The Jets are moving closer to landing their new general manager this weekend.
The team interviewed Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer on Friday. They also will interview Saints director of pro scouting Terry Fontenot on Saturday, according to the NFL Network and Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas on Sunday, according to Sports Illustrated.
They are expected to interview Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly early next week. They have requested an interview with Vikings assistant general manager George Paton. There was a report Paton has declined the Jets’ interview request, but sources said that report was not accurate and Paton has not decided whether he will interview yet.
Douglas is viewed as the favorite to land the Jets’ job by many people around the NFL. Rumors began circulating about Douglas joining the Jets around the NFL Draft in April, two weeks before the team even fired Mike Maccagnan. He has reached out to people with other teams about joining him with the Jets if he lands the job.
Douglas has spent the past three years with the Eagles, helping them to a Super Bowl win in 2017. He is highly respected around the league and has a history with Jets coach/interim GM Adam Gase. The two worked together for a year with the Bears in 2015.
Prior to going to Chicago, Douglas spent 15 years as part of the Ravens scouting department and front office. Baltimore has one of the best scouting department reputations in the league.
Fitterer joined the Seahawks in 2001 as an area scout. He moved up the ladder in Seattle and was promoted to his current position in 2015. He shares co-director of player personnel duties with Trent Kirchner, who interviewed with the Jets in 2015 for the GM job.
The Jets may have to take a break from interviewing candidates once Tuesday hits and the team begins its mandatory minicamp. Gase will then be tied up with practices and meetings for three days and it is hard to see how he would have time to also conduct interviews.
Gase, Jets CEO Christopher Johnson and team vice president Hymie Elhai are leading the search for Maccagnan’s replacement.