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Chargers raid Colts for new GM

SAN DIEGO -- The San Diego Chargers said today that it has hired Tom Telesco away from the Indianapolis Colts to be its next general manager.

Telesco was the vice president of football operations for the Colts, which advanced to the NFL playoffs this year with rookie quarterback Andrew Luck and an interim coach subbing for head coach Chuck Pagano, who took a leave of absence after being diagnosed with leukemia.

The Chargers failed to make the playoffs in 2012 after finishing 7-9, the team's first losing record since 2003. The team fired general manager A.J. Smith and head coach Norv Turner.

Telesco is a graduate of John Carroll University. He began his career in the NFL as a summer intern with the Buffalo Bills from 1991 to 1994. He became a scouting assistant with the Carolina Panthers in 1995. In 1998, he joined the Colts as a scout, then was promoted to director of player personnel. Telesco was elevated to vice president in last year.

Some sports pundits are already predicting that Telesco will hire Colts coach Bruce Arians to replace Turner. Arians will interview with the Chargers next week, along with other candidates for the head coaching job.