Jets have requested permission to speak with Joe Douglas about GM job

Ed Kracz

The New York Jets have ramped up their search for a new general manager and have turned to their attention to the Eagles, specifically to Joe Douglas.

Douglas has been the vice president of player personnel and the right-hand man to Eagles executive vice president of football operations Howie Roseman since 2016. The Eagles are generally regarded as having one of the best front offices in the National Football League thanks to the success of this duo, which, together, worked hand-in-hand to build a Super Bowl winning roster in 2017.

The Jets, who fired GM Mike Maccagnan last week, have requested permission to interview Douglas for their now-vacant post, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport. New York is also seeking permission to interview the Chicago Bears’ assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly, per Rapoport.

It’s not a surprise that Douglas would be a hot candidate to take over as a general manager somewhere in the league. Even though the Jets’ front office seems to be a bit chaotic with the surprise firing of Maccagnan after the organization let the deposed GM spend $120 million in free agency then run the recent NFL Draft, Douglas and new coach Adam Gase have a history together.

The two men worked together in Chicago when Gase was the offensive coordinator. Gase then left to become the head coach of the Miami Dolphins, a team he led to just a 23-25 record in three seasons before being fired and hired by the Jets.

Douglas spent the 2015 season as the director of college scouting for the Bears after spending 16 seasons in the personnel department of the Baltimore Ravens.

Gase and Kelly also have history having worked together in Denver and Chicago. Kelly spent eight years with the Broncos (2007-14), including five as the assistant director of player personnel. Gase was with the Broncos from 2009-14. Both men worked in Chicago in 2015.

The Eagles aren’t oblivious to the notion that Douglas could leave at some point, having brought in Andrew Berry (pictured above left) from Cleveland. Berry was the Browns’ vice president of player personnel from 2016-18 and figures to inherit Douglas’ old post if and when Douglas leaves to be a GM.