The Miami Dolphins have granted permission for the New York Jets to interview Assistant General Manager Brian Gaine for their vacant General Manager position. Gaine was promoted to Assistant General Manager for the Dolphins in 2012 after serving as the Assistant Director of Player Personnel, and Director of Player Personnel over the past four years.
Gaine is seen as one of the up-and-coming executives in the league, and was interviewed for the St. Louis Rams' General Manager position last year.
He began his NFL career with the Jets in 1999 as a college scout under Bill Parcells. He later joined Parcells with the Dallas Cowboys, then again moved when Parcells became the Executive Vice President of Football Operations with the Dolphins.
When the Dolphins promoted Gaine last year, General Manager Jeff Ireland explained, "He earned this position by not only his continued and unquestioned trust, loyalty and commitment to the Miami Dolphins organization, but by his continued efforts each and every day to strive for perfection. His attention to detail and professionalism has ultimately paid dividends to his growth and development and he will continue to be a very valuable member of the organization."
The Jets are also considering Omar Khan from the Pittsburgh Steelers, John Idzik from the Seattle Seahawks, Jim Popp from the Montreal Alouettes, former Chicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo, Jimmy Raye from the San Diego Chargers, Dave Caldwell from the Atlanta Falcons, the San Francisco 49ers Director of Player Personnel Tom Gamble, Marc Ross from the New York Giants, and their own Assistant GM Scott Cohen.
The Jets could have to go for a young executive over a former GM like Angelo; owner Woody Johnson is requiring that whomever he hires as GM accept Rex Ryan as his head coach.
Other than the Jets, the Kansas City Chiefs general manager position is the only vacancy remaining. The Chiefs have not yet requested to interview Gaine.
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