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Glazer: Jets “can’t give [G.M.] position away”

Rex Ryan, Mike Tannenbaum, Woody Johnson

FILE - In this Dec. 2, 2012 file photo, New York Jets head coach Rex Ryan, left, stands with general manager Mike Tannenbaum, center, and owner Woody Johnson before an NFL football game against the Arizona Cardinals in East Rutherford, N.J. The New York Jets have fired Tannenbaum and say Ryan will be back next season. Johnson said in a statement Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, that “like all Jets fans, I am disappointed with this year’s results.” (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)


Maybe the Jets eventually will just bring back Mike Tannenbaum.

Something has to happen at some point, because Jets owner Woody Johnson is having a hard time finding a new General Manager. Per Jay Glazer of FOX, the team “can’t give the position away.”

Glazer says the Jets are calling back candidates who already have turned them down, asking them to reconsider. Meanwhile, guys they wanted who had other options (like Dave Caldwell and Tom Telesco) opted to go elsewhere.

So where will they go from here? Adam Schefter of ESPN reported earlier today that the Jets plan to have follow-up discussions this week with two of the candidates who haven’t turn them down (yet), and that the name to watch is former Bears G.M. Jerry Angelo. Per Schefter, Jets assistant G.M. Scott Cohen also is expected to be part of the process.

Making the job unattractive is the circus surrounding the franchise, from being forced to keep coach Rex Ryan for at least one year to the quarterback situation to a salary-cap mess, the job is viewed as not attractive.

Actually, those factors could make the job more attractive, because it could give the guy who takes the job a scholarship year with no expectations. Then, with a better cap and roster situation in 2014 and a license to hire a new coach, the new G.M. wouldn’t be on the clock until 2014.

If that doesn’t help the Jets get someone they want, the best play could be to promote Cohen, see how 2013 goes, and if necessary fire everyone after the coming season and start from scratch.