UPDATE: The Jets’ interview with Joe Douglas will take place on Sunday, June 2. Original story below.
Sources: Eagles VP of player personnel Joe Douglas will interview for the Jets GM job on Sunday.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 31, 2019
The New York Jets are interviewing Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas for their general manager vacancy this weekend, according to a report from Yahoo’s Charles Robinson.
This news follows last week’s development that the Jets officially put in a request to interview Douglas. It’s now clear that the Eagles either 1) couldn’t deny this interview because the Jets are offering Douglas final say on personnel moves or 2) the Eagles are granting Douglas permission to interview with the Jets.
It sounds like it may be a case of the former. NFL insider Adam Caplan recently shared some relevant insight on the Jets’ GM search:
For those asking: League source on #Jets GM opening--— Adam Caplan (@caplannfl) May 28, 2019
New GM will have significant control: at least 53-man roster+draft.
Not clear on 47-man or free agency, but 53-man and draft makes it clear it's a real GM job (meaning that guy will make most if not all of the decisions).
Many NFL reporters have insisted that Douglas is the “favorite” to land the Jets GM job. The Eagles executive supposedly has a good relationship with Jets head coach Adam Gase.
Douglas may very well be leaving the Eagles this offseason. It doesn’t seem impossible he could pass on taking the Jets job, though, if he has reservations about New York’s dysfunctional ownership.
It’s worth noting that the Jets aren’t putting all their eggs in the Douglas basket. They’re reportedly interested in at least four other candidates: Champ Kelly, Scott Fitterer, George Paton, and Terry Fontenot. Those guys might be backup options if Douglas doesn’t want to take the job.
With Douglas set to interview this weekend, we could have some more clarity in the near future on whether he’s leaving the Eagles or not. If Philadelphia had their way, Douglas would stay. But it’s not up to the Eagles at this point.
Stay tuned for more updates.