Jets hire Douglas. What it means . . . Dan Leberfeld

When you look at the field of candidates, you could make a strong argument that this candidate always made the most sense.

Of course, I’m talking about Joe Douglas.

The Jets have hired Douglas as their GM. He will have final say over their 53-man roster.

The Jets needed a GM who Adam Gase knew. To put Gase with a stranger would’ve been a recipe for disaster. A stranger telling Gase who his players will be is just a bad idea. We already saw how that scenario can be a problem.

Gase likes and trusts Douglas after they worked together for a year with the Chicago Bears in 2015. They have the same agent – Mr. Sexton.

And Douglas has paid his dues.

Prior to joining the Philadelphia Eagles in 2016 as a VP, Douglas spent the 2015 season as the director of college scouting for the Chicago Bears after working in the Baltimore Ravens’ personnel department for 16 years (2000-15).

Gase respects him, gets along with him, and Douglas is a “grinder” as one league source put it.

“Gase likes grinders,” the source said.


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