Jets to hire Eagles executive Joe Douglas as general manager

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The New York Jets have agreed to hire Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas to be their general manager.

The team announced the decision on Twitter on Friday evening. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that Douglas will join the Jets on a six-year deal.

Report: Douglas took some persuading

Schefter reports that Douglas turned down the Jets on multiple occasions before finally being lured to the job.

The New York Jets have a new general manager in Joe Douglas, who worked with Adam Gase with the Chicago Bears. (Getty)
The New York Jets have a new general manager in Joe Douglas, who worked with Adam Gase with the Chicago Bears. (Getty)

The Jets had been searching for a new general manager since firing Mike Maccagnan in May after reported conflicts with first-year head coach Adam Gase.

Douglas will take over the Jets’ front office with the roster for the upcoming season mostly intact with the NFL draft and prime free-agency period having passed.

Douglas, Adam Gase have worked together

Douglas joined the Eagles in 2016 and played a significant role in shaping the roster of the Super Bowl LII championship team.

Prior to joining the Eagles, Douglas spent 2015 as the director of college scouting for the Chicago Bears and worked in the Baltimore Ravens’ personnel office from 2000-15, helping shape the team that won the franchise’s second Super Bowl in 2013.

Douglas worked with Gase when Gase was the offensive coordinator for the Bears and was considered a frontrunner for the Jets opening from the moment Maccagnan was fired. They both also share the same agent.

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