Top candidates for GM job in Indy 

January, 5, 2012

Bill Polian Brian Spurlock/US PresswireWho will replace Bill Polian as general manager of the Indianapolis Colts?
Adam Schefter answers reader questions in his mailbag twice a week. Got a query of your own? Submit it here.

Q: Adam, both Polian's are gone. Who is out there and available as a GM? Is Jim Caldwell safe? If not, do you think Tony Dungy would come back? I've been a season ticket holder since Day 1 of the Colts in Indy and I have never seen so many critical issues as we now face!?

-- Bob (Indiana)

A: The Colts have the most intriguing offseason of any team in the league for a variety of reasons, Bob. Let's start with the GM search. There are a bunch of qualified contenders, though few names who have surfaced yet. Some names that have generated conversation around the league include Arizona's Steve Keim, Philadelphia's Ryan Grigson, Seattle's Scot McCloughan and Will Lewis, Atlanta's Les Snead, Tennessee's Lake Dawson, Green Bay's John Dorsey and Reggie McKenzie, the Jets' Joey Clinkscales and Ari Nissim and Baltimore's Eric DeCosta.

But there are so many qualified candidates out there that it's hard to list all of them. Any one of them could be in play in Indianapolis. No matter who it is, it's probably a long shot that Caldwell returns. Just hard to imagine it. Now it could happen, but it's a long shot. And Dungy is always there to help Colts owner Jim Irsay in the event that he needs help finding a new general manager. Irsay knows where to find him, but he's not going to hire him right now. Dungy is too happy doing what he does. Of course, the big question involves Peyton Manning and whether he'll be healthy enough to play in 2012. If he is, the Colts are in a great position of power, for whoever takes over the franchise.