A former University of Maine football player will meet with the Buffalo Bills regarding the team’s open general manager position, according to reports.

Brian Gaine, a native of Pearl River, New York, who hauled in 74 passes as a tight end for the Black Bears, will speak to the Bills soon about the GM vacancy, according to a report in the Houston Chronicle.

Gaine is the Director of Player Personnel for the Houston Texans, and has been with the organization since 2014.

He started as a director of college scouting before earning a promotion to director of player personnel.

Gaine, a 1995 graduate of UMaine, started his front-office career with the New York Jets’ scouting department in 1998.

He spent five years there before working in the Dallas Cowboys’ organization for two years, then the Miami Dolphins hired him in 2008 as assistant director of player personnel.

Gaine was eventually promoted to assistant general manager, and was let go after the firing of general manager Jeff Ireland in January 2014.

The Bills haven’t made the playoffs since the 1999 season — the longest postseason drought in the NFL — and finished 7-9 last season.

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