Jets interview Seahawks executive Scott Fitterer for GM vacancy

New York Jets head coach Adam Gase takes questions from reporters before the NFL football team's practice in Florham Park, N.J., Thursday, May 23, 2019. (Seth Wenig/AP)

NEW YORK — The Jets have interviewed Seattle Seahawks executive Scott Fitterer for their general manager job.

The team’s announcement Friday that it completed its meeting with Fitterer marked New York’s first interview to fill its front-office vacancy.

Fitterer has been the Seahawks’ co-director of player personnel alongside Trent Kirchner since 2015. He has worked with Seattle since 2001 and served in various roles, including as the team’s director of college scouting.

Mike Maccagnan was surprisingly fired by Jets chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson on May 15 after four seasons — just 2 1/2 weeks after the GM oversaw the team’s draft. Johnson said he was looking to hire someone who was "a strategic thinker" and added that "it’s more than a talent evaluation guy."

Head coach Adam Gase is the acting general manager and has an active role in the Jets’ process of finding a new GM.

Joe Douglas, Philadelphia’s vice-president of player personnel, is expected to interview with New York over the weekend. He is largely considered the favourite to land the gig. Terry Fontenot, New Orleans’ director of pro scouting, is also expected to be among the candidates to meet with the Jets.

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