ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Falcons lost a candidate in their search for a general manager when Chris Mara of the New York Giants dropped out today.
Mara, the Giants' vice president of player evaluation, withdrew from consideration two days after interviewing with Falcons owner Arthur Blank.
Mara was at least the second candidate interviewed as a possible replacement for current GM Rich McKay, who is being stripped of his
authority over personnel matters but was offered a two-year extension to remain as team president through 2010.
Philadelphia general manager Tom Heckert interviewed with the Falcons on Monday, looking into a job that would give him more power. With the Eagles, Heckert defers on personnel decisions to coach Andy Reid.
Blank also received permission to meet with Green Bay's Reggie McKenzie and John Schneider, the two highest-ranking officials under Packers GM Ted Thompson.
The Falcons are running a concurrent search for a new coach, though they would prefer to have a general manager in place first.