NEW YORK — Woody Johnson is headed to Seattle in his search for the New York Jets’ new coach and general manager.

Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn and assistant head coach-offensive line coach Tom Cable, along with former Buffalo coach Doug Marrone, are on the Jets’ owner’s early list of candidates to interview to replace the fired Rex Ryan.

Johnson was set to fly to Seattle on Thursday night to meet this weekend with Quinn and Cable. While in Seattle, the trio is also expected to meet with Seahawks director of pro personnel Trent Kirchner to discuss New York’s general manager position, which opened when Johnson fired John Idzik along with Ryan on Monday.

Marrone became a prime candidate for the Jets when he abruptly stepped down Wednesday night as Bills coach. He exercised the opt-out clause in his contract, essentially making himself a coaching free agent.

According to NFL Network reporter Albert Breer, Marrone announced his decision to the team through a mass text on Wednesday – after news had broken.

Marrone led the Bills to a 9-7 finish in his second season, Buffalo’s first winning campaign since 2004. Buffalo still missed the playoffs, though, to extend the NFL’s longest active postseason drought to 15 seasons – but beat the Jets twice.

As of Thursday night, it was uncertain when the Jets would interview Marrone, who was their offensive line coach under Herm Edwards from 2002-05.

49ERS: San Francisco will interview Mike Shanahan, who was the offensive coordinator on its 1994 Super Bowl-winning team, in its search to replace departed coach Jim Harbaugh.

Shanahan, 62, will speak with the 49ers this week in Denver, where the team will meet Friday with Broncos offensive coordinator Adam Gase, the Denver Post reported.

Shanahan was out of the NFL last season after a four-season stint with Washington. His son, Kyle, the Browns’ offensive coordinator, is also under consideration by the 49ers, according to the Cleveland Plain-Dealer.

Former Jets coach Rex Ryan will interview Sunday, according to NFL.com. Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels also is expected to interview.

BILLS: Bill Polian told The Associated Press that he has taken himself out of the running for a proposed front-office job with Buffalo, and instead is staying in broadcasting with ESPN.

BENGALS: Receiver A.J. Green worked out lightly on Thursday, a step toward being cleared for Sunday’s first-round playoff game at Indianapolis.

Green suffered a concussion during a loss at Pittsburgh last Sunday night that relegated Cincinnati to a wild-card berth. Green has to pass concussion tests to be cleared to fully practice and play on Sunday.

LIONS: Defensive tackle Nick Fairley returned to practice after a lengthy layoff three days before a playoff game at Dallas.

Fairley hasn’t played since injuring his right knee in a win over Atlanta on Oct. 26.

The fourth-year lineman has formed an imposing tandem inside with Ndamukong Suh.