The New York Jets‘ three-week search for a new general manager appears to be entering its final stretch.
The Jets have indicated that they intend to make their final decision on a new GM possibly as early as tomorrow, which would give them ample time to get a front office in place as the NFL shifts towards off-season scouting.
To their credit, the Jets have been playing it pretty close to the vest, and who they’ll select is anybody’s guess.
Pittsburgh Steelers executive Omar Khan, Seattle Seahawks executive John Idzik and former Denver Broncos GM Ted Sundquist are among those thought to be in consideration for the job this late in the process.
Additionally, Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen, a player personnel specialist with 20 years of experience is also getting strong consideration for the job. Cohen has been in the Jets’ front office since 2008.
When it comes to who is the frontrunner for the job, well, your guess is as good as mine.
John Idzik, the Seahawks’ vice president of football administration, has 19 years of NFL experience and is well-versed in the salary cap and contract negotiations. He has reportedly had two interviews for the Jets job.
Ted Sundquist spent over a decade with the Broncos, including seven seasons as GM from 2001-2007. He’s actually spent the last few years blogging about football, in which he shares his tremendous insight with football fans.
Omar Khan, the Steelers’ director of business and football administration, is a bit of a wunderkind in these talks.
Khan is just 35 years old, but already has 16 years of NFL experience, with knowledge of both the football side and the business side of it all. He is very well respected around the league, and could have a very bright future as a GM.
The dark horse could be Scott Cohen, who spent eight seasons as Philadelphia Eagles director of pro personnel before coming to the Jets in 2008. Jets owner Woody Johnson likely has some level of comfort with Cohen.
The Jets could be ready to announce their decision as early as Thursday, and they’ll almost certainly have a new GM in place by the start of next week. The next era of Jets football is about to begin. Stay tuned, Jets fans.