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Jets interviewing GM finalists again, to make hire by Thursday

The New York Jets plan to name a new general manager by Thursday, according to league sources, with finalists wrapping up their interviews on Wednesday.

The Jets have identified at least three finalists for the opening and have already conducted second interviews with at least two candidates.

Steelers executive Omar Khan has interviewed with them, and Seahawks exec John Idzik flew in from Seattle on Tuesday and is meeting with team officials on Wednesday. The Jets' assistant general manager, Scott Cohen, is also under consideration, sources said.

While there were reports of former Bears GM Jerry Angelo being a finalist, sources said he was not contacted about a second interview. Also, though there have been reports that Giants scouting director Marc Ross pulled out of consideration, league sources said he was not a finalist, anyway.

The Jets are replacing long-time GM Mike Tannenbaum and are focused on ways to rectify the cap crunch that they are facing and determining how to navigate a handful of awful contracts bloating the payroll. The team also must improve its scouting and talent evaluation.

Idzik and Khan are experts in salary-cap and contract matters and, sources said, if the Jets went outside the organization for this hire there would likely be sweeping changes coming to the front office.

The Jets made it clear to candidates that coach Rex Ryan will stay for 2013 but that coaching changes are in play beyond that season if necessary. The team has also been interviewing coaches trying to fill the many vacancies on that staff and trying to have personnel matters resolved before the Senior Bowl kicks off next week.

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