Vacc talks Jets "D" 00:01:10
SNY's Ralph Vacchiano shares some insights on who the Jets may be targeting in the NFL Draft to improve their pass rush

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INDIANAPOLIS - Mike Maccagnan and Adam Gase set the stage for an aggressive offseason for the Jets when they met the media at the NFL scouting combine last week, in part because they have no choice. They have a depleted roster, tons of cap room, a high draft pick, and a willingness to trade.

So how will they reshape their roster? They didn't exactly lay out a blueprint. But from their press conferences and plenty of info from NFL sources, here are 10 things we learned about the Jets' plans while they were at the combine...

1. The Jets aren't trading for Antonio Brown

Maccagnan said the Jets hadn't really looked into that yet, which almost certainly means he's not going to. Already three teams are reportedly heavily involved -- the Titans, Raiders and Redskins. If the Jets were going this route, they'd already be in the mix. The problem is they know Brown is a huge headache and could be disruptive for their young quarterback. Also, with no second-round pick and no willingness to give up their first pick, they don't really have the ammunition to get this done.

2. Le'Veon Bell is definitely a target for the Jets

He may not be the top target that everyone has expected, but given all their salary cap space (close to $100 million) that's just semantics. Multiple NFL sources said this week the Jets are likely to be most heavily involved in the pass-rusher market. That doesn't mean they won't go hard after Bell too, but they're likely to be more aggressive in other areas. Also, there's still a strong sentiment that Bell doesn't want to sign with the Jets. Maybe that explains why the Jets seemed to be all over the Day 2 running backs in the draft last week.

3. They are going to spend big on a pass-rusher in free agency

The top of the draft may be loaded with pass rushers, but the Jets aren't going to wait until April. Multiple NFL sources say they've been nosing around all the top pass-rushers in free agency. Many of them are going to be off the market when they get the franchise tag. One they are definitely going after is Rams linebacker Dante Fowler, whom they tried to acquire in a trade in each of the last two years. They could also be involved with Detroit's Ezekiel Ansah. Keep an eye on Jadeveon Clowney too, if he doesn't get tagged, because the Jets aren't going to hold back here.



4. The Jets really like their receivers -- a lot more than most others do

This was true last year, too, when the Jets didn't make a move to bring in a No. 1 receiver even though that seemed to be a glaring hole. Maccagnan made it clear he thought the Jets had more than enough at that position. Now Gase has chimed in and he agrees. He seems to love his possibilities with Quincy Enunwa and Robby Anderson. It sure looks like they could still use a tall, No. 1-type receiver. The problem is, there really aren't any on the free-agent market. And with no second-round pick, their options are limited on Day 2 of the draft.

5. They want to trade down from the third overall pick -- especially if they land a pass rusher in free agency.

Several sources on other NFL teams say the Jets have let them know they're interested in trading back, but those sources always threw in "if they don't land a pass rusher in free agency". Call that informed speculation. The thought is that there are so many good pass rushers at the top of the draft, that if the Jets miss their targets in free agency they'll have to take one at No. 3. It's good logic, but also keep in mind that whenever there's a run on quarterbacks, the teams trading down can get tremendous deals.

6. Mike Maccagnan wants to rob whatever team tries to trade up for a quarterback

He basically said that. "In my personal opinion," he said, "if you're trying to go chase a quarterback, it's sort of whatever the market is and then some." The Jets paid a reasonable price last year to move from 6 to 3 to chase a quarterback, giving up three second-round picks. That would seem to be a starting point, but the farther down you go, the more it's going to cost. If the Jets trade down, don't be shocked to see them get a first-round pick in 2020 as part of the deal. It all depends on how desperate teams get for quarterbacks and how convinced everyone is that the Giants are a threat to take Ohio State's Dwayne Haskins at 6.



7. The Jets might just luck out by staying right where they are

Remember Leonard Williams dropping to them at 6 in 2015, and Jamal Adams sliding to them at 6 in 2017, and Sam Darnold falling to them at 3 last year? The Jets have some pretty good luck in the first round. Now, with so many people around the NFL being convinced that the Arizona Cardinals are taking Oklahoma's Kyler Murray No. 1, it could happen again. The top two pass rushers in the draft appear to be Ohio State's Nick Bosa and Kentucky's Josh Allen. The Jets sure could use them, and it looks like they could have a chance to get one of them. Of course, if one of them slips to 3 and a quarterback like Haskins is available, there could be a ton of teams bidding to trade into their spot. But it could be hard to pass on Bosa or Allen, both of whom could turn into stars.

8. Leonard Williams has a long-term future with the Jets

He's due $14.2 million this year, which is about right for pass rusher these days, but awfully high for a guy with 17 career sacks in four seasons. The Jets will surely take a wait-and-see approach before deciding whether to sign him to a long-term deal. It may not seem worth it, given what pass rushers are likely to get on the open market. But the Jets don't seem to agree. Gase raved about Williams and how difficult he is to scheme against, how "disruptive" he is as a pass rusher and how terrific he is against the run. Maybe that was smoke, but it seemed to be a sign that Gase thinks the 24-year-old Williams has plenty of potential. If new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams can unlock some of that, don't be surprised if Leonard Williams eventually does get his long-term deal.

9. The Jets are in the market for a guard and a center

Maccagnan made it clear he's happy with the three starters he has on the offensive line -- left tackle Kelvin Beachum, right guard Brian Winters and right tackle Brandon Shell (when he's healthy). So especially with Spencer Long gone, they now need a center and another guard. Maccagnan made it sound like that will be a priority, too. The free-agent market isn't deep, but the Jets should be players. And if they drop far enough in the first round, an offensive lineman could be in play there, too.

10. Josh McCown has a job as Sam Darnold's backup if he wants it

Asked if the popular backup is coming back, Gase said he was giving McCown his space to decide if he still wants to play at his age (he turns 40 in July) or if it's time to retire and spend more time with his family. If the Jets didn't want McCown back they probably wouldn't have left the door open at all. But McCown might be the most popular player in the building and everyone thinks he had a huge influence on Darnold last year. He may not be an NFL starter any more, but teams have done way worse with their backup quarterback. If he's willing, the Jets surely would love to have McCown return to guide Darnold for one more year.

Tags: Brandon Shell, Brian Winters, Jamal Adams, Josh McCown, Kelvin Beachum, Leonard Williams, Quincy Enunwa, Sam Darnold, Ralph Vacchiano
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Jamison Crowder 1-on-1 00:02:43
New York Jets receiver Jamison Crowder explains learning Adam Gase's offense and building a good relationship with quarterback Sam Darnold.

New Jets wide receiver Jamison Crowder is getting a crash course on Gang Green's offense while building chemistry with his new signal-caller, Sam Darnold.

Crowder took reps in the slot during Phase 3 of OTAs, learning this new Adam Gase offense on the fly.

"It's been great. So far, so good," Crowder told SNY's Jeané Coakley. "I'm just trying to learn the playbook and get familiar with everybody, get familiar with my teammates. I'm just trying to contribute to the team as much as I can.

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C.J. Mosley 1-on-1 00:03:14
New York Jets linebacker C.J. Mosley talks about being able to get in some action with the Jets defense during OTAs

Jets head coach Adam Gase wanted one player bad during this year's free agency period, and Gang Green delivered. 

Linebacker CJ Mosley couldn't say no to the Jets' very generous five-year, $85 million deal with $51 million guaranteed. And Gase couldn't be any happier to have the "culture-changer" on his defense this season. 

Mosley has been on hand at Jets OTAs to become accustomed to new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' defensive schemes, and he took the time to talk to SNY's Jeane Coakley about how well these voluntary practice sessions have been going to get him used to his new team.

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A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)
A general view of a New York Jets helmet and an NFL football during the game between the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. (Kevin Hoffman)

The Jets are taking the next step towards finding their next general manager.

According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the Jets have officially submitted their requests for GM interviews. Rapoport highlighted two names in his report: Eagles' Vice President of Player Personnel Joe Douglas and Bears' Assistant Director of Player Personnel Champ Kelly.

Douglas has been linked to the Jets since Mike Maccagnan's firing last week, with SNY's Ralph Vacchiano reporting that he'd emerged as the leading candidate for the job. Douglas served as the Bears' Director of College scouting in 2015, while Adam Gase served as offensive coordinator for Chicago. Since leaving the Bears, he's been with the Eagles since 2016, and he played a key role in building the Eagles' 2017 Super Bowl team.

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Highlights from Jets OTAs 00:00:36
New York Jets had their OTAs today headlined by quarterback Sam Darnold and receiver Jamison Crowder shaking off the rust.

The Jets were working hard out in Florham Park on Thursday, as OTAs continued for Gang Green. 

While Sam Darnold worked on short passes and making the best out of botched snaps, receivers like Jamison Crowder and Robby Anderson got in some drills. New running back Ty Montgomery was also on hand to work on his timing with Darnold in the backfield...

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Le'Veon Bell (26) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Le'Veon Bell (26) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

Jets head coach and interim GM Adam Gase was at the podium before another OTA on Thursday, and as one would expect, he fielded questions about Le'Veon Bell

It was reported earlier this month that Gase wasn't a fan of Bell's contract, which was one of the reasons a supposed rift was put between him and former GM Mike Maccagnan. 

While shooting down the rift reports as well, Gase said he is excited to have Bell in his backfield...

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Gase 'careful' with his words 00:01:29
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase tiptoed around Mike Maccagnan's firing at his availability. SNY's Ralph Vacchiano analyzes his comments.

Jets head coach and interim GM Adam Gase stood in front of the podium to take a handful of questions before Thursday's OTA session, and as SNY's Ralph Vacchiano put it, he was "careful" with his words. 

Gase addressed the firing of former GM Mike Maccagnan, and while he acknowledged there were some disagreements between the two, Gase made note that there wasn't a "personal rift" that caused the firing. 

Vacchiano breaks down that portion of Gase's interview as well as his words on Le'Veon Bell, who has been in "constant communication" with his new head coach...

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Darnold and Adams talk changes 00:01:24
Sam Darnold and Jamal Adams address many changes for the Jets, including a new coaching staff and the firing of former GM Mike Maccagnan.

With Le'Veon Bell not at the Jets OTAs so far this offseason, Sam Darnold has been left to still imagine what it will be like to have him in his backfield this year. 

He loves what he sees. 

When the Jets finally struck a deal with the Pro Bowl running back, Darnold was "pumped" to have a new weapon in his arsenal, as he knows the type of damage he can do for the Jets' offense...

Tags: Le'Veon Bell, Quincy Enunwa, Robby Anderson, Sam Darnold, Scott Thompson
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Gase addressed Maccagnan rift 00:01:00
Adam Gase addressed the allegations that he stabbed former Jets GM in the back saying 'That's just not true'.

During an at-times contentious press conference on Thursday morning, Jets head coach Adam Gase didn't dispute the notion that he didn't see eye-to-eye at times with fired GM Mike Maccagnan. But he insisted the issues they had weren't personal. 

"Me and Mike had disagreements on a few things, but there was no personal rift," Gase said. "That's wrong. ... "We can have disagreements -- it's part of the job. If we're not disagreeing, am I doing my job? If I agree with everything anybody else says in the building, am I doing my job?"

Earlier this week, Gase disagreed with the idea that the firing of Maccagnan -- with Gase serving as acting GM while the search for the new GM is ongoing -- was part of a power struggle orchestrated by Gase.

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Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)
Apr 25, 2019; Nashville, TN, USA; Quinnen Williams (Alabama) is selected as the number three overall pick to the New York Jets in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft in Downtown Nashville. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports (Christopher Hanewinckel)

Jets rookie defensive tackle Quinnen Williams is sitting out Thursday's voluntary organized team activities due to a calf injury.

Williams, whom the Jets drafted third overall in the NFL draft last month, is being held out due to precautionary reasons.

The 21-year-old Williams participated at OTAs last week even though he has yet to officially sign his rookie contract. He is expected to be offered a four-year deal worth approximately $32.4 million, according to AL.com's Mark Inabinett.

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Gase clears up Bell rumors 00:02:07
Adam Gase says the Jets didn't overpay for Le'Veon Bell and that he looks forward to working with the running back.

Ever since the Jets fired GM Mike Maccagnan, there have been whispers that Adam Gase was unhappy with the signing of Le'Veon Bell.

On Thursday, Gase answered those questions head-on.

"We signed him. I'm excited we have him," Gase said when asked whether he and Maccagnan failed to see eye-to-eye on the signing. "I've been in constant communication with him."

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Feb 28, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 28, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

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Since last week's shocking announcement that general manager Mike Maccagnan was relieved of his duties, head coach Adam Gase has been handling personnel duties as the Jets' interim general manager. While it was initially assumed Gase would merely be a placeholder for the new guy because the position would be filled hastily, he's already made a series of moves in that role.

Nobody is quite sure what to expect next. Should we be reading anything into these moves and what they might mean for the roster he'll be working with, the same roster Maccagnan's replacement is set to inherit?

Gase wasted no time in making his first move, as the Jets finalized a trade sending former first-rounder Darron Lee to the Kansas City Chiefs for a late-round pick. Since then, he's also brought in punter Matt Darr and wide receiver Deonte Thompson - both of whom have played for him in the past - and released two players. It was also reported that a scout who worked under Maccagnan - Bill Dekraker - was relieved of his duties.

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Adam Gase insisted he didn't pull off a power play inside the Jets' organization. The rest of the NFL isn't so sure that's true.

And that belief, that he engineered the firing for ex-Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan, could impact how potential candidates view the Jets in their search for their next GM.

"It's New York, so of course people are going to want the job," said one NFL executive. "But they're going to want answers about who is really in control. If they know (Adam) Gase and they know they can work with him, that's fine. But anyone who doesn't know him is going to want answers and might find it a tough spot."

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Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Fox Sports sideline reporter Peter Schrager on the sidelines during a NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. The Rams defeated the Jets 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Nov 13, 2016; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; Fox Sports sideline reporter Peter Schrager on the sidelines during a NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium. The Rams defeated the Jets 9-6. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

The Jets are talking to Fox Sports' and NFL Network's Peter Schrager this offseason. But it isn't about the team's GM search. 

According to SNY's Ralph Vacchiano, the Jets have contacted Schrager about featuring in a role during their preseason broadcasts this year. 

A report surfaced earlier Tuesday stating the Jets were actually talking to Schrager about their GM search that has been ongoing since Mike Maccagnan left Florham Park. And while the team does have "a high respect" for Schrager, as Vacchiano put it, they have not going to him for consultation. 

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Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Deonte Thompson (10) makes a catch in front of Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)
Dec 2, 2018; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Buffalo Bills wide receiver Deonte Thompson (10) makes a catch in front of Miami Dolphins cornerback Xavien Howard (25) during the second half at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports (Steve Mitchell)

Acting Jets GM Adam Gase continued to make moves on Tuesday, signing WR Deonte Thompson after reportedly firing scout Bill DeKraker

Gase waived TE Jordan Leggett on Monday, and also signed punter Matt Barr

Gase, who is the acting GM in the wake of the firing of Mike Maccagnan while the team searches for its full-time replacement, said Monday that the removal of Maccagnan was not part of a power struggle.

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Adam Gase says he just wants to coach the Jets. He's still using his newfound powers as interim GM to act on his vision for the team, though.

Gase fired scout Bill Dekraker on Tuesdsay, according to the Daily News' Manish Mehta, who added that the move was done in an effort to fulfill the coach's desire of streamlining the organization's scouting department. 

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Adam Gase may be the Jets' new interim general manager, but he insisted that he did not engineer a power play to get the job and push Mike Maccagnan out the door.

In his first comments since Maccagnan was fired last week, Gase quickly dismissed the idea the notion that he had anything to do with that decision. "I disagree with that, as far as a power struggle," Gase said.

"Whoever is hired is going to have the same role (Maccagnan had) -- control of the roster, control of the 53," Gase said. "I will coach the team. That's what I'm going to do. Nothing has changed with that structure."

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Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett (49) runs with the ball during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)
Aug 31, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets tight end Jordan Leggett (49) runs with the ball during the second half of their game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland-USA TODAY Sports (Ed Mulholland)

Adam Gase continues to part ways with Mike Maccagnan draft picks as Jets interim GM. 

After trading Darron Lee last week and signing putner Matt Darr earlier on Monday, the Jets decided to waive tight end Jordan Leggett, according to ESPN's Field Yates.  

Leggett, 24, was a fifth-round draft pick in 2017 who struggled to stay on the field -- missing all of 2017 with a knee injury -- but played in 15 games last year but had just 14 receptions for 114 yards and a touchdown. 

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Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)
Dec 15, 2018; Denver, CO, USA; Former Denver Broncos player Peyton Manning before the game against the Cleveland Browns at Broncos Stadium at Mile High. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports (Isaiah J. Downing)

Rumors have been 'flying' within league circles that the Jets could make a run at Peyton Manning to fill their vacant GM role, according to Mike Florio of PFT. But it doesn't seem like any run at him would be successful.

Manning as the next Jets GM is "unrealistic" and being an NFL GM is "not a job he seems to want" said a source close to Manning told SNY's Ralph Vacchiano. 

Hiring the 43-year-old Manning to be the Jets' new GM would certainly be an outside the box move. The legendary QB retired after the 2015 season, and does not have any official front office experience. 

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Le'Veon Bell (26) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)
Le'Veon Bell (26) Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports (Charles LeClaire)

The firing of Mike Maccagnan last week, just weeks after he ran the draft, and months after he spent $120 million in free agency and helped hire the new head coach, may go down as one of the strangest, craziest moments in the star-crossed history of the Jets.

But that would seem like nothing if they soon decide to trade the recently signed Le'Veon Bell.

They won't, of course. At least they probably won't. One team source texted a flat "No" when asked about the possibility by SNY over the weekend. But the wacky idea still gained some traction over the weekend as many tried to predict what's next for the Jets and their interim GM/head coach Adam Gase. The rumor that Gase would soon trade Bell grew like wildfire when former ESPN NFL reporter John Clayton said in a radio interview on Friday, "I could absolutely see the Jets trading (Bell) before the start of the season."

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Aug 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Dolphins punter Matt Darr (4) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)
Aug 24, 2017; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Dolphins punter Matt Darr (4) in action against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports (Bill Streicher)

Adam Gase is beginning to bring in some familiar faces in his role as Jets interim GM. 

The Jets announced on Monday that they signed punter Matt Darr to their 90-man roster. 

Darr, 26, was the Dolphins' punter in 2016 when Gase began his tenure in Miami but was waived in September 2017. He was signed by the Buffalo Bills late last season and appeared in five games.

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Looking back on the Jets week 00:02:22
It was a memorable week for the Jets that included firing Jets GM Mike Maccagnan and reports that Gase didn't want to sign Le'Veon Bell.

The Jets fired Mike Maccagnan, replaced him on an interim basis with Adam Gase (who is acting as the head coach and the GM), and began their search for a new GM. Oh, there was also some Le'Veon Bell drama. 

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Nov 18, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts Colts former quarterback Peyton Manning walks the sidelines before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas J. Russo)
Nov 18, 2018; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Indianapolis Colts Colts former quarterback Peyton Manning walks the sidelines before a game against the Tennessee Titans at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports (Thomas J. Russo)

The Jets sent shockwaves through the NFL when they fired GM Mike Maccagnan earlier this week. Could their hire to replace him result in similar shockwaves?

"Rumors are flying" within league circles that the Jets could make a run at Peyton Manning to fill their vacant GM role, reports Mike Florio of PFT, who adds that Manning has "periodically" been connected to open front office positions throughout the NFL.

Hiring the 43-year-old Manning to be the Jets' new GM would certainly be an outside the box move. The legendary QB retired after the 2015 season, and does not have any official front office experience...

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Darron Lee (58) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)
Darron Lee (58) Mandatory Credit: Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports (Tim Fuller)

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Having been named as the interim general manager on Wednesday, Adam Gase wasted no time before making his first splash. Later that same day, the Jets announced that former first-round linebacker Darron Lee had been traded to the Kansas City Chiefs for a sixth-round pick in next year's draft.

There's been plenty of speculation as to whether Lee's roster status was a bone of contention in the rift between Gase and the outgoing general manager Mike Maccagnan and how much input defensive coordinator Gregg Williams had in the decision. However, rumors had been rife that the Jets were likely to part ways with Lee ever since they signed CJ Mosley in free agency.

Whatever the reasons behind the move, the Jets must now plan ahead for a 2019 campaign without Lee on the team. Let's investigate what his role would have been had he remained with the team and how the team will approach replacing his contributions.

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Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)
Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase talks with the media during the 2018 NFL Combine at the Indianapolis Convention Center. (Trevor Ruszkowski/USA TODAY Sports)

The reported rift between Jets head coach Adam Gase and former GM Mike Maccagnan apparently came to a head during the NFL Draft. 

According to Manish Mehta of the Daily News, the relationship between Gase and Maccagnan became tense in the lead up to the draft when the new Jets head coach was not given the opportunity to have his voice heard in pre-draft meetings. 

Maccagnan did not want Gase to adversely sway his scouts' evaluations, a philosophy he held with Todd Bowles as well. 

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Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)
Damon Harrison (94) against the Buffalo Bills at Ford Field. (Andrew Weber)

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The Jets recently announced they have signed 16 undrafted free agents. While most of them are longshots, inevitably a few are likely to make an impact on the main roster, as we discussed during the week. How likely is this, though? Let's review the top 10 best undrafted players from the past 25 seasons.

Remember, this only covers players who entered the league since 1994, so great players such as Bruce Harper, Pat Leahy, Victor Green and Bill Baird aren't included.

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Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)
Feb 27, 2019; Indianapolis, IN, USA; New York Jets head coach Adam Gase speaks to media during the 2019 NFL Combine at Indianapolis Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski-USA TODAY Sports (Trevor Ruszkowski)

Contrary to reports that Adam Gase did not want Le'Veon Bell on the Jets because the running back would cost too much, the two are apparently enjoying a happy marriage thus far. 

According to Brian Costello of The Post, Gase and Bell have been in "constant contact" since the offseason training program began last month even though Bell chose not to report. 

The two have spoken twice since the Jets fired GM Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday with both conversations being positive.

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Tannenbaum weighs in on Jets 00:01:36
Former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum joined SNY to talk about the Jets firing Mike Maccagnan and what that means for Adam Gase and the Jets.

Mike Tannenbaum knows what it's like to be a Jets general manager who gets fired, as Mike Maccagnan was on Wednesday. He also knows Jets interim GM and head coach Adam Gase, working with the former Dolphins head coach as Miami's executive vice president of football operations. 

Tannenbaum spoke with SNY's Jonas Schwartz to discuss the strange timing of the Maccagnan firing, whether squabbles with the head coach and GM are unusual for this time of year and whether Gase will face a credibility problem.

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New York Jets head coach Adam Gase, center, poses for a picture with owner Christopher Johnson, left, and general manager Mike Maccagnan pose for a picture during a news conference in Florham Park, N.J., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)
New York Jets head coach Adam Gase, center, poses for a picture with owner Christopher Johnson, left, and general manager Mike Maccagnan pose for a picture during a news conference in Florham Park, N.J., Monday, Jan. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) (Seth Wenig/AP)

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While much of the attention on the Jets' bombshell firing of GM Mike Maccagnan has been on the perceived dysfunction in the organization, the focus of the team will be to look ahead. Although Adam Gase is already in place as the interim GM - and already made one controversial splash with the Darron Lee trade - you would expect the Jets to move quickly to fill the role with a permanent alternative.

If there's one silver lining to the curious timing of yesterday's move, it's that the Jets won't face competition from any other teams for any potential candidate to replace Maccagnan.

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Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Dec 15, 2018; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets wide receiver Robby Anderson (11) celebrates his touchdown against the Houston Texans during the second quarter at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

Robby Anderson didn't want things to turn out this way.

The wide receiver didn't want to be tendered as a restricted free agent because he wanted to commit his future to the Jets. But the team placed a second-round tender on Anderson in February, and on Thursday Anderson signed that tender, which is worth about $3.1 million.

April 19 was the deadline for restricted free agents to sign offer sheets. Anderson didn't sign one, so he was left to either hold out for a better deal or sign the tender.

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Sep 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli shown on the sideline of the game against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Ravens 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)
Sep 3, 2015; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Falcons assistant general manager Scott Pioli shown on the sideline of the game against the Baltimore Ravens during the second half at the Georgia Dome. The Falcons defeated the Ravens 20-19. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports (Dale Zanine)

The Falcons announced on Thursday that their assistant GM Scott Pioli has stepped down from his role with the team. 

In turn, another name is added to the Jets' GM search. 

Pioli held the role with the Falcons since 2014, but his time in football spans all the way back to 1992 when he would drive 90 minutes to Giants training camp to help out then-defensive coordinator Bill Belichick. When Belichick moved onto the Browns as their head coach, he brought on Pioli as a pro personnel assistant, and it wouldn't be the only time he followed the coach.

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