The Giants brought in their first truly outside candidate to interview for their vacant general manager job on Thursday.
Louis Riddick, an ESPN analyst and former front-office executive with the Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Redskins, interviewed with Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch and former Giants GM Ernie Accorsi, a consultant on the search, the team announced. He is the third candidate to take his shot at the job, joining former Giants executive Dave Gettleman and current Giants VP of player personnel Marc Ross, who both interviewed earlier this week.
Kevin Abrams, the Giants interim GM, is expected to interview for the job soon too, perhaps as soon as Friday.
The 48-year-old Riddick has been considered a rising star in the NFL for a while, and he's built a base of popular support since joining ESPN in 2013. A former NFL safety, who spent time with the 49ers, Falcons, Browns and Raiders in the 1990s, he was the Redskins director of pro personnel from 2005-07 and the Eagles director of pro personnel from 2010-13.
Riddick was considered a serious candidate for the San Francisco 49ers GM opening back in January. Interestingly, many thought if he had been hired he would've brought Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels with him as the 49ers head coach. The two are reportedly close friends. Another coach many in the NFL believe he'd be interested in hiring is current Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz.
It is not clear just how serious a candidate Riddick is for the Giants' job. Gettleman is still considered the favorite. The Giants could make a decision before the end of the season, since they have satisfied the NFL's "Rooney Rule" by interviewing two minority candidates (Ross and Riddick). However, it is believed they will wait until at least early January in the hopes that they can interview a couple more outside candidates after the regular season ends.
Two who are believed to be high on their list are Packers director of football operations Eliot Wolf and Patriots director of player personnel Nick Caserio.