Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum has been named the president of the "Coaches, Front Office & Broadcasters" division at Priority Sports & Entertainment, reports Bruce Feldman of CBSSports.com.
Tannenbaum, a graduate of Tulane Law School, served as the Jets' general manager from 2006 through the 2012 season. Prior to ascending to the GM seat, Tannenbaum served as the Jets' contract negotiator from 1997-2005, so he has extensive experience when it comes to negotiating contracts. After missing the playoffs for a second consecutive season, owner Woody Johnson fired Tannenbaum on Dec. 31.
According to Forbes.com, Tannenbaum "will oversee all contract negotiation and representation of basketball and football coaches for both professional and college sports" from his New York office. Priority Sports has offices in Chicago, Atlanta and Los Angeles.
“I am thrilled to join a fantastic team at Priority Sports & Entertainment. It’s a tremendous company with no shortage of talented people and I only hope to add to the firm’s sterling reputation throughout the industry," said Tannenbaum.
Following his firing by the Jets, Tannenbaum appeared to be leaning towards a career in broadcasting, appearing on the NFL Network's coverage of the scouting combine and the free agent signing period. Tannenbaum, along with former Kansas City Chiefs GM Scott Pioli, filled a void created when Michael Lombardi left the network to become the general manager of the Cleveland Browns.
Tannenbaum appeared to be comfortable on camera, but it appears that after spending the last few years in the spotlight as the Jets' GM, pulling the strings in a behind-the-scenes role was a more appealing career path.