There’s a new leader in the Jets front office, as general manager Joe Douglas is already looking to fill out his staff.
Two names have already emerged as potential candidates and one is a bit of a surprise.
ESPN NFL Draft analyst Todd McShay told one of his colleagues, Rich Cimini that he is an option for Douglas’ staff and Cimini also reported that the Jets will interview former Browns general manager Phil Savage as well.
McShay has no experience in an NFL front office but he has a relationship with Douglas as the two were college teammates at the University of Richmond during the 1990s. He has spent the last thirteen years at ESPN as a draft analyst as well as a sideline reporter for college football.
Savage hasn’t worked in an NFL front office since he was a player personnel executive for the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2012 season. He has a long track record in the NFL dating back to starting as a defensive assistant coach with the Browns under Bill Belichick in the early 1990s.
He moved up to the front office before moving with the team to Baltimore following the 1995 season. Savage became the Browns general manager in 2005 and had that role through the 2008 season. His notable draft picks as general manager included Braylon Edwards, Joe Thomas, and Brady Quinn and built the roster for the last winning season in Cleveland when they went 10-6 in 2007.
Savage and Douglas worked together in the Baltimore Ravens front office from 2000 to 2004 so they have that history and connection together.
Whoever Douglas chooses to be on his staff, it’s clearly going to be people he can trust and that can work in lockstep with alongside head coach Adam Gase because it seems as though that Gase is running the show in New York but needed someone like Douglas who has a track record of evaluating and finding talent.