Gase will be the interim general manager for now and this news can't be great for Bell, knowing his head coach didn't want him and the team is now in his full control. Both announcements were made by team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson.
NY hired Gase, who had just been fired by the Miami Dolphins, to replace Bowles, and also signed free agent running back Le'Veon Bell to a four-year contract. Johnson goes on to justify today's choice "what would be in the best long-term interests of the New York Jets".
Maccagnan, who had two years left on his contract, was instrumental in the team drafting Sam Darnold last year and was part of the group that selected Gase to become the franchise's new coach after Todd Bowles was sacked.More news: US Treasury Chief to Plan for Trade Meeting in China Soon
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The move comes just weeks after the completion of the 2019 National Football League draft, removing Maccagnan from the post he's held since 2015. Maccagnan, who was hired as GM in 2015, was not relieved of his duties this past offseason when coach Todd Bowles was sacked.
Lee was a 2016 first-round pick by the Jets, taken 20th overall, and played three underwhelming seasons in Gotham.
Mike Maccagnan helped lead the Jets' coaching search this offseason, spent big money in free agency and oversaw the team's draft.
One personnel man with Bears ties who won't be joining the Jets: Former Chicago defensive back and associate personnel director Dwayne Joseph, who last week left his post in the Eagles personnel department to become the new Oakland Raiders director of pro scouting.