Jets continue GM search, with Gamble front-runner


Jets continue GM search, with Gamble front-runner

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets were moving forward with their search for a new general manager, with San Francisco 49ers executive Tom Gamble appearing to be the front-runner to replace Mike Tannenbaum.

Gamble, the 49ers' director of player personnel, met with the Jets over the weekend. He also canceled a second interview with Jacksonville and postponed a meeting with San Diego for their GM vacancies, according to published reports.

New York also spoke with Atlanta director of player personnel David Caldwell this weekend.

The Jets were still expected to interview Marc Ross, the Giants' director of college scouting, and in-house candidate Scott Cohen, the team's assistant GM under Tannenbaum. The meeting with Ross will satisfy the NFL's ``Rooney Rule,'' which mandates that teams must interview at least one minority candidate for front-office and head coaching jobs.

But Gamble seemed to have the clear edge as of Sunday night.

ESPN reported Sunday, according to sources, that Gamble told the Jaguars he wasn't taking a second interview for their vacancy so he could concentrate on the Jets. NFL Network also reported that Gamble rescheduled a meeting with the Chargers, fueling speculation that New York could be moving close to a deal.

The new general manager will have several issues to consider, including what to do with starting quarterback Mark Sanchez, who struggled mightily this season and was benched but has $8.25 million in guarantees in his contract for next season. The team would take a hefty salary cap hit of $17.1 million if he is cut.

The Jets are also expected to try to trade Tim Tebow or release him after just one disappointing season in New York in which he was rarely used - and never started at quarterback even as Sanchez was pulled. Tebow was disappointed in his lack of playing time, failing to reach the end zone during the regular season despite the team touting him before the season to be a major part of the offense.

The Jets also have several key potential free agents to address, including LaRon Landry, Dustin Keller, Braylon Edwards, Shonn Greene and Yeremiah Bell.

Owner Woody Johnson has not spoken publicly since the season ended and he fired Tannenbaum on Dec. 31 , but he will address the media - along with coach Rex Ryan - on Tuesday at the team's facility in Florham Park, N.J. It's unlikely the Jets will have their new general manager in place by then.

If they decide on Gamble, the Jets would get a veteran front-office presence who has been in the league for 24 years, including the last seven with the 49ers. He was promoted to director of player personnel before this season after serving as the team's director of pro personnel.

Gamble played a key role in helping general manager Trent Baalke turn the 49ers into one of the NFL's top franchises during the last few years. He was previously a college scout for the Colts from 1998-2004, a defensive assistant/quality control coach with the Jets from 1995-96 and started out working in Philadelphia's front office from 1988-94.

Gamble and Ryan have some history since their fathers worked together with the Eagles. Harry Gamble was the team president when Buddy Ryan was the Eagles' coach in the late 1980s.

Rex Ryan is expected to remain as coach for at least this season since he has two years remaining on his contract, and Johnson praised him in a statement last week, saying he ``has the passion, the talent, and the drive to successfully lead our team.''

Ryan and his staff were expected to return from a week of vacation on Monday. Despite rampant speculation, the team hasn't made a decision on the fate of offensive coordinator Tony Sparano, whose offense finished 30th overall in his first season with New York. Defensive coordinator Mike Pettine turned down a contract extension early in the season, and special teams coordinator Mike Westhoff retired after the season finale, so there could be several changes to Ryan's staff.


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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

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Ravens' Eric DCosta not ruling out taking a quarterback at No. 16

And with the No. 16 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, the Baltimore Ravens select.... a quarterback?

Assistant general manager, and soon to be general manager, Eric DeCosta isn't ruling out the possibility that the Ravens use their first-round pick on drafting a quarterback to eventually replace Joe Flacco. 

"I feel like if there is a guy there that we think is really too good to pass up, we're going to take him," DeCosta told the team's website on the chance of draft a quarterback in the first-round. 

Quarterback is just one of many offensive needs for the team. Joe Flacco's stats have been trending downward as the 33-year old is entering his 11th season.


Owner Steve Bisciotti though may disagree with DeCosta.

At his annual State of the Ravens press conference, Bisciotti said, "That’s not really something that we’re worried about right now. We’ve got bigger fish to fry, I guess. I don’t consider that a big worry," in regards to looking at life after Joe. Bisciotti also noted the team would be looking at all options in free agency and the draft for weapons for their QB.

From the sound of that, it appears the team's first choice would be a wideout, but the Ravens haven't drafted a quarterback since Joe Flacco back in 2008. 

The 2018 NFL Draft class has a handful of strong quarterbacks to choose from and not a ton of first-round wide receivers. 

Former Ravens scout, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com has predicted the team with take Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield in the first-round. 

"It basically depends on our evaluation and how we feel about the guy, what we think he can become as a player and what we think his upside is and if he's there," DeCosta said

Backup Ryan Mallet is a free agent so the organization will have to find someone to fill the role, whether it's someone on a one year-deal, or the future QB of the franchise. 


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Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately


Touted Prospect Shane Gersich signs with Caps, joins team immediately

The Caps signed University of North Dakota forward Shane Gersich, a fifth round selection in 2014 and one of the organization’s top prospects, on Friday morning, the team announced.

Gersich, a left shot who is listed at 5-11, 175-pounds, has already joined the team in Montreal, where the Caps play the Canadiens at Bell Centre on Saturday night.

His contract, which begins this season, carries an average annual value of $925,000.

It’s unclear when Gersich will make his NHL debut, but it could happen at some point in the Caps’ final eight games before the playoffs.


NBC Sports Washington has been told that the primary objective for Gersich in the coming weeks is to get his first taste of the NHL by observing—and practicing alongside—his new teammates in Washington. If the opportunity to get him into the lineup presents itself, then it’s possible he’ll suit up.

The 21-year-old just completed his third season at UND. Here are Gersich’s numbers from junior and college, courtesy of www.hockeydb.com.


At UND, the smooth-skating and skilled Gersich also produced this memorable goal vs. Denver:

Gersich has been assigned jersey No. 63 in Washington, according to the Caps’ website.

The addition of Gersich and subsequent subtraction of Travis Boyd, who was reassigned to Hershey on Friday morning, leaves the Caps with 14 forwards on the roster.

“I think he did a great job at rookie camp,” Caps GM Brian MacLellan said of Gersich in July. “He was one of our best players, if not the best player, at camp. Really happy about the way he’s progressed and where we picked him. I think Ross Mahoney did a great job with that pick.”