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Chargers express interest in Broncos' Matt Russell, according to report

San Diego has targeted Denver's director of player personnel to fill their open GM job, but it doesn't appear Russell will make the move to an AFC West division rival.

Justin Edmonds

After firing GM AJ Smith and coach Norv Turner on "Black Monday", the Chargers have expressed interest in bringing in Matt Russell, the Broncos director of player personnel, to run their organization going forward.

However, it doesn't appear that Russell will even interview for their open GM job, although there are conflicting reports as to why that's the case.

Early on New Year's Day, Kevin Acee of the San Diego Times reported that Denver was denying San Diego permission to speak with Russell about the job.

However, Vic Lombardi of CBS4 in Denver is now reporting that Russell didn't interview because he isn't interested, not due to any interference from the Broncos organization.

While responsibilities in the Denver front office are a bit murky, many within the NFL consider Russell the team's de facto GM, although John Elway is still the final decision-maker on personnel matters.

Either way, one of the architects of the Broncos' 13-3 season is staying in place, which can only be good news for Denver fans.