The New York Jets have requested an interview with New Orleans Saints director of pro scouting Terry Fontenot to be the next general manager.
The New York Jets‘ search for a new general manager is beginning to ramp up. They have already had two options agree to interview for the job that opened after the firing of Mike Maccagnan. Moreover, they aren’t done sending out requests.
The team has submitted a request to interview Terry Fontenot, according to Ian Rappaport of NFL Network. Fontenot is currently the director of pro scouting for the New Orleans Saints, who were a missed pass interference call away from playing in the Super Bowl last season.
The #Jets added a 5th name to their GM search: NYJ has put a request in for #Saints Director of Pro Scouting Terry Fontenot, sources say. Under-the-radar, but Fontenot has a great reputation and along with Sean Payton & Jeff Ireland, has helped NO drastically improve its roster.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 29, 2019
Fontenot is entering his 16th season with the Saints and his sixth in his current role per the team’s website. Although the team has built through the draft, he has found quality veteran players for them throughout the years, with notable players like Jairus Byrd, Ben Watson, and former Jet, Demario Davis. He was with the organization when they signed Drew Brees, which is arguably the best free agent signing in NFL history.
He has no general manager experience, but he has a good reputation around the league as one of the key architects of a Saints roster that is competitive every season.
There have been reports that the Jets might struggle to fill the role due to concerns about job security, which is a stark contrast to the Saints’ stable front office and coaching staff. If he is hired he would hopefully bring some stability to a franchise that has lacked it ever since Woody Johnson purchased it.