baltimore until 2016 before five seasons with the Eagles as director of college scouting (2017-18), assistant director of player personnel (2019-20) and co-director of player personnel (2021).

8 responses to “Report: Cardinals offered Ian Cunningham the GM job, but he opted to stay with Bears

  1. How bad does your situation have to be that someone turns you down to stay with the Bears?

  2. Looks like the owners have taken the spirit of the Rooney Rule more to heart in their front office hires than their head coaching hires.

  3. How good does the Bears future look that someone turns down a chance for a promotion at another team?

  4. As a life long Bears man I feel Ian Cunningham likes the Bear’s atmosphere. Well Ian my favorite NFL team the Chicago Bears like you right back. Bear Down!

  5. dingodango says:
    January 19, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    How bad does your situation have to be that someone turns you down to stay with the Bears?

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    Maybe Ian Cunningham knows something you clearly don’t know.

  6. Impressive trajectory to go from an Assistant GM to GM in a season where your team was 3 and 14 and pulled the #1 Pick.

    We had to clear cap, offload bad contracts and players but impressive anyone is promoted in the current state.

    I’m a believer, we’re finally on the right track.

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