Published: Thu, May 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Gase's 1st move: Jets send LB Lee to K.C.

Gase's 1st move: Jets send LB Lee to K.C.

Gase is the only head coach in the National Football League now with the general manager title, making him the 20th GM to work in the AFC East after Bill Belichick was as the Patriots head coach hired in 2000.

In a statement, Johnson praised Maccagnan for his help stating, "Mike helped to execute the strategic vision of the organization during the last four seasons and especially the past few months".

The Jets fired Maccagnan on Wednesday and elevated Gase to interim GM.

Gase only started coaching the Jets in January, so many see his role as acting General Manager as happening a little fast. "And that's all we've done since we've been here", Gase said over the weekend when asked about a potential rift between him and Maccagnan.

Vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger was also let go on Wednesday according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. For what it's worth, Gase later downplayed the reports.

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Maccagnan, who was hired as GM in 2015, was not relieved of his duties this past offseason when coach Todd Bowles was sacked - leading many to assume that Maccagnan's job was not in jeopardy.

Only 12 of the 22 players selected in his first three years are still on New York's roster.

Lee was a 2016 first-round pick by the Jets, taken 20th overall, and played three underwhelming seasons in Gotham.

Maccagnan was also active in free agency in March, spending big bucks to land the likes of running back Le'Veon Bell and linebacker C.J. Mosely.

Gase was hired this off-season following the dismissal of Todd Bowles as head coach. He also acquired left guard Kelechi Osemele from the Raiders in a trade.

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