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AJ Smith has said he has a list of potential candidates to fill the vacant Pro Personnel Director for the San Diego Chargers and the first name mentioned was Dwight Adams, recently released from Buffalo. But Adams is seventy years old and new blood, with deep roots may be the way to go.

"I'm just lining up candidates and making calls," Smith said. "I'll try to talk to maybe five or six people."

Charles Bailey, the former Pro Personnel director of the Steelers during the Tom Donahoe/Tom Modrak/early Bill Cowher years, is being mentioned prominently in discussions regarding the vacant Pro Personnel position in San Diego. He has recently interviewed with the Bolts and has scheduled an interview with Jacksonville.

He joined the Steelers in June of 1989 after eight years as an eastern scout with National Football Scouting. His responsibilities include the scouting of Steelers opponents in the NFL and evaluating pro players.

Bailey, who left the Steelers for a similar job at New Orleans, and then was demoted to the post of Director of Community Affairs when the Randy Mueller regime fell, teamed with Mueller to make astute personnel decisions, turning the Saints from hapless losers into a playoff team.

Bailey began his scouting career in 1981 with National. His start with National followed six years on the coaching staff at Winston-Salem State (1976-81).

Bailey, 46, attended North Carolina Central, where he played football from1969-73. He graduated in 1974 with a physical education degree, and in 1980 he earned his master's in guidance and counseling from North Carolina A&T.

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