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Josh Katzenstein
The Detroit News

Remove another name from the Lions’ pool of candidates for their general-manager opening.

Duke Tobin, the Bengals’ director of player personnel, is staying in Cincinnati long term, according to ESPN, spurning interview requests from both the Lions and Titans.

Tobin and Will McClay, the senior director for college and pro scouting, are among the men reportedly declining interviews with the Lions. McClay told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, “I’m a Cowboy,” when asked Monday about interest in GM jobs.

The Lions likely will have other requests rejected as they look for the top personnel boss available. Nick Caserio, the director of player personnel for the Patriots, and Eric DeCosta, the assistant GM for the Ravens, are among the top candidates expected to remain in their current jobs.

Some of the top personnel men around the NFL are either comfortable in their current job or in line to become GMs with their franchise. Tobin, 45, has been in his current position since 2002.

So far, the Lions are scheduling interviews with three candidates: Interim GM Sheldon White, Seattle’s co-director of player personnel Trent Kirchner and New England’s director of pro scouting Bob Quinn. ESPN reported the interviews with Kirchner and Quinn.

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