Report: Will McClay declines to talk with Lions about open GM job

ALLEN PARK, Mich. -- Detroit Lions team president Rod Wood said his franchise would move quickly to request permission to talk with candidates for their open general manager job.

And according to a report from Ian Rapoport from NFL Network, at least one person has already declined to speak with the Lions about the job -- Dallas Cowboys senior director of college and pro scouting Will McClay.

The 49-year-old McClay was promoted into the role earlier this season after being the Cowboys' assistant director of player personnel in 2014. He had helped run the Dallas drafts, according to colleague Todd Archer, and has been integral in how Dallas has built its franchise.

While McClay was born in Tennessee, he has deep Texas roots. He played at Rice in Houston, coached in the Arena League in Dallas and has worked with the Cowboys since 2011.

Wood declined to divulge any names the team might be seeking to interview when he spoke with reporters Sunday, other than Lions interim general manager Sheldon White.