Charles Robinson mentions that the next big hurdle for the Jets’ GM search after Adam Gase said he’s open to giving up control of the 53-man roster will be questions regarding owner Woody Johnson and his role.
Robinson says that people he’s spoken to are “very concerned” to know Johnson’s intentions for when he returns to the team after serving as the U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom. According to Robinson, some GM candidates don’t want to hear that there’s no clarity regarding Johnson’s role, as they know it’s possible he’ll be back sooner than later.
In the event that there are no answers, Robinson expects this to be a hurdle for the Jets.
Robinson has been told that Eagles VP of player personnel Joe Douglas remains Gase’s top pick for the GM job, but it’s possible that Douglas could be in demand next year when other jobs are available. Robinson believes the Jets will start lining up interviews with candidates as soon as next week.
Some names Robinson has heard as potential candidates that Gase would support include: Douglas, Adam Peters (49ers), Champ Kelly (Bears), and Lance Newmark (Lions). Robinson has also heard that ownership “thinks highly” of Vikings executive George Paton, who has been a popular GM candidate in recent years.
We’ll have more regarding as the news is available.