LINK Bobby DePaul, the Bears' director of pro personnel, is rumored to be a candidate for the Houston general manager job vacant since the departure of Charley Casserly. According to a team official, DePaul hasn't been contacted about the position, nor has Houston asked the Bears for permission to interview him. But general manager Jerry Angelo isn't expected to deny permission. Angelo allowed defensive coordinator Ron Rivera to interview for head coaching jobs in St. Louis and Green Bay earlier this year. While doing so, Angelo talked about how an organization shouldn't stand in the way of promotions. DePaul wouldn't be the leading candidate in Houston. The Texans already have interviewed Denver assistant general manager Rick Smith and have a Wednesday interview scheduled with Packers director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie. In five seasons with the Bears, DePaul has earned a reputation as a solid talent evaluator.