The Jets continue to reach out to potential general manager candidates as they set up interviews to fill the vacant role.
The latest names to surface are Vikings assistant general manager George Paton and Seahawks co-director of player personnel Scott Fitterer. The Jets have requested permission to interview both men, according to the NFL Network. The other reported candidates are Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas and Bears assistant director of player personnel Champ Kelly.
The Jets are trying to find a replacement for Mike Maccagnan, who was fired on May 15. Head coach Adam Gase is acting as interim GM and will assist team CEO Christopher Johnson in the search for a permanent GM. Paton and Fitterer have no ties to Gase.
Paton has been with the Vikings for 12 years. He has turned down many opportunities to interview for GM jobs, including the Jets’ in 2015, so it will be interesting to see if he actually agrees to an interview.
Paton has overseen the scouting department with the Vikings, and they have been one of the better drafting teams in the NFL. Before joining Minnesota, Paton spent six seasons with the Dolphins as director of pro personnel. He began his career in the Bears’ scouting department.
Fitterer has been with the Seahawks since 2001, when he joined the team as an area scout. Seattle has had one of the best scouting departments under current general manager John Schneider. Fitterer was a candidate for the Chiefs GM job two years ago. The Jets actually interviewed Trent Kirchner, who shares the co-director of player personnel title with Fitterer, in 2015 before they hired Maccagnan.