The New York Jets are making major front office changes. They have fired general manager Mike Maccagnan after four seasons, the team announced moments ago.
Maccagnan was hired as the Jets’ GM in January 2015. He received a contract extension in December 2017 that tied him up through 2020, but the Jets now have other plans.
New head coach Adam Gase will serve as the acting GM as the franchise looks for a replacement. During last month’s NFL Draft, there were reports of a rift between Gase and Maccagan, and it looks like Maccagnan lost the battle.
“Mike helped to execute the strategic vision of the organization during the last four seasons and especially the past few months,” said Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson in a statement. “However, I came to the decision to make a change after much thought and a careful assessment of what would in the best long-term interests of the New York Jets.”
Statement from Jets Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson on Mike Maccagnan. pic.twitter.com/cHWNJzExLp
— New York Jets (@nyjets) May 15, 2019
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets also fired VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger.
Jets have fired GM Mike Maccagnan and VP of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger, league sources told @jeffdarlington and me. Maccagnan had two years left on his contract.
Jets are in position to have strong season thanks to Maccagnan and Heimerdinger.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 15, 2019
In his tenure with the Jets, Maccagnan hired a pair of head coaches, Gase and Todd Bowles. He also drafted well in the first round, landing Leonard Williams in 2015, Jamal Adams in 2017, Sam Darnold in 2018 and Quinnen Williams last month.
However, his drafting record beyond that drew criticism from fans and media.