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Heckert on Jets list, and look, he has a mystery team

Jimmy Haslam, Tom Heckert

Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam, right, talks with general manager Tom Heckert before the Browns play the Chicago Bears in a preseason NFL football game Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

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There was speculation early in the process about former Browns general manager Tom Heckert wanting to link up with coach Andy Reid at his next stop, fueled largely by the words out of Heckert’s own mouth.

Now as the rumor mill spins, comes new word that he has other suitors as well.

According to Mary Kay Cabot of the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Jets have scheduled an interview with Heckert for their GM vacancy.

He goes into the hopper there with Atlanta’s David Caldwell, San Francisco’s Tom Gamble and Marc Ross of the Giants.

Of course, Cabot’s item also mentioned the possibility that the Jets have competition, saying Heckert: “might land a job even before the Jets get a crack at him. At least one other team is heavily pursuing him.”

I think when agents get their instruction manuals from the NFLPA upon certification, the first page says “Always have a mystery team.”

Mystery teams are among the most functional for those looking for jobs, because they create urgency, drive up a market and don’t even have to exist.

Mystery teams are, simply put, the very best kind.

That’s not to say that in this particular case Heckert doesn’t have one, I’m sure he must. But it’s always funny the way a source doesn’t mind airing out one team’s identity, while another deserves the CIA treatment.