Lombardi interviews, dismisses chances

After a blizzard of reports, tweets and one more interview, it appears 49ers vice president of player personnel Trent Baalke remains the leading candidate to become the team’s new general manager.

But there have certainly been a few twists and turns on the way to the status quo.

And it’s only late afternoon.

As first reported by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, former Raiders personnel executive Michael Lombardi interviewed with president and CEO Jed York for two hours Tuesday night. Then Lombardi said today on NFL Network that he didn’t consider himself a candidate and thought that Baalke would get the job within 48 hours. Lombardi, who worked with the Raiders from 1999-2007, is a commentator and columnist with NFL Network.

In his press conference Monday, York suggested the interview process for a GM could be a relatively quick one.

“We want to talk to a lot of people this week obviously,” York said. “Obviously there are a lot of people that are experienced, qualified, that aren’t with teams. I’m going to try to knock out as many people as we can this week, and then opening it up even further if we need to, going into next week.”

Schefter also reported that York plans to reach out to Bill Parcells for his thoughts on Baalke and the direction of the franchise. Parcells, working as a consultant with the Dolphins, hired Baalke as a scout in 1998 when he coached the Jets. Baalke and Parcells worked together for two years.

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