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Heckert to interview for Falcons GM job Monday

Says Len
The quest for a new general manager will take a back seat to the Atlanta Falcons' simultaneous search of head coaching candidates for a few days, but it is scheduled to resume again Monday when officials meet with current Philadelphia Eagles GM Tom Heckert.

Heckert, 40, comes highly recommended for the job by Eagles' owner Jeff Lurie and he would become the third known candidate to meet with Atlanta owner Arthur Blank and team president Rich McKay about the position. The interview is likely to be conducted in Atlanta, unlike interviews earlier this week with Green Bay director of pro personnel Reggie McKenzie and Packers' personnel analyst John Schneider, which took place in Green Bay.

The potential move would seem like a lateral one for Heckert on the surface, but iit clearly represents upward mobility, since he would oversee the Falcons' football operation. Heckert has the general manager title in Philadelphia, but it is head coach Andy Reid who holds so-called "final say authority" on personnel matters.

If Heckert were to get the job, it's likely that Vice President of Player Personnel Jason Licht would get the bump up to GM.

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