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Rex Ryan, a hot commodity, meets with Bills

Rex Ryan is a popular man these days. What, you expected him to fade away quietly?

Since being fired by the New York Jets, Ryan has interviewed with three teams and at least two TV networks. He's not a suit-and-tie kind of guy, so he's been out of his comfort zone a bit. But, hey, a man has to work -- even with $4 million coming his way from Woody Johnson's bank account in 2015.

Let's size up Ryan's opportunities:

  • Atlanta Falcons: This is where Ryan wants to be, and the smart money has him landing the head-coaching job. He'd have a proven quarterback in Matt Ryan, something he never had with the Jets. The Falcons could use a defensive guru who can excite the fan base and stimulate PSL sales for the new stadium, which opens in 2017. He reportedly will return for a second interview, indicating the Falcons are serious. It would be an odd marriage with Thomas Dimitroff and Scott Pioli in the front office (both Bill Belichick guys), but Blank restructured the front office, setting it up so the coach reports directly to him.

  • Buffalo Bills: Ryan just got done with six years of erratic quarterback play, so you think he wants to sign up for EJ Manuel? Not a chance. Ryan is interviewing Thursday with the Bills, but he's simply going through the motions. This isn't an attractive job. The Bills, with their uncertain front-office situation, just ran off Doug Marrone -- a red flag for candidates. Maybe Ryan can stop by the Anchor Bar for a plate of Buffalo wings so the trip isn't a total waste.

  • San Francisco 49ers: Ryan wouldn't be a bad fit for the 49ers, who have a lot of talent, but wouldn't you want to hire an offensive-minded coach to help Colin Kaepernick rebound from a subpar season? Besides, it's hard to envision Ryan, an East Coast guy, in California. On second thought, he does bring some "Hollywood" to the job.

  • CBS, ESPN: He met with both networks to discuss a possible position, but Ryan's heart is in coaching --head coaching, not a coordinator job. With his oversized personality, he could be a hit in the right TV setting.