"I have withdrawn my name from consideration for the position of general manager for the Atlanta Falcons," Mara said in a one-paragraph statement released by the Giants. "I want to thank Arthur Blank for his interest in me, and we had a very good discussion earlier this week in Atlanta. However, I am no longer a candidate for the position."
Mara was at least the second candidate interviewed as a possible replacement for current GM Rich McKay, who is being stripped of his authority over personnel matters but was offered a two-year extension to remain as team president through 2010.
Blank also received permission to meet with Green Bay's Reggie McKenzie and John Schneider, the two highest-ranking officials under Packers GM Ted Thompson.
The Falcons are running a concurrent search for a new coach, though they would prefer to have a general manager in place first.
Since being rebuffed by Bill Parcells, who rejected the chance to take over football operations in Atlanta and instead took a similar job in Miami, the most prominent name to emerge is Southern California coach Pete Carroll.
If Carroll agrees to an interview, the Falcons likely would offer a chance to both coach and control player personnel decisions.
In announcing last month that Parcells would not be coming to Atlanta, Blank revealed he also was looking for a new general manager.
Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press