Ryan Poles
Chicago Bears
Position:General manager
Personal information
Born: (1985-09-20) September 20, 1985 (age 36)
Canandaigua, New York
Career information
High school:Canandaigua (NY)
College:Boston College
Career history
As a player:
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
As a coach:
As an executive:
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2009)
    Scouting assistant
  • Kansas City Chiefs (20102015)
    College scouting coordinator
  • Kansas City Chiefs (20162018)
    Director of college scouting
  • Kansas City Chiefs (20192020)
    Assistant director of player personnel
  • Kansas City Chiefs (2021)
    Executive director of player personnel
  • Chicago Bears (2022–present)
    General manager
Career highlights and awards

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.

Early years

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.[1]

Executive career

Boston College

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.

Kansas City Chiefs

In 2009, Poles was hired by the Kansas City Chiefs as a scouting assistant under general manager Scott Pioli.[2] 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.[3]

On June 9, 2021, Poles was promoted to executive director of player personnel.[4]

Chicago Bears

On January 25, 2022, Poles was named the general manager of the Chicago Bears, replacing Ryan Pace.[5] 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.[6]

Personal life

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.


  1. ^ Abriano, Danny (January 19, 2022). "Get to know Giants GM finalist Ryan Poles, a rising star in the Chiefs front office". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  2. ^ Beasley, Adam (January 19, 2022). "Who is Ryan Poles? New York Giants to conduct second interview with Chiefs' draft strategist". profootballnetwork.com. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  3. ^ Conner, Matt (May 27, 2017). "Chiefs name Ryan Poles as new Director of College Scouting". ArrowheadAddict.com. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  4. ^ "Chiefs Announce Personnel Staff Promotions; Club Introduces Norma Hunt Training Camp Fellowship Program". Kansas City Chiefs. June 9, 2021. Retrieved January 21, 2022.
  5. ^ Mayer, Larry (January 25, 2022). "Bears hire Ryan Poles as general manager". Chicago Bears. Retrieved January 25, 2022.
  6. ^ Barbieri, Alyssa. "Ryan Poles makes early statement with Khalil Mack trade". Bears Wire. USA Today.