The New York Jets announce head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan have received contract extensions.
Well, New York Jets fans won’t have to wait to read the last chapter (Week 17) to find out the biggest mystery of the season. It’s official.
The Jets are bringing back the tandem of head coach Todd Bowles and general manager Mike Maccagnan.
The Jets announce that HC Todd Bowles and GM Mike Maccagnan have received contract extensions. #Jets
— Rich Cimini (@RichCimini) December 29, 2017
According to the report, these extensions will run through the 2020 season, which means that they will have another three years working together, including this huge 2018 offseason that includes a ton of moving parts.
Current owner Christopher Johnson, son of Woody Johnson, had spent considerable time at the facilities this week with the team. Johnson said before he made his decision he wanted to see ‘progress’ and, apparently, there was enough of that in an up and down 5-10 season.
Here are his comments via the New York Jets Media Relations Department:
“We are very happy to have extended both Mike and Todd. During their time here, they have worked together to help the organization build a foundation on which to grow,” Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said. “They are identifying, developing, and getting productivity out of our players. I believe we are headed in the right direction. This provides us continuity and stability as we continue to move this team towards sustained success. We still have a lot of work to do and I am excited to work closely with both of them as we move forward.”
This is a pivotal offseason for the Jets. Bowles has yet to lead this team to the postseason and thus the franchise is in the midst of a seven-year playoff drought. Despite the drought, Maccagnan has slowly but surely made swift and clever moves to rebuild this roster:
- Trading Sheldon Richardson for a 2018 second round pick and veteran wide receiver Jermaine Kearse.
- Acquiring former Jets inside linebacker Demario Davis in a trade prior to witnessing his career-year at 28.
Plus drafting building blocks for the future:
- S, Jamal Adams, sixth overall pick, LSU
- DL, Leonard Williams, sixth overall pick, USC
- LB, Darron Lee, 20th overall pick, Ohio State
- S, Marcus Maye, 39th overall pick, Florida
- UDFA: WR, Robby Anderson, Temple