Opinion: Amid unfair NFL landscape, Jets make right call by unloading GM Mike Maccagnan

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The New York Jets are moving on from general manager Mike Maccagan, filling his position with Adam Gase as interim GM.
Alyssa Williams, USA Today Sports

Admittedly, the optics aren’t great. But given that the New York Jets obviously soured on Mike Maccagnan four years into his tenure, Wednesday was the right time to part ways with their general manager.

Sure, Maccagnan just drafted highly regarded Alabama defensive lineman Quinnen Williams — and just weeks after landing the likes of star running back Le’Veon Bell and Pro Bowl linebacker C.J. Mosley in free agency. In a fair world, “Macc” would have gotten requisite time to see if his latest decisions paid off.

But the NFL is anything but fair. And skeptics will say Williams fell into Maccagnan’s lap with the No. 3 overall selection, and that the GM was essentially bidding against himself for the services of Bell (now the second-best paid back in the league after Todd Gurley, who’s nearly three years younger) and Mosley (now easily the top-compensated inside linebacker).

The Jets are also clearly ready to turn the page from a 30,000-foot view, new chairman Christopher Johnson ready for his team to finally…

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