In a stunning post-draft move, the New York Jets have reportedly fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and Vice President of Player Personnel Brian Heimerdinger.
The team shared this news on Maccagnan on Wednesday morning, along with a statement from Chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson. He cited a need to look for the “best long-term interests of the New York Jets.” Remarkably, Adam Gase is now the new interim general manager.
ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported Heimerdinger was also let go.
These moves are shocking due to the timing, and because after a few years of poor choices, Maccagnan and Heimerdinger are coming off arguably their best offseason at their positions.
New York landed one of the best defenders in free agency, linebacker C.J. Mosley, traded for dominant offensive guard Kelechi Osemele, and signed All-Pro running back Le’Veon Bell — among other strong moves — before the draft.
Then, they got arguably the best defender in the draft, Quinnen Williams, with the No. 3 overall pick to spearhead what many believe was a strong overall draft haul.
It remains to be seen how long Gase will carry the “acting GM” mantle.