The New York Jets will hold follow-up discussions with three general manager candidates: former Chicago Bears GM Jerry Angelo, Jets assistant GM Scott Cohen and Pittsburgh Steelers director of football and business administration Omar Khan, according to sources.
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After interviewing no fewer than eight candidates for their general manager vacancy, the Jets finally are in the homestretch of the process, writes Rich Cimini. Blog
Those conversations could begin Tuesday, and the Jets hope to have a new GM by Friday, the sources said.
Angelo, who had an impressive interview, is high on the Jets' radar, sources said.
Jets assistant general manager Scott Cohen also interviewed well, according to sources.
The Jets also interviewed former Denver Broncos GM Ted Sundquist late last week, according to a league source.
Angelo, who was fired from his post in Chicago after the 2011 season, is the only known candidate with experience as a GM. He was the Bears' GM for 11 years, compiling an 87-73 record and building the team that reached Super Bowl XLI.
Khan has been Pittsburgh's chief contract negotiator for more than a decade and is known for his cap expertise.
Owner Woody Johnson confirmed last week that Rex Ryan is part of the package, meaning the next GM has to retain the coach for at least one season. Johnson said he hasn't received any negative backlash from potential candidates.
Information from ESPNNewYork.com's Rich Cimini and ESPN.com AFC North blogger Jamison Hensley was used in this report.