Will McClay to bypass GM interview chances

IRVING, Texas -- Considered one of the hot general manager candidates this offseason, Dallas Cowboys senior director of college and pro personnel Will McClay has decided to pass up on interview chances this offseason.

“I signed a deal last year and want to honor the commitment I made to the Cowboys and my family,” McClay said.

McClay has been in his current role since 2013 and has been with the Cowboys the last 13 years with roles ranging from pro scout to director of football research. He also coached the Dallas Desperadoes of the Arena Football League.

McClay, 49, has brought stability to the team’s scouting department and the team’s drafts have produced Zack Martin, DeMarcus Lawrence, Anthony Hitchens, Byron Jones and Randy Gregory.

Last year, McClay also received interest from teams that were searching for a general manager.

While Jerry Jones is the ultimate decision-maker and Stephen Jones the director of player personnel, they lean heavily on McClay’s advice and ability to find talent. McClay has been able to find free agents like George Selvie, Jack Crawford, Jeremy Mincey and Nick Hayden to start along the defensive line. The Cowboys’ cornerbacks had two interceptions and they came from two pickups that were not on the 53-man roster at the start of the season in Terrance Mitchell and Deji Olatoye.