Senior Executive, San Diego Chargers
Randy Mueller joined the San Diego Chargers on April 29, 2008 as senior executive. He has over two decades of NFL front office experience.
Mueller began his front office career in 1983 as an assistant in pro personnel with the Seattle Seahawks. He was promoted the position of Player Personnel Director in 1990 - a position he held until 1995. At that time he was promoted to Vice President of Football Operations and held that post through 1999. First he traded quarterback Rick Mirer to the Chicago Bears for a 1st round pick, then Mueller selected Florida State offensive tackle Walter Jones with the sixth-overall pick in the 1997 NFL Draft.
In 2000, Mueller became General Manager of Football Operations for the New Orleans Saints. During his first year with the team, the Saints won the NFC West title and went on to win their first playoff game in franchise history. As a result, he was named Sporting News NFL Executive of the Year in 2000.
In 2002, Mueller traded running back Ricky Williams and the team's fourth-round selection in the 2002 NFL Draft to the Miami Dolphins in exchange for their first- and fourth-round picks in 2002 and a conditional third-round pick in the 2003 NFL Draft, which became a first-round pick after Williams ran for over 1,800 yards in his first season with the Dolphins.
From 2002 to 2005, Mueller served as an NFL analyst for ESPN.
On June 6, 2005 Mueller was hired as the general manager for the Miami Dolphins. Because then head coach Nick Saban had the final say on all roster moves, unlike most NFL general managers Mueller did not have control over player personnel decisions. After Saban's departure in January 2007, Mueller's authority increased as he took over responsibility for player personnel decisions. Mueller was also heavily involved in the team's search for its next head coach and eventual hiring of San Diego Chargers offensive coordinator Cam Cameron. On June 26, 2007 Mueller signed a contract extension that was expected to keep him with the team as general manager through at least 2009. Mueller was also to receive a salary adjustment, details of which were not publicly unavailable. On December 31, 2007 ESPN.com reported that Bill Parcells had decided not to retain Mueller.
Mueller and his wife Lori have a daughter named Riley. His brother, Rick Mueller, was Director of Player Personnel with the New Orleans Saints until June 2008.