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Jets' search for new GM begins

Jets' search for new GM begins

NEW YORK (AP) The New York Jets have begun their search for Mike Tannenbaum's replacement.

David Caldwell, Atlanta's director of player personnel, was scheduled to meet with the Jets on Friday, while Tom Gamble, San Francisco's director of player personnel was set to sit down with the team Saturday, according to published reports.

Former Cleveland GM Tom Heckert canceled a scheduled interview with the Jets, the New York Post reported Friday night.

Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross, Green Bay director of football operations John Dorsey and Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen also have been mentioned as candidates.

The team hasn't commented on individual candidates or the interview process.

Tannenbaum was fired Monday, following a 6-10 finish, after seven seasons as the team's general manager. In a statement Monday, owner Woody Johnson said the team hired Jed Hughes of the search firm Korn/Ferry International to find the best candidates.

``Like all Jets fans, I am disappointed with this year's results,'' Johnson said in the statement. ``However, I am confident that this change will best position our team for greater success going forward.''

While Johnson fired Tannenbaum, who had been with the organization for 15 years, he chose to keep coach Rex Ryan. ESPNNewYork.com reported Friday that the team, according to sources, is telling candidates they must be willing to work with Ryan for at least next season.

``It's an interesting situation because you usually don't see it done that way where just the GM is fired,'' defensive lineman Mike DeVito said in an interview WFAN radio. ``But Rex is a great coach, he really is.''

Ryan, who has two years remaining on his contract, will address the media next Tuesday, along with Johnson, for the first time since the season ended. Ryan is vacationing in the Bahamas, where his tattoo of wife, Michelle, wearing a No. 6 Jets jersey - Mark Sanchez's jersey number - became an Internet sensation after the Daily News ran a front-page photo Friday.

The rest of the Jets' coaches also are away from the facility until next 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.

The new general manager might also have some say on who stays or goes - but will have to be able to work with Ryan.

Caldwell was hired in 2008 by Atlanta as the team's director of college scouting, and promoted to his current role before this past season. Along with the others high on the Jets' list, Caldwell is being considered by several other teams for GM vacancies.

Gamble, the son of former Philadelphia Eagles President Harry Gamble, has spent the last seven years helping rebuild the 49ers into one of the NFL's top teams.

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Robert Griffin III tweets that there will be no NFL preseason

Robert Griffin III tweets that there will be no NFL preseason

Last Thursday, the NFLPA's board of representatives came to a unanimous decision that the entire 2020 NFL preseason should be canceled. In a memo obtained by NFL Network's Tom Pelissero, the union recommended eliminating the preseason as a way to avoid injuries as well as greater health risks due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Even with the players united on that front, it's unclear what the final decision will be in terms of the preseason. However, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Robert Griffin III is hearing that what the NFLPA voted for is going to come to fruition.

Whether or not the preseason should be played is a debatable topic for many. For Griffin, he believes the reasoning for canceling the games that don't officially count comes down to one essential factor: the health of the players.

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While preseason games still bring in money for teams and the league, the quarterback doesn't see that as a reward big enough to ignore the risk of putting players in a situation that could compromise their safety.

The NFL had recently announced that it would be cutting down the preseason to only two games, but it now looks like even further reductions could be made. As for the status of the 2020 regular season, Griffin knows just about as much as everybody else.

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Lamar Jackson cancels 'Funday with LJ' as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Florida

Lamar Jackson cancels 'Funday with LJ' as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Florida

Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has canceled his third annual 'Funday with LJ' event in South Florida as coronavirus cases continue to rise in the area.

The move comes as a surprising one, as the quarterback had promoted the event in recent days, as it was set for July 11-12 in Pompano Beach, Florida.

According to the Baltimore Sun's Jonas Schaffer, Jackson decided to call off the event after more people signed up for the event than city limits allowed. So, rather than turning away people from what was supposed to be a public event, the quarterback decided to cancel the event altogether.

Jackson's event was expected to be a 6-hour outdoor extravaganza featuring go-karts, rock climbing, flag football, water slides and more. The quarterback had previously put in place safety measures in order to hold the event that included requiring adults to wear masks, a limited autograph session and having children sign a waiver form before participating.

While Jackson likely did not want to have to cancel the event, the decision is ultimately a smart one. Broward County, where 'Funday with LJ' was supposed to take place, has reported over 21,000 positive COVID-19 cases as South Florida has become one of the virus hotspots in America. 

By canceling the event, Jackson also limits the potential chance of himself contracting the virus. And with NFL training camp just a few weeks away, that's the safe decision.

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