Not a month has gone by since the 2019 NFL Draft and the New York Jets have already dumped their GM, Mike Maccagnan. The Jets also relieved Brian Heimerdinger of his title as Vice President of Player Personnel. The swift moves have given new head coach Adam Gase more power in the organization as he now finds himself acting General Manager.
This morning, I informed Mike that he was being relieved of his duties as General Manager of the team, effective immediately. I will start a search for our new General Manager immediately. In the interim, Coach Gase will be the acting General Manager.
– NYJ Chairman & CEO Christopher Johnson
The New York Daily News is now reporting that former Steelers’ running back and big money free agency acquisition Le’veon Bell was at the heart of the rift between the now former GM and Jets’ headcoach Adam Gase.
Via NYDN: Not everyone wanted Le’Veon Bell in green.
Head coach Adam Gase — who was promoted to acting GM in the wake of Wednesday’s stunning firing of Mike Maccagnan — did not want to sign the former Steelers running back this offseason, sources told the Daily News’ Manish Mehta.
The disagreement over Bell — who signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal in March — was apparently a key factor in Maccagnan’s ouster. Not only did Gase not want to sign Bell, but he was against spending big money on any running back.
Bell — who did not show up for recent voluntary workouts with his new team — sat out last season in a contract dispute with the Steelers. Bell, a two-time All-Pro, had refused to play in Pittsburgh on the $14.5 million franchise tag.
Just days after Gase projected a united front at the Jets rookie orientation camp and said he was “pissed” about talk of a rift with Maccagnan, the GM is gone.