The Jets may look down the New Jersey Turnpike for their next general manager.
Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas is considered to be the favorite to land the Jets GM job by many around the NFL. Some even say it is a done deal and that Douglas will be hired as soon as the Jets comply with the Rooney Rule and interview a minority candidate.
League sources said Douglas already has reached out to people about joining him with the Jets. ESPN reported that Daniel Jeremiah, currently a draft analyst for NFL Network, could have a prominent front-office role.
One source denied any decision has been made by the Jets yet.
The link between Douglas and the Jets is coach Adam Gase. The two worked together in 2015 with the Bears when Douglas was Chicago’s director of college scouting and Gase was the offensive coordinator. The Jets fired Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday after a power struggle between Gase and Maccagnan. It sounds as if Douglas is Gase’s preferred choice for GM.
Douglas has a good reputation around the league. He joined the Eagles in 2016 and helped build them into a Super Bowl champion in 2017. Prior to his year with the Bears, Douglas worked in the Ravens’ personnel department from 2000-15.
It was with the Ravens that Douglas worked with Jeremiah, who was a scout in Baltimore from 2003-07.
One league source said Douglas could have his pick of GM jobs after this season and may choose to wait. The source questioned whether Douglas would join a franchise for which he could not hire his own head coach. But most around the league believe Douglas has already been lined up by the Jets.
The Jets plan on starting their search for a GM immediately. It will be interesting to see what Gase’s role will be in the process. The Jets could look to former Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie for an interview. Vikings assistant general manager George Paton is always a candidate for GM openings, but has continually chosen to remain in Minnesota.