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May 15, 2019

Eagles' VP of player personnel Joe Douglas linked to Jets after firing of GM

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Howie Roseman and Joe Douglas.

The New York Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday morning and could have their sights on Joe Douglas, the Philadelphia Eagles' highly touted vice president of player personnel, according to multiple reports.

Maccagnan, who joined the Jets in early 2015, had two years left on his contract and had just completed an offseason that included the acquisitions of star running back Le'Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosley. The Jets' VP of player personnel, Brian Heimerdinger, was also let go on Wednesday, leaving newly-hired head coach Adam Gase as the interim GM.

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Multiple reports immediately linked the Jets to Joe Douglas, who has been with the Eagles since 2016 and has served as a key talent evaluator alongside Howie Roseman.

After the Eagles won Super Bowl LII, the uneasy question of whether Douglas would stick with the team long-term seemed to become a matter of when he'd leave, not if. Douglas will have options, as Albert Breer noted. He may not spring for New York, but it's doubtful the Jets would have made a move of this kind without a strong sense of who the organization wants leading its front office. 

The rumblings come after the Raiders hired away former Eagles director of pro scouting Dwayne Joseph, signaling the possibility for additional changes in Philadelphia. 

Douglas spent 15 seasons as a scout for the Baltimore Ravens and a season in Chicago as director of college scouting, where he worked alongside Gase, before joining the Eagles. He was already regarded as a "future GM" at the time of his hiring. It's starting to look like the future may be now. 

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