According to a report from CBS Sports, the Jets have reportedly begun their search for a new general manager and have reached out to potential heir apparents around the league. Mike Maccagnan, whom Gang Green Nation wrote about a few days ago, was a name tossed into the mix however, to attract highly rated candidates such as Maccagnan and others there may be one caveat: the Jets may be forced to make a clean break from Mike Tannenbaum.
The Jets' search for a new general manager may already be under way. According to a CBS Sports report, the organization has begun to reach out to potential candidates across the NFL for its GM position, citing league sources.The Jets' desire to reassign Tannenbaum is nothing new and was thought to be the most likely outcome when speculation of his job security began. Similarly to Terry Bradway, who was reassigned as a talent scout, Tannenbaum would be relegated to cap-related issues as the article mentions. However, if the Jets need to jettison Trader Mike to attract potential replacements, I feel fairly confident Woody Johnson wouldn't hesitate.
However, Mike Tannenbaum may still be part of the team’s future. The report says owner Woody Johnson is looking for someone to make the personnel decisions, while keeping Tannenbaum on to manage the salary cap and negotiate contracts.
If the report is to be believed, Woody is looking for someone who can make personnel moves without the cap taking priority all the time. Obviously there will be structure in terms of their spending, especially in 2013, but with Tannenbaum I always got the feeling that when he doled out a contract or tried to acquire a player, the cap superseded all else which is largely why the Jets are in the position they are in now.
With Jason La Confora reporting Sparano's possible ouster and now CBS reporting this, there is no doubt that change is around the corner. How far it will take us remains to be seen.