Bucs request permission to interview Chris Ballard

Kansas City may deny the request if position is not a full promotion Jason Cole

Print This January 08, 2014, 05:45 PM EST

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers officially asked the Kansas City Chiefs for permission to interview personnel man Chris Ballard for the Bucs opening at general manager. However, a source indicated that the Chiefs may turn down the request because of questions over whether Ballard will have full authority as a general manager.

When Tampa Bay recently hired coach Lovie Smith, he was giving authority over the 53-man roster. As a result, it’s unclear whether the job the Bucs are offering is technically a promotion.

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