The New York Jets search for a new General Manager could get desperate, but at least they are trying every outlet and setting their goals high for the future of the franchise. According to a report from Mike Garafalo and Jim Corbett of the USA Today, the New York Jets reached out to former Indianapolis Colts president and current ESPN analyst Bill Polian for their General Manager opening after firing Mike Tannenbaum earlier today.
Polian, unsurprisingly, rejected the Jets offer to be their next GM, and it’s going to be difficult to sell the job. It’s not exactly an attractive option, especially in the early going with more attractive options with the Carolina Panthers and San Diego Chargers open. Beyond that, Polian seems more content out of the GM’s office and as an analyst for ESPN. He would most likely only accept a GM job if the team was attractive enough of a destination in his eyes.
The Jets top target at this moment in time is a highly sought-after director of player personnel in San Francisco 49ers GM Trevor Baalke’s right-hand man Tom Gamble, who has already received interest from the Jacksonville Jaguars. He is a New York native, so that’s the biggest thing going for the Jets in addition to the fact that even the Jets are a more attractive option than the Jaguars.
Polian has also been linked to GM rumors with the Kansas City Chiefs if Clark Hunt decides to fire Scott Pioli, so expect to hear Polian’s name a little bit more in the near future.
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