|Born:||September 20, 1985|
Canandaigua, New York
|High school:||Canandaigua (NY)|
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Ryan Poles (born September 20, 1985) is an American football executive and former offensive lineman who is the general manager of the Chicago Bears of the National Football League (NFL). Poles previously served as the executive director of player personnel for the Kansas City Chiefs and has served in various executive roles with the Chiefs for 13 seasons.
A native of Canandaigua, New York, Poles attended Canandaigua Academy before playing college football at Boston College as an offensive lineman from 2003 to 2007. Poles signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears in 2008, but he didn't make it on the 53-man roster and was cut.
In 2008, following the end of his playing career, Poles returned to his alma mater Boston College as a graduate assistant and was involved in recruiting.
In 2009, Poles was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs as a scouting assistant under general manager Scott Pioli. In 2010, he was promoted to college scouting coordinator. In 2013, Poles was retained under new general manager John Dorsey.
In 2016, Poles was promoted to director of college scouting. Poles was retained and promoted to assistant director of player personnel in 2018 under new general manager Brett Veach.
On June 9, 2021, Poles was promoted to executive director of player personnel.
On January 25, 2022, Poles was named the general manager of the Chicago Bears, replacing Ryan Pace. Poles' first significant move with the Bears was trading linebacker Khalil Mack to the Los Angeles Chargers for a second round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and a sixth round pick in 2023.
Poles is married to his wife, Katie, and they have two children together. Poles graduated from Boston College with a degree in Communications in 2007.