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Report: Texans want to talk to Cowboys Will McClay about open position

Could this be the year the Cowboys finally lose Will McClay?

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The Dallas Cowboys coaching staff is currently going through a pretty large restructuring after years of relative stability. From Rich Bisaccia to Wade Wilson, Cowboys assistants are either leaving for other jobs or being told their services are no longer needed.

Now, we might have to worry about the front office. Vice president of personnel Will McClay’s name has surfaced as a possibility for the general manager job in Houston.

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, the Texans are interested in Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas and Cowboys vice president of player personnel Will McClay.

The other candidates so far include Bills vice president of player personnel Brian Gaine, Patriots vice president of player personnel Nick Caserio, Texans vice president of football operations/assistant general manager Jimmy Raye III and Packers director of player personnel Brian Gutekunst.

Most NFL fans don’t know about McClay, but Cowboys fans certainly do. He is partially credited with the recent turnaround in the Cowboys’ drafting fortunes, and his ability to find street free agents or low-cost players who suddenly blossom has been remarkable. He is someone the Cowboys want to keep, but he is also deserving of a general manager post, something he will not get in Dallas as long as Jerry Jones is still running things.

The Cowboys could block the Texans from pursuing McClay.

McClay has turned down interviews previously to honor his Dallas contract. The question is - has anything changed since then?

For the last two years, McClay has removed himself from consideration, opting to remain loyal to the Joneses (and opting to stick with a job that is financially lucrative and offers great power inside the building, just without the fancy title).

And one of the reasons it could change: McClay has friend-and-family ties in Houston, and landing there could still offer him close proximity to his Dallas-based family.

McClay attended high school and college in Houston (at Rice) before eventually going to work with the Joneses and becoming the head coach of their Dallas Arena team.

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