New York Jets: David Caldwell

Jets wanted Caldwell -- badly

January, 14, 2013
The Jets wanted so much to make Dave Caldwell their new general manager that they were prepared to make a highly unusual offer, according to Sports Illustrated's Peter King. In his Monday Morning QB column, King writes:

Included in the New York Jets' contract package being prepared for David Caldwell last Monday -- the day the club gave him a tour of the area and was wooing him to be the team's next general manager -- was a $1 million housing allowance.

In the annals of Perks Given to NFL General Managers, I would say that takes the cake.

The timing is interesting. This grand tour occurred the day before the Woody Johnson/Rex Ryan news conference, meaning it's highly likely the Jets were hoping to have their new GM in place before the highly anticipated news conference.

The day after the Woody/Rex show, the Jets expanded their search, setting up interviews with at least five news candidates. Clearly, Caldwell was the guy on their "A" list of candidates they truly coveted. As everybody knows, the former Falcons director of player personnel was hired by the Jaguars.

Reports: Caldwell to Jacksonville

January, 8, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- Scratch another name off the Jets' GM list.

Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell, who met twice with the Jets, has agreed in principle to become the Jaguars' GM, according to multiple reports.

One league source said Caldwell "played and leveraged the Jets. It was common knowledge in the scouting community that he was taking the Jacksonville job."

Right now, it's a three-man race for the Jets -- unless they decide to expand the field. The known candidates are 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen. Gamble, the early favorite, didn't blow away the Jets in his interview, one source said.

Based on Woody Johnson's comments Tuesday, saying how he believes the organization is "heading in the right direction," it wouldn't be a total shock if he picks the continuity candidate -- Cohen. No knock on Cohen, but it wouldn't be received well by the fan base.

Caldwell back for second interview

January, 8, 2013
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. -- The Jets could be getting closer to naming a new general manager.

Falcons director of player personnel David Caldwell, whom they interviewed last Friday, was brought back for a second interview, according to sources.

Caldwell is in demand. He already has interviewed three times with the Jaguars for their GM vacancy.

The Jets have interviewed at least four candidates for the job, including 49ers director of player personnel Tom Gamble, Giants director of college scouting Marc Ross and Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen.

Gamble was considered the early favorite, but Caldwell started to gain momentum over the weekend as team officials evaluated the situation. It's not known if Gamble was invited back for a second interview.

Owner Woody Johnson, speaking Tuesday at a news conference, declined to comment on the search. He did, however, confirm that the new GM won't have the power to fire Rex Ryan this offseason. Johnson wouldn't say if the GM would have that power in 2014. The GM will have final say on personnel, the owner said.

Johnson's desire to retain Ryan probably reduced the pool of interested candidates, although he insisted that isn't the case.

"They know he's a good coach," Johnson said, revealing that Ryan will be involved in the search.