The New York Jets officially announced that Seattle Seahawks vice president of administration John Idzik has been hired as the team’s new general manager.
“John has seen first-hand what’s necessary to construct a winning team and has worked with some of the most innovative and successful coaches in the NFL, including Pete Carroll, Tony Dungy, Dennis Green, Jon Gruden and Mike Holmgren,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson. “Drawing on 20 years of NFL experience, John, working with Rex (Ryan), will get the Jets where all of us want to be.”
Idzik joined the Seahawks in 2007, serving as the team’s chief negotiator and salary cap expert.
A graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in mathematics, Idzik played receiver in college, and during his final years with Seattle began to take on a broader role in the scouting and evaluation of players.
Idzik also was a regular observer at Seattle’s practices during the week.
Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sport reports that former Denver Broncos general manager Brian Xanders could be a potential candidate to fill the role left vacant in Seattle’s organization by Idzik’s departure.