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Giants add Ravens’ Joe Hortiz as ninth GM candidate; Bills’ Joe Schoen to interview first

Add a ninth GM candidate to the Giants’ search, according to a source: Baltimore Ravens director of player personnel Joe Hortiz.

Hortiz is in his 24th season with the Ravens, having learned under Hall of Fame player and two-time Super Bowl architect Ozzie Newsome.

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Baltimore’s front office is revered as the most forward thinking and efficient in the sport.

The Giants’ first scheduled interview will occur on Wednesday morning with Buffalo Bills assistant GM Joe Schoen via Zoom, meanwhile, a source confirmed, kicking off the process to find Dave Gettleman’s successor.

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The Giants have lined up nine candidates to replace Dave Gettleman as general manager.
The Giants have lined up nine candidates to replace Dave Gettleman as general manager. (Bill Kostroun/AP)

Arizona Cardinals VP of player personnel Quentin Harris, added as the Giants’ eighth GM candidate, is scheduled to interview Thursday, a source confirmed.

The Giants interestingly are interviewing three pairs of executives from three different teams: Harris and Adrian Wilson from the Cardinals, Ryan Cowden and Monti Ossenfort from Tennessee, and Adam Peters and Ran Carthon from the 49ers.

It’s unclear if they’re interested in poaching two candidates as a package deal to create improved alignment in their building, or if this is just coincidental due diligence.

The Chiefs’ Ryan Poles rounds out the nine.

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NO SALE

Giants offensive line coach Rob Sale is returning to college to be Florida’s offensive coordinator under the Gators’ new head coach Billy Napier, per ESPN … Defensive line coach Sean Spencer is leaving for a co-defensive coordinator position at Duke, per Josina Anderson and NFL Network … Giants college scouting coordinator Chad Klunder is leaving for a job at Duke, per the Athletic. Klunder received a soft landing after leaving Notre Dame in the Giants’ newly created college scouting coordinator role in 2019.

TRICK PLAY

It felt like the Giants intentionally tried to sneak Dave Gettleman’s forced retirement (read: firing) under the news cycle Monday. The team kept all interview plans in the dark, asked the media to join a last-minute Zoom call with players, then sent out a press release on Gettleman’s departure as players stepped to the microphone. It seemed designed to minimize the public conversation about Gettleman’s disastrous tenure while serving propaganda about his exit.

BACH’ FOR MORE

Wide receiver Alex Bachman signed a reserve/futures contract on Tuesday, the ninth player to do so in the last two days. Bachman, 25, returned four kickoffs for 94 yards in the season finale against Washington.

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