Jets request to interview Vikings’ George Paton, Seahawks’ Scott Fitterer for GM job
As the New York Jets continue to bring in potential candidates to fill in their vacant general manager spot, they’ve added George Paton and Scott Fitterer to their search list.
The #Jets have added two more names to their GM request list: #Vikings assistant GM George Paton and #Seahawks Co-Director of Player Personnel Scott Fitterer were requested, source said. They join Joe Douglas (#Eagles) and Champ Kelly (#Bears) on NYJ’s list so far.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 26, 2019
According to a report from NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Jets have requested to speak with both Minnesota Vikings assistant GM George Paton and Seattle Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer about their vacant GM job. Both front-office men could join Joe Douglas of the Eagles and Champ Kelly of the Bears on the list.
As their search for a new general manager grows, the biggest potential problem facing the Jets is how much power their new hire will have. According to multiple reports throughout the week, no candidate wants to take on the job unless he is offered a long-term deal and final say over players. While the Jets could conceivably offer both of those things, it remains to be seen if they will, especially with how head coach Adam Gase is operating.
Shortly after Mike Maccagnan was fired, Gase quickly stepped in and made a handful of moves — including trades and cuts — that are typically reserved for the GM. While Gase maintains he doesn’t want the type of overarching power a GM has, it’ll be interesting to see how he and the new general manager get along.
While the Jets continue searching, the rest of the team must begin preparing for a new NFL season. For a team that missed the playoffs for nearly 10 straight years, the Jets have the look of a team that could make a run for a wild card spot, especially if Sam Darnold takes the second-year leap the team hopes he will make. All of that won’t mean much if the front office continues to be dysfunctional, though. This is the reality in which the Jets live.