Jets appear close to hiring new GM

DENNIS WASZAK Jr. AP Sports Writer Published:

NEW YORK (AP) -- The New York Jets are closing in on hiring a general manager, with Seattle executive John Idzik the apparent front-runner.

The Jets, who fired Mike Tannenbaum on Dec. 31, have held a thorough interview process with the help of a search firm with about 10 candidates. ESPN, citing anonymous sources, reports that the Jets are close Thursday night to offering the job to Idzik, the Seahawks' vice president of football administration.

Idzik and Pittsburgh executive Omar Khan are among the finalists being considered by owner Woody Johnson and team president Neil Glat.

Idzik, whose strengths include managing salaries and the salary cap but has also worked in player personnel, has been with the Seahawks the past six seasons after previously working in the front office for Tampa Bay and Arizona.