The Jaguars have interviewed former Giants general manager Jerry Reese for their vacant GM post, as Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL.com report. Reese’s meeting with Jacksonville marks the first time he has sat for an interview since he was fired by Big Blue in 2017.
There has, however, been plenty of interest in his services. Reese turned down an interview for the Raiders’ GM job in 2018, and we heard last year that there was “heavy support” for him to return to the league. Earlier this month, a report indicated that he could be in the running for the Lions’ GM position.
Unlike other execs looking to get back in the NFL, Reese has not hired an agent and refuses to make an appearance as an analyst or commentator. Sources tell Garafolo and Rapoport that Reese may already be in a front office if he was a bit more of a self-promoter, but that simply isn’t his style.
His patience, however, might ultimately pay off. Adam Schefter of ESPN.com hears that the Jags’ GM gig — as well as their HC post, assuming they move on from Doug Marrone — is considered at least as attractive as any other opening in the league thanks to the club’s ~$100MM of cap space, 11 draft picks in 2021, and potential opportunity to draft Clemson star QB Trevor Lawrence.
Though the Giants went just 91-85 in Reese’s tenure as GM, the club did win two Lombardi Trophies during that time, and his abilities as an exec are widely-respected around the league. If he and the Jags come to terms, it would be considered a win for Jacksonville.
In addition to Reese, the Jags are also considering Louis Riddick and Rick Smith, as PFR’s tracker shows.
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