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Will McClay turns down Lions, all general manager opportunities

Dallas Cowboys personnel director Will McClay (right) discusses strategy with vice president Stephen Jones.
Dallas Cowboys personnel director Will McClay (right) discusses strategy with vice president Stephen Jones. Star-Telegram

The Dallas Cowboys ended a dreadful regular season on a four-game losing streak, capping their worst finish since 1989.

But they got the first big win of the offseason when senior director of college and pro personnel Will McClay turned down a request to talk the Detroit Lions about their general manager position.

McClay cited family reasons and a desire to honor his commitment to the Cowboys for his reasons for declining all interview opportunities this offseason.

"I’m a Cowboy," McClay said.

McClay, who has been with the Cowboys for 13 years, has been in charge of the last two drafts. He drew some interest from teams in search of a general manager last year

McClay’s successes include Pro Bowl guard Zack Martin, defensive end DeMarcus Lawrence and linebacker Anthony Hitchens from 2014 and safety Byron Jones, defensive en d Randy Gregory and rookie free agent La’el Collins in 2015.

He also has played a huge rule in the free agent acquisition of defensive end Jeremy Mincey, defensive tackles Jack Crawford and Nick Hayden and running back Darren McFadden.

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