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Vikings assistant GM George Paton again turns down Jets' interview request

Woody Johnson meets with the media in the

Woody Johnson meets with the media in the Jets' end-of-season press conference. (Jan. 9, 2013) Credit: David Pokress

Cross one name off the Jets' general manager wish list.

Vikings assistant general manager George Paton turned down their request for an interview, a source told Newsday on Wednesday. It's the second time he has declined to meet with the Jets, but Paton's decision likely has more to do with his desire to remain in Minnesota. He also has declined interviews with other teams, including the Miami Dolphins and Chicago Bears.

There's a chance Paton won't be the only general manager candidate who spurns the Jets' advances. Like many teams, the Jets have been eyeing Ravens assistant general manager Eric DeCosta for quite some time. But DeCosta, who many assume is the heir apparent to current Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome, has made it clear over the years that he's happy in Baltimore. DeCosta turned down an interview request by the Jets last year, and it's still unclear if he intends to sit down with Jets owner Woody Johnson this time.

The Jets, who fired coach Rex Ryan and general manager John Idzik on Monday, have assembled a strong list of general manager candidates who are known more as personnel men than salary-cap experts.

Johnson will fly to Seattle later this week with consultants Charley Casserly and Ron Wolf. They will interview Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and assistant head coach/offensive line coach Tom Cable for the head-coaching vacancy. They also will interview Trent Kirchner, Seattle's director of pro personnel.

Texans director of college scouting Mike Maccagnan, Eagles director of pro personnel Rick Mueller and Browns personnel man Bill Kuharich also are on the Jets' interview list.

Jets senior director of football administration Rod Graves, their in-house general manager candidate, reportedly interviewed for Idzik's old job Wednesday. A source said Jets assistant head coach/running backs coach Anthony Lynn interviewed for the head-coaching job.

Ravens offensive coordinator Gary Kubiak is on the Jets' radar, but he said Wednesday that he told coach John Harbaugh he isn't interested in discussing head-coaching opportunities right now. Baltimore is preparing to face the Pittsburgh Steelers on Saturday in the first round of the AFC playoffs. "I've told you guys before, I'm consumed with what I'm doing," Kubiak, 53, told local reporters. The Bears also are among the teams interested in him.

Notes & quotes: Jets offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg is a candidate for the same job with the Buccaneers, according to the Tampa Bay Times . . . During his radio spot on WFAN, Jets defensive lineman Muhammad Wilkerson said he thought Ndamukong Suh's stomp on Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was "accidental." Wilkerson also said "nothing has been said" by the Jets about a potential contract extension. . . . Jets quarterback Geno Smith is a finalist for FedEx Air NFL Player of the Week, along with Joe Flacco and Ben Roethlisberger.

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