Chargers Interviewed High-Ranking NFL Employee for GM Job

The Los Angeles Chargers interviewed Dawn Aponte for their GM opening, potentially making her the first woman to hold the position.
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The Los Angeles Chargers' hiring processes for a new coach and a new general manager are in full swing. The organization continues to cast a wide net for its GM search after firing Tom Telesco in December. They have already interviewed seven people for the opening, and the latest name is an intriguing one.

Dawn Aponte, who is currently the NFL's Chief Football Administrative Officer interviewed with the team on Monday.

Chargers Interviewing A Potential Historic Hire For GM Opening

Even though Aponte has been working at the league since 2017, she has extensive experience on the team side as well. She previously worked for the Miami Dolphins, the Cleveland Browns, and the New York Jets in high-ranking positions, most notably as the executive vice president of football administration for the Dolphins.

Aponte isn't the only executive connected to the Dolphins that the Chargers have interviewed so far. Jeff Ireland, who was the Miami Dolphins GM between 2008 and 2013 when Aponte was also there, is one of the frontrunners for the Chargers opening.

What makes Aponte an intriguing option for the Chargers isn't just her role with the NFL.

She would also be a historic addition as she would be the first female general manager in the league if hired.

Regardless of whether Aponte eventually gets the job or not, the outside-the-box thinking of the Chargers should be appreciated. The organization needed a change and new direction after ten years of Tom Telesco, and the decision-makers clearly recognize it.

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