INDIANAPOLIS -- The Indianapolis Colts today hired Jimmy Raye as the team’s VP of Football Operations. Raye owns 18 years of NFL experience, including the last 17 with the San Diego Chargers. He served as San Diego’s director of player personnel from 2008-2012, overseeing the team’s professional and college scouting departments while assisting on player personnel matters.
“We’re excited to be adding someone as high caliber as Jimmy Raye to the Colts organization” said Colts General Manager Ryan Grigson. “He has a strong football pedigree, is highly intelligent, and is a top notch evaluator along with being a great human being. I am looking forward to rolling up my sleeves with him this offseason as we hit the ground running into free agency, the draft, and beyond.”
Raye joined the Chargers in 1996 and spent four seasons (1996-1999) as a scout. He was then elevated to the team’s director of college scouting, spending eight seasons in that role (2000-2007). Raye’s NFL career started with the Kansas City Chiefs as the team’s offensive quality control coach in 1995. He spent the 1994 season as a wide receivers coach at Irvine (California) High School and worked for the Amsterdam Admirals of the World League in April of 1995.
A wide receiver at San Diego State (1986-1990), Raye earned a degree in public administration. He left the university tied for eighth on the school’s all-time receiving list with 111 catches. In 1991, Raye signed with the Los Angeles Rams and spent the entire campaign on the team’s roster. He then went on to training camps with the Chargers (1992) and Houston Oilers (1993).
Raye was born in Fayetteville, N.C. His family moved to Irvine, Calif. where he became an all-league quarterback and defensive back at Irvine High School. He also played basketball and ran track. Raye’s father, Jimmy Raye II, played for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1969 and is currently an assistant coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Raye II owns 35 years of NFL experience and has held an offensive coordinator role in the league for 14 of those years. His longest tenure came with the Kansas City Chiefs (1992-2000) where he coached the tight ends (1992), running backs (1993-1997) and was the offensive coordinator (1998-2000).