Tom Telesco, the Indianapolis Colts vice president of football operations, has been named the new general manager of the San Diego Chargers.
The Chargers are expected to make an official announcement at 4:00 pm. Telesco will replace fired general manager A.J. Smith. Telesco beat out Jimmy Raye, the Chargers' director of player personnel.
Telesco was promoted to vice president of football operations in 2012, and worked in the Colts organization for 14 years.
His first task with the Chargers will be to help select a new coach to replace Norv Turner, who was fired along with Smith on Dec. 31 after the Chargers missed the playoffs for the third straight season.
The move is raising speculation that Telesco may offer the job to Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians. Arians led the rookie-heavy Colts team to 11-5 this season (9-3 in Head Coach Chuck Pagano's absence while he battled leukemia).
Arians, 60, is expected to interview for head coaching jobs with the Bears, Eagles and Browns. He missed the Colts' playoff appearance last Sunday in Baltimore after an illness. He was discharged from a Baltimore hospital Monday, according to reports, but checked back into hospital upon returning to Indianapolis for an inner ear condition, NBC Sports said.
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