The writing has been on the wall for months, since before Mike Maccagnan was even fired all we heard was the Jets wanted Joe Douglas to be their new general manager and now he is. After two rounds of interviews with Douglas and three other candidates the Jets were able to do enough to convince Douglas to come aboard.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that it’s a six-year deal for Douglas.
Douglas was the top choice for Adam Gase and Christopher Johnson all along, very well respected and lied around the league and was able to develop a little bit of a relationship with Gase from the year together in Chicago. Douglas was raised (front-office-wise) by Ozzie Newsome and the Baltimore Ravens where he spent 16 years in the personnel department and was the national scout for the Ravens when they drafted C.J. Mosley. Douglas was the director of college scouting for the Bears in 2015 before being hired as the Vice President of player personnel by the Eagles in 2016. Just under two years later the Eagles won the Super Bowl so Jets fans might as well start planning the parade route right now or at least act like that’s the case for the next week or so.
Douglas has his work cut out for him, he has his young franchise quarterback to build around along with some talented weapons and defenders but this is still a roster with multiple holes that need to be filled. Douglas will have to look to improve depth in the secondary and the offensive line first and foremost, but the Jets hope that he can bring stability to this franchise from everything he learned by being a part of two of the best front offices in the game.
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