FLORHAM PARK, NJ – The New York Jets have completed their 23-day search for a general manager and hired down the vice president of the Philadelphia Eagles team, Joe Douglas, an ally of new coach Adam Gases.
New York Douglas gives Douglas a six-year deal, a source said Friday.
Douglas, 42, will be the jet's fourth GM in the last eight years, replacing Mike Maccagnan, who was fired on May 15 after a blackout fight with Gases.
The Jets hope Douglas can bring an organization into turmoil after the surprising overthrow of Maccagnan. This could be unpleasant for Douglas, as there is a perception that gases acting as interim GM are in charge.
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Technically, Gases and Douglas will both report to CEO Christopher Johnson – the same power structure as the previous regime , Just like Maccagnan, Douglas will control the 53-member squad and, according to Jets, have the final say in draft and free agency.
Douglas was the favorite from the start, also because of his connection to gases. You worked with the Chicago Bears in 2015 and stayed friends. Douglas speculation began to turn before the design, as rumors of job security of Maccagnan were known.
The jets interviewed four well-known contestants for the position – Douglas, Seattle Seahawks co-director of player staff Scott Fitterer, Bear's deputy director of player Personal Champ Kelly, and New Orleans Saints director of Pro Scouting Terry Fontenot.
The Jets did not want to take "No" as an answer from Douglas, a source told Schefter. Douglas tried to refuse the job, and every time he did, the team came back harder and harder, and did not turn away in his effort to land him.
They won and ate Douglas on Saturday night with another meeting on Sunday before offering him the job.
Douglas inherits a promising young quarterback in Sam Darnold, but still faces numerous challenges. The jets have not released any winning season since 2015 and have not reached the playoffs since 2010. The list includes a small core of talented players, led by Pro Bowl security Jamal Adams, but there are many shortcomings.
The cap situation is fine for a year or two, but it could be chaotic if Maccagnan's recent contracts, namely the repayment of Le Veve Bell and linebacker CJ Mosley, reach the second and third contract years.
] Douglas does not have any GM experience yet, but is considered up and coming in league games. He spent the last three seasons as Howie Roseman's right-hand man in the Eagles' front office, led the human resources department, and led the Boy Scouts. According to Eagles, he played a key role in the Super Bow championship in 2017, but many said Douglas was ready to leave.
He directed three designs with the Eagles. The 2017 and 2018 designs have no star power and produced only two starters, the defensive end Derek Barnett and the close-ended Dallas Goedert, but a handful of players could star in this season. It is important to remember that the Eagles lacked capital deprivation due to their dealings with Carson Wentz in 2016.
Douglas grew up in the Baltimore Ravens organization, started as a low-level human resources assistant in 2000 and worked his way up to the state when he realized he had no shot at the GM position – Eric DeCosta was the heir to Ozzie Newsome displayed – Douglas switched to the Bears and Eagles.