We’ve agreed to terms with Joe Douglas to be our next GM. pic.twitter.com/tzQiWzNmkp
— New York Jets (@nyjets) June 8, 2019
The New York Jets finally have their new general manager after agreeing to terms with Joe Douglas, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles.
The New York Jets put themselves in an awkward position after firing general manager Mike Maccagnan on May 15. However, the organization announced the hiring of Joe Douglas to take over and work alongside head coach Adam Gase.
It was unorthodox, but the Jets have the guy who is ready to lead them into the future. With a strong core centered around second-year quarterback Sam Darnold, it’s up to Douglas to add the necessary pieces to build a championship contender.
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Jets are giving Douglas a six-year contract. That shows that owner Christopher Johnson is putting a lot of trust into Douglas. Schefter is also reporting that Douglas turned down the Jets multiple times, but New York continued to up their offer until Douglas eventually relented.
Additionally, the Jets may have felt pressured to lock up Douglas after learning that the Houston Texans announced the firing of GM Brian Gaine. Douglas is definitely one of the hottest names on the market. Perhaps the thought of the Texans swooping in to steal Douglas was the final push needed to reach a deal.
However it went down, Douglas is here and it’s time to get to work. The offensive line and cornerbacks are the two biggest needs for Gang Green right now. If Douglas could help solidify either position (or both), the Jets could be a dark horse to sneak into the playoffs.