BREAKING: Jets close to deal with GM Gamble

After an early Saturday morning interview with the Jets, Gamble has cancelled his meeting with the Jacksonville Jaguars to focus more on the Jets GM position.

It looks like the Jets are willing to gamble on Tom Gamble as their new general manager.

Brian Bassett of SNY’s the Jets Blog confirmed a report from Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio that the Jets indeed want to hire the 49ers Director of Player Personnel to replace Mike Tannenbaum.

Woody Johnson's hiring of Jed Hughes to find his new GM -- and keeping the decision out of his hands -- may be the smartest move of the early offseason. (JetsInsider.com Photo.)

In the report Bassett cites a source with knowledge of Jets contracts that says the potential deal is in the $2-3 million per year for three or four year ballpark. Gamble has been labeled by many as the favorite for the job since the search began.

Gamble, perhaps, gives Rex Ryan the best opportunity to keep his job. Historically in this type of situation the head coach has a short term mentality with keeping his job at the top of his priorities while the newly appointed general manager is asked to think long term. Given Gambles’ structuring of the 49ers — a team with a very similar identity to the Jets, except they executed it better — it may be an easy transition for Ryan to grow accustomed to. There is also the personal history from the days where their fathers worked together for the Eagles in Philadelphia.

While Tom Heckert removed his name from the GM discussion Saturday citing concerns about the team’s salary cap, Marc Ross — the Giants director of college scouting — still has his interview planned for Monday.¬†Ross was given permission by Giants GM Jerry Reese to interview with the Jets and he appears to be the minority candidate up for discussion.

A decision may not come for days, however, as front office head hunter Jed Hughes — being paid by the hour — has an invested interest to keep things open. It is also important to note that the Jets have not fulfilled the Rooney Rule, which requires NFL teams to interview minority candidates for head coaching and senior football operation opportunities.

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