New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)
New York Jets defensive end Leonard Williams gestures while jogging on the field prior to the game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. (Rich Barnes/USA TODAY Sports)

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Three years ago, the Jets seemed to have the makings of the best defensive line in football. They added Leonard Williams to a line that already featured Mo Wilkerson, Sheldon Richardson, and Damon Harrison. The potential seemed to be huge.

Now Wilkerson, Richardson, and Harrison are all gone, and Williams is coming off a disappointing, two-sack season. So, it makes sense that the Jets will spend a bunch of their $90 million or so of salary cap space in upgrading their defensive line.

Right?

"I don't necessarily view it as a position of need per se for us right now," said Jets GM Mike Maccagnan.

Wait. What?

"I think we feel pretty good about the players we have," the Jets GM said. "There are other positions we're probably more focused on going into the offseason. There's always players in pro free agency. There's players in the college draft at that position. Whether we add one at some level, I wouldn't necessarily rule it out but I don't think it's a high priority for us right now."

That sure sounds like a smokescreen, but Maccagnan did talk up Steve McClendon, Mike Pennel, and Kony Ealy, and they obviously are still high on Williams despite his down year. The Jets were expected to be big players in the edge-rusher market, but the Lions already used the franchise tag on Ezekiel "Ziggy" Ansah, and the Cowboys just did the same Monday with DeMarcus Lawrence. The market gets pretty thin after that.

One interesting option: If there's a run on quarterbacks in the Top 5, or if guard Quenton Nelson sneaks into that group, it could drop N.C. State DE Bradley Chubb into their laps. The 6-4, 275-pounder is considered one of the top three players in the draft, so it's highly unlikely he'll be available at No. 6. Then again, no one expected Williams to No. 6 in 2015, either.

One way or another, though, expect the Jets to find a way to strengthen their defensive line - despite what Maccagnan said.

Cornerbacks a top priority in free agency

Cornerback figures to be high on the Jets' list of free-agent priorities, too. They would like to bring back Morris Claiborne, but only at the right price, and at the moment, he seems to think he'll have a lot of suitors on the open market.

If the Jets are going to spend big money on a free agent corner, it will be on someone new. Two players that NFL sources have tied them to are Trumaine Johnson and Malcolm Butler. Johnson could get a deal worth $12 million per season, and the Jets are apparently OK with that price, but so are the San Francisco 49ers, and many think that's his preferred destination.

As for Butler, he struggled last season, and was famously benched in the Super Bowl, so his cost could be less. And the Jets are expected to be interested in him as a fallback option on a relatively thin market.

Will Hackenberg be the odd-man-out?

With the Jets preparing for a big free-agent push at quarterback, what does that mean for Christian Hackenberg, their 2016 second-round pick who has yet to take a single NFL snap? Nothing good. In fact, the Jets aren't even trying to hide their feelings about the former Penn State quarterback anymore. Jets coach Todd Bowles made it clear Hackenberg doesn't really have a role anymore, and hasn't earned it.

"I look at Christian every day in practice. I don't need to see somebody on game day that I see in practice every day," Bowles said at the combine. "If the other guys are playing better we've got to play the other guys.

"He's got to correct a lot of things, obviously. The more he plays, the more he'll correct. He's a young guy. The more time he plays or gets to play - but you've got to earn that playing time so it's a tricky situation there."

Hackenberg's not likely to get that playing time, whether the Jets end up with Kirk Cousins, Teddy Bridgewater, Josh McCown, or someone else. His future with the organization appears to be as a third-stringer, though he might have to beat out Bryce Petty for that job.

Plans A, B, and C at QB

So Plan A at quarterback is Cousins. Plan B could be a Bridgewater/McCown tandem, as SNY reported on Sunday. It does not appear that the Jets have much interest (yet) in Case Keenum or Sam Bradford, which means Plan C is probably a pairing of McCown, and whoever they can get with the sixth pick in the draft.

It does not sound like they are initially in love with any of the top four quarterbacks, though. That could change, but none of them figure to be the Jets' starter on Opening Day next season.

Looking for bargains with own free agents

With all that cap space to spend, the Jets know they can be in the mix for the top players at any position, which is why they are looking for bargains on their own free agents. They would still like to re-sign LB Demario Davis, TE Austin Sefarian-Jenkins, C Wes Johnson, and Claiborne, but only at their price.

And at the moment, each player seems to be seeking more.

Davis, for example, is reportedly seeking $8-10 million per year - or about double what the Jets want to pay him. Davis, though, called that "Fake news all the way around" on Twitter. The Jets seem to have valued Seferian-Jenkins in the $4-5 million per year range, but he may test the market too to see if he can get more than that.

As for other free agents on the market, several NFL people believe the Jets will make a play for Giants C Weston Richburg if they don't re-sign Johnson. They reportedly have an interest in Giants RB Orleans Darwka too. They do still have (and like) Bilal Powell and Elijah McGuire, but want to add a brusing, inside runner who might be better in short-yardage situations. Darkwa's preference, though, seems to be a return to the Giants, which could happen before the market opens.

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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)

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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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Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)
Sep 10, 2017; Orchard Park, NY, USA; General view of a New York Jets helmet on the field before a game against the Buffalo Bills at New Era Field. Mandatory Credit: Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports (Rich Barnes)

The Jets are shaking things up in their front office in an odd turn of events on Wednesday.

Despite allowing him to make the team's offseason moves, Jets CEO Christopher Johnson told GM Mike Maccagnan that his days with the team were over. Vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger was also let go by the team. 

So, while new head coach Adam Gase will assume the role of interim GM, the search for Maccagnan's replacement is on. But it appears the Jets are not just searching for a new GM, but others to add to their team brass before the new season...

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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 Jets became a news hub on Wednesday, as multiple stories surfaced from the firing of GM Mike Maccagnan to CEO Christopher Johnson explaining why he made that call after allowing Maccagnan to make the team's offseason moves. 

But there was also the report that new head coach Adam Gase and Maccagnan were at a disagreement with the signing of Le'Veon Bell. While it was viewed by many that the Jets got a good deal with a four-year, $52.5 million deal with $27 million guaranteed, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said Gase didn't like that amount of money for the versatile back. 

In fact, Gase didn't want that type of money going to any running back to begin with. He also isn't a fan for the massive five-year, $85 million deal CJ Mosley received from Gang Green, either. His $51 million guaranteed is the largest amount ever for a linebacker. 

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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)

Looks like new interim GM Adam Gase is already making moves. 

The Jets have parted ways with LB Darron Lee, trading him to the Chiefs for a 2020 sixth-round pick in return, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed on Wednesday night.This has been an expected move for the Jets since CJ Mosley signed his massive five-year, $85 million deal with Gang Green this offseason.

Lee, a former first-round pick out of Ohio State, hadn't lived up to his expectations with the Jets since coming to the team in 2016. His rookie season saw just 13 games (nine starts), where he totaled 70 combined tackles, three quarterback hits, and one sack...

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Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)
Aug 12, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ, USA; New York Jets general manager Mike Maccagnan reacts on the field before a preseason game against the Tennessee Titans at MetLife Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports (Brad Penner)

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Mike Maccagnan was announced at the Jets general manager in January 2015, after he beat out a handful of candidates, including current Miami Dolphins general manager Chris Grier. After the disastrous outcome of using a search firm to find their previous general manager (John Idzik), the Jets' decision to hire Maccagnan came largely from the recommendation of the experienced pairing of Charlie Casserly and Ron Wolf.

Early results for Maccagnan were good. Having been hired alongside Todd Bowles, Maccagnan made a couple of splashes and some shrewd moves, putting the team in position to make the postseason until they choked the opportunity away in the season finale in Buffalo.

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Johnson talks about Maccagnan 00:01:09
The Jets fired GM Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday. Team Chairman and CEO explained why it was necessary.

Before this crucial offseason began for the Jets, GM Mike Maccagnan knew he was on the hot seat. That is why we saw him shell out roughly $191 million to land some of the top free agents on the market with RB Le'Veon Bell leading the pack. 

Then, came the NFL Draft. Though the Jets didn't have a lot of capital this season, they still had the No. 3 overall pick. Maccagnan wasn't shy in saying the pick was up for sale, but they would keep it in their pocket and select possibly the safest pick in the class in Alabama DT Quinnen Williams -- a player that is going to be at the top of Defensive Rookie of the Year ballots to start the season. 

Through his free-agent pickups and a solid draft class, it looked like Maccagnan was on the right path to turning around not only the franchise, but thoughts about his job security...

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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 has barely been introduced to New York yet, beyond a couple of short press conferences and some mean-spirited memes. He hasn't had a chance to lose a game yet. The heat on his seat hasn't even been turned on.

But it will be very shortly, once the ashes settle from the firing of Jets GM Mike Maccagnan, because like it or not, fair or not, and true or not, it sure looks like Gase's fingerprints are all over this shocking move. Whether it was a power play or good, old-fashioned irreconcilable differences, Gase won and Maccagnan lost.

Which means this Jets mess is Gase's now.

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Reaction to Maccagnan firing 00:00:41
Ralph Vacchiano dives into the Mike Maccagnan firing by the Jets. He argues that the timing was off.

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The last two years, Mike Maccagnan has worked hard to right the Jets' ship. Piece by piece he's dismantled the previous mess and distanced the organization from its past.

And for a moment, it looked like the Jets had finally left the big top for the big time.

Then, on Wednesday morning, CEO Christopher Johnson fired Maccagnan along with his top assistant, Brian Heimerdinger, and elevated his brand new head coach to interim general manager, and it sure seemed like the "same old Jets" routine was back on.

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Dec 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ; General overall view of MetLife Stadium during an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New YorK Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)
Dec 24, 2017; East Rutherford, NJ; General overall view of MetLife Stadium during an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Chargers and the New YorK Jets. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports (Kirby Lee)

With the Jets firing GM Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday and inserting Adam Gase as the acting GM, the team will begin their search for its GM "immediately," Christopher Johnson said in a statement.

And with that search underway, Eagles VP of Player Personnel Joe Douglas has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Maccagnan, SNY's Ralph Vacchiano confirmed.

Here are five things to know about Douglas...

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Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)
Le'Veon Bell (Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY Sports)

It appears that Mike Maccagnan and Adam Gase had different views on Le'Veon Bell.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Gase didn't like the amount of money Maccagnan gave to the running back, who sat out all of last year. Maccagnan, who was fired on Wednesday, signed the former Steeler to a four-year, $52.5 million deal.

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Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan 00:02:08
New York Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan and name head coach Adam Gase as the interim GM. The Athletic's Connor Hughes breaks down the move.

The Jets have fired GM Mike Maccagnan as GM, effective immediately, the team announced Wednesday, with Adam Gase taking over as acting GM. 

The announcement was made by chariman and CEO Christopher Johnson.

"This morning, I informed Mike that he was being relieved of his duties as General Manager of the team, effective immediately," Johnson said in a statement. "Mike helped to execute the strategic vision of the organization during the last four seasons and especially the past few months. However, I came to the decision to make a change after much thought and a careful assessment of what would be in the best long-term interests of the New York Jets. I will start a search for our new General Manager immediately. In the interim, Coach Gase will be the acting General Manager. I would like to thank Mike for his time and efforts during his tenure, and I wish only the best for him and his wife Betty."

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Ray Lucas on Jets firing GM 00:00:34
New York Jets fire GM Mike Maccagnan. SNY analyst and former Jets quarterback Ray Lucas sounds off on how the Jets handled the situation.

Shortly after the Jets' shocking dismissal of GM Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday, Darron Lee tweeted what can be construed as a happy reaction.

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Sep 29, 2018; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons wide receiver Greg Dortch (3) runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Rice Owls at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)
Sep 29, 2018; Winston-Salem, NC, USA; Wake Forest Demon Deacons wide receiver Greg Dortch (3) runs in for a touchdown in the first quarter against the Rice Owls at BB&T Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeremy Brevard-USA TODAY Sports (Jeremy Brevard)

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Last week, the Jets announced they had signed 16 undrafted rookies to their roster. Those 16 attended the rookie orientation over the weekend, along with the six draft picks, and will take the field for organized team activities next week.

NFL teams can usually count on getting some level of contributions from their undrafted free agents, and sometimes you can find a real diamond in the rough. For example, Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay went to the Pro Bowl last year and JC Jackson played a big role for the Super Bowl champion Patriots, starting five games.

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