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Jets hire Joe Douglas as new general manager

Joe Douglas, Jets

The New York Jets finally have a new general manager as they’ve hired former Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas, the team announced on their official Twitter account.

Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Jets are giving Douglas a six-year contract.

Douglas will be the Jets’ fourth GM in the past eight years. He replaces Mike Maccagnan, who was fired May 15 after coming out on the losing end of an apparent power struggle with head coach Adam Gase.

Aside from Douglas, the Jets also interviewed Seattle Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer, Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly and New Orleans Saints director of pro scouting Terry Fontenot for the vacancy.

But Douglas was always the heavy favorite for the job, in part because of his relationship with Gase. They worked together with the Chicago Bears in 2015 and remained friends.

Schefter also notes that Douglas turned down the Jets, but they just wouldn’t say “no” for an answer and persisted in their pursuit.

The hope is that with Douglas’ close ties with Gase, the Jets can finally have a bit more unity and stability between the front office and the coaching staff moving forward.

Douglas will inherit a promising Jets roster led by second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, Pro Bowl safety Jamal Adams, and big-money free-agent acquisitions, running back Le’Veon Bell and middle linebacker C.J. Mosley.

With those four leading the way, Gase and the Jets will be aiming to snap an eight-year playoff drought this season.