The Houston Texans have a new assistant GM in Jimmy Raye III, the team announced. He was previously the Colts vice president of football operations, so they didn’t even have to look outside of the division to fill the job. NFL Network’s Rapoport points out that he’s just the seventh assistant GM in the entire league, as most teams don’t even have the position.
Raye is 48 years old. He grew up in a football family. His father was an offensive coordinator with the 49ers. He played college football at San Diego State University and was briefly in the NFL in 1991, spending one season with the Los Angeles Rams.
In 1995, he worked with the Kansas City Chiefs as their offensive quality control coach. He then worked as a scout for the Chargers, turned that into a job as their director of college scouting, and by 2008 he was the director of player personnel. He then joined the Colts as their vice president of football operations in 2013.
It’s been a long rise, but he’s working his way toward a potential full GM position. He interviewed with the 49ers to see if he could land that job, as reported by Joe Fann on the team’s official website. He was passed over for that position, which went to John Lynch, despite Raye having far more experience in the front office. The assistant job with the Texans gets him one step closer, so it’s very likely he’ll be one of the active candidates the next time a team has a GM position open.