Caldwell was the presumed favorite to land the vacant Jaguars GM job after he interviewed with owner Shahid Khan three times over the past week, but made fans nervous on Tuesday when he interviewed with the New York Jets for their GM position and was said to be a strong candidate for their opening as well. Caldwell informed the Jets this afternoon that he was removing his name from consideration for the job and is now in contract negotiations with the Jaguars.
The Jaguars moved quickly this afternoon to lock up Caldwell after the other candidate they were considering for the GM job, Steve Keim of the Arizona Cardinals, chose to remain with the Cardinals as their new GM this afternoon.
Caldwell, who cut his teeth as a scout with both the Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts, has spent the past five seasons with the Falcons working closely with their general manager Thomas Dimitroff as he has turned that franchise into a consistent playoff contender since taking over in 2008.
Caldwell’s first order of business will be to make a decision on current Jaguars head coach Mike Mularkey. Mularkey went 2-14 in his first season with the Jaguars, but worked with Caldwell in Atlanta as an offensive coordinator. Regardless of the connection between Caldwell and Mularkey, it is believed that Caldwell favors bringing in San Francisco 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman to be his head coach.
Outside of the coaching situation, Caldwell will have several other personnel decisions to make this offseason. He will need to hit the ground running over the next several weeks to make sure he has his front office staff in place for free agency and the scouting circuit leading up to April’s NFL Draft.