The Giants began their GM search in earnest this week, beginning with former GM Jerry Reese's right-hand man, Marc Ross.
And while Dave Gettleman is expected to be interviewed later this week, he won't be the last.
Though there is strong speculation around the league that the Giants will eventually hire the 66-year-old Gettleman -- who worked for the Giants as a scout, the pro personnel director, and a senior pro personnel analyst from 1998-2012 -- the truth is they intend to cast a wide net in their search, according to a team source.
Gettleman is popular inside the Giants offices, and he's close with former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi who is consulting on the search, so he'll undoubtedly get strong consideration.
But looming over everything is co-owner John Mara's stated desire for "wholesale changes." And those two words that he uttered the day the Giants fired GM Jerry Reese and head coach Ben McAdoo have some believing he may not be willing to hire anyone who even resembles the status quo.
Still, Gettleman has to be considered the favorite at this point -- especially after former Chiefs GM John Dorsey was hired by the Cleveland Browns last week, days before the Giants hoped to interview him. The Giants will also strongly consider assistant GM Kevin Abrams (though he may be more likely to stay on board as Gettleman's possible future successor).
They both can be interviewed immediately, but if the Giants want to interview candidates who work for other teams - and they do - they have to wait until after the season. They also have to interview at least one minority candidate to satisfy the NFL's "Rooney Rule."
With all that in mind, here's another look at the candidates they'll consider in the next few weeks.
Marc Ross, Giants VP of Player Evaluation
Ross, who interviewed on Monday, is a well-respected, smart football mind who has interviewed for at least six previous general manager jobs. At 44, he's considered a good prospect to be a future GM, too. But he'll have a hard time getting this job because of his ties to the previous regime and Mara's desire for "wholesale changes." Ross had been Reese's scouting director and had a huge hand in the draft that has produced far too many mid-round busts. It's hard to know which players were his and which were Reese's, but he's too close to a draft history that hasn't been very good in recent years.
Dave Gettleman, former Panthers GM
He spent 14 seasons with the Giants, mostly as the pro personnel director, winning two Super Bowl rings. He then had a four-year stint as Carolina Panthers GM - including building a 15-1 team that reached the Super Bowl -- before he was fired in July. He's 66, though, so this wouldn't be a long-term situation. If he was brought in to stabilize the franchise, maybe it would just be for a few years before he hands Abrams the reins.
Kevin Abrams, interim Giants GM
He's in his 19th season with the Giants, and 13th as the assistant GM. He was hired in 1999 as the salary cap analyst and that, along with negotiating most of the team's player contracts, has been his primary duty for most of his tenure. He's well-respected around the league and interviewed for the Lions GM job a few years ago (Accorsi was a consultant on that search). He's also worked hard to build up his scouting credentials over the year.
Eliot Wolf, Packers director of football operations
He's only 35, but he's been in the Packers front office for more than a decade, and apparently Accorsi had his eye on him once before. Back in 2016, Wolf - son of former Packers GM, and Hall of Famer Ron Wolf - was reportedly Accorsi's top choice to take over the Lions, but the Packers - and GM Ted Thompson - refused to let him interview for the job.
Nick Caserio, Patriots director of player personnel
The successor to Scott Pioli in New England, he kept the Patriots championship train running. Like most executives there, his accomplishments live in the shadow of Bill Belichick, so there is a feeling he would leave for the right job. There's also a feeling around the league that if he does leave, he would take Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with him as his head coach. And the Giants are believed to be interested in McDaniels.
Trent Kirchner, Seahawks co-director of player personnel
He's a red-hot candidate who was interviewed by both the Colts and 49ers earlier this year. He was also interviewed by the Lions in 2016 when Accorsi was consulting on their GM search. He also interviewed for the Jets job in 2015.
Eric DeCosta, Ravens assistant GM
He might be near the top of the list if he decides he's interested. That's no guarantee, though. Teams have been after him for years - including the Jets when they hired Mike Maccagnan -- but he's considered to be Ozzie Newsome's eventual successor in Baltimore. He also has a contract that is believed to make him one of the highest-paid team executives in the league.
Will McClay, Cowboys senior director of college and pro personnel
He's the highest-ranking Cowboys executive who is not part of the Jones family. He also has run their draft, which has been extremely successful in recent years. Several teams have tried to lure him away in recent years, but he's declined their requests. There is a feeling he might be interested, though, if the Giants call.
Lake Dawson, Bills assistant director of college scouting
He joined the Bills in May after spending nine years in the Tennessee Titans front office, mostly running their player personnel department. He has interviewed for several GM jobs in recent years - including with the Bears in 2015 and the Lions in 2016. Those, of course, were two searches run by Accorsi. If he liked him twice before, it's hard to imagine he won't bring him in for an interview again.
Scott Pioli, Falcons assistant GM
He was a stealthy candidate for the Giants GM job when Reese was hired in 2007, but a source then insisted he got strong consideration. At the time he was the Patriots VP of player personnel. He went on to run the Kansas City Chiefs for four seasons, though only one was a winning year and he was fired after the Chiefs went 2-14 in 2012. It's his work with the Pats, though, that makes him an attractive candidate.
George Paton, Vikings assistant GM
He was one of the hottest candidates each of the last two offseasons and was apparently a finalist for the jobs in San Francisco and Indianapolis. He has turned down other opportunities, though, and is not a lock to leave Minnesota.