The New York Jets have interviewed at least 10 candidates for their general manager position over the past three weeks, but it looks like the Jets have begun to zero in on their guy.
ESPN's Adam Schefter points out that a "clear frontrunner" has emerged of the group:
Seattle executive John Idzik has emerged as clear frontrunner to become Jets' new GM and could be offered the job as early as tonight.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) January 17, 2013
We shared some preliminary thoughts on Idzik in a post earlier this week. NFL Network's Albert Breer said Idzik was a "sleeper" candidate back in December because of his versatility and work with Seahawks GM John Schneider. Breer added:
He's a business-side guy who runs the team's cap, but he also does some college scouting for Schneider and has a wealth of experience with franchise rebuilds, going back to Dungy's Bucs.
Idzik earned a math degree from Dartmouth, according to the New York Daily News. Much like former Jets GM Mike Tannenbaum, Idzik's background is in managing the salary cap. Idzik has helped position the Seahawks comfortably within the the salary cap ($18.6 million in space for 2013, according to John Clayton of ESPN) while helping build a competitive team, but his background is not strictly in numbers.
Idzik made it a point to spend time with the coaching staff and watch film while with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers to get a firm grasp on the roster. The Daily News added, "Idzik played college football before coaching two seasons (one as a grad assistant at Duke and another as wide receivers coach at SUNY Buffalo)."
If Idzik truly is the front-runner for the job, it looks like the Jets will get an upgrade over Tannenbaum.
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Erik Frenz is the AFC East lead blogger for Bleacher Report. Be sure to follow Erik on Twitter and "like" the AFC East blog on Facebook to keep up with all the updates. Unless otherwise specified, all quotes are obtained firsthand or via team press releases.