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Bills can interview Cowboys' Payton; Haslett favoriteESPN.com news services

The Buffalo Bills received permission late Friday to interview Dallas Cowboys offensive coordinator Sean Payton, ESPN's Chris Mortensen reported Saturday.

Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and Detroit Lions interim coach Dick Jauron are in the mix but the favorite is Jim Haslett, the former New Orleans Saints coach and one-time Bills linebacker.

The Bills are looking for a new head coach after Mike Mularkey abruptly resigned Friday.

An even bigger surprise might be who refused to rule himself out as a candidate for the job -- Marv Levy.

A week after taking over as the Bills general manager, and despite owner Ralph Wilson insisting Levy wouldn't be considered to replace Mularkey, the 80-year-old Hall of Fame coach declined to say he wasn't interested.

"I really, sort of, don't even want to comment," Levy said Friday at a news conference. "I can't answer it because I want to talk the whole situation over. But we're going to address it swiftly."

Levy added that he didn't plan on being the coach when he accepted the GM's job, but said the situation has changed with Mularkey's unexpected departure.

His comments, however, contradicted what Wilson stated minutes earlier after announcing Mularkey's resignation. Asked whether Levy, who was standing off to the side, would be a candidate, Wilson said: "Absolutely not."

Wilson had a chance to restate his position after listening to Levy, but declined to do so.

Information from ESPN's Chris Mortensen and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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