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D. Orlando Ledbetter

Vital to stay with the Falcons

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FAIRHOPE, Ala. — Falcons director of player personnel Lionel Vital, who has been with the team for six seasons, said he wasn’t getting the vacant Tampa Bay general manager’s post on Monday.

“I’m staying with the Falcons,” Vital said while scouting the offensive linemen at the South team practice at the Senior Bowl on Monday.

He’d interviewed for the vacant Tampa Bay opening.

Vital, 50, just completed his first season as the director of player personnel. He was the assistant director for the five previous seasons.

Vital replaced David Caldwell, who became Jacksonville’s general manger after the 2012 season.

Vital, a native of Loreauville, Louisiana, has also worked with Cleveland, Baltimore, the New York Jets and New England over his 23-year scouting career.

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