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Report: Clinkscales likely to leave Jets after draft

Joey Clinkscales, Mike Tannenbaum AP

Although most coaches end up leaving their jobs after the football season ends, much of the activity relating to front-office comings and goings happens after the draft.  After this year’s draft, a man who has become a fixture with the Jets could be making his exit.

Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com reports that Jets V.P. of college scouting Joey Clinkscales may be leaving the team, after 16 seasons with the franchise.  Clinkscales, who played for the Steelers and the Buccaneers in the 1980s, has spent three years in his current position.

Clinkscales, per Cimini, could be joining the Raiders in a lateral position.  Cimini characterizes the move as a mutual decision.

The Jets currently aren’t characterizing it as anything.  “The most important thing for us right now is the 2012 draft and that’s our focus,” Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum said in a statement.

Clinkscales recently was a candidate for the G.M. position in St. Louis.  To the extent that the report characterizes Clinkscales’ status as creating a “cloud of uncertainty” with the Jets, there’s also a good chance that everyone involved knows exactly what will happen, and that the Jets and Clinkscales have decided simply to get through the draft before making any moves.

If, after all, the Jets and Clinkscales had parted ways before the draft, Clinkscales could have carried a lot of work and research and information as to the Jets’ plans to his next job, wherever it may be.

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18 Responses to “Report: Clinkscales likely to leave Jets after draft”
  1. N JAIL U MY HOE says: Apr 24, 2012 6:37 PM

    I think he doesnt like Tebow.

  2. jpb12 says: Apr 24, 2012 6:39 PM

    Since the Raiders don’t pick until Friday at the earliest – wouldn’t have been an issue.

  3. jlb10 says: Apr 24, 2012 6:48 PM

    reggie mckenzie putting together his staff. took care of the coaching now moving on to the scouting department

  4. j0esixpack says: Apr 24, 2012 6:53 PM

    He will reportedly be replacing Randy Jackson on American Idol.

  5. joetoronto says: Apr 24, 2012 7:00 PM

    Good work, Reggie.

  6. proflonghair says: Apr 24, 2012 7:24 PM

    He thought Tebow was too pitchy, dawg

  7. kappy32 says: Apr 24, 2012 7:37 PM

    Raiders fans are happy about this? This guy has been the head college scout for one of the worst drafting franchises in the history of the NFL. All this guy is going to do is bring his Jets futility to the West Coast. Have fun with him Raider Nation.

  8. lbraiders says: Apr 24, 2012 7:42 PM

    In Reggie we trust raider nation baby…

  9. howiefeltersnatch says: Apr 24, 2012 8:03 PM

    Clinkscales… how one weighs weed in prison?

  10. pensacolavolfan says: Apr 24, 2012 8:17 PM

    Both McKenzie and Clinkscales played at Tennessee

  11. jerrycola says: Apr 24, 2012 8:32 PM

    Going from one team in turmoil like the Jets, to another team in turmoil like the Raiders is not something one should be proud to have on a resume. Since Al Davis hates the Steelers from as far back as the 70’s, hiring an ex-Steeler probably has him turning over in his grave.

  12. abninf says: Apr 24, 2012 9:24 PM

    What the heck is a Clinkscale?

  13. mrcosio says: Apr 24, 2012 10:05 PM

    Good to see Reggie is kicking out all of Al’s henchmen and replacing them with real NFL front office men

  14. mullman7675 says: Apr 24, 2012 11:37 PM

    Leaving a sinking ship for a team on the rise is always a good move. Looking forward to see what Big Reg has in store for the draft with limited picks. We shall see…

  15. blackdonnelly says: Apr 25, 2012 12:14 AM

    In Reggie we trust.

    That is all.

  16. mj2sexay says: Apr 25, 2012 1:00 AM

    @Kappy

    Actually, over the past 16 years, the Jets have been pretty adequate when it comes to the draft. It’s not like the guy was there for “We Want Sapp”, O’Brien over Marino or Blair Thomas.

    Since this article even MENTIONS the Jets, I can’t believe we haven’t seen one foot joke, Sanchez sucks comment, or any other dumb sentiments that usually come from the haters on this site. Color me mildly impressed. Not quite the shade of total impressed, but not bad just the same.

  17. jetzman says: Apr 25, 2012 6:38 AM

    Let’s not pretend that he’s the Dali Lama of drafts!!!

  18. var8rgrrl says: Apr 25, 2012 10:49 AM

    “Going from one team in turmoil like the Jets, to another team in turmoil like the Raiders is not something one should be proud to have on a resume. Since Al Davis hates the Steelers from as far back as the 70′s, hiring an ex-Steeler probably has him turning over in his grave.”

    Hey jerrycola–Does the name “Rod Woodson” mean anything to you?

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