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Mike Tannenbaum will work as an agent for coaches

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Former Jets General Manager Mike Tannenbaum has found a new job in which he’ll be negotiating contracts, but from the other side of the bargaining table.

As first reported by Bruce Feldman of CBS, Tannenbaum is joining Priority Sports as an agent representing coaches. PFT has confirmed with Tannenbaum that Priority Sports will be opening a New York office, where Tannenbaum will be based, and that he will have a hand in both football and basketball, college and pro.

Tannenbaum is a graduate of Tulane Law School and knows the inner workings of the football business, so the move makes sense for him. Time will tell if Tannenbaum makes this a long-term career change, or if he gets the itch to jump back into an NFL front office if the right opportunity arises.

After seven years as the Jets’ general manager, Tannenbaum was fired at the end of the 2012 season. He had previously worked as the Jets’ director of player contract negotiations and as senior vice president of football operations and assistant general manager.

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17 Responses to “Mike Tannenbaum will work as an agent for coaches”
  1. ampats says: Apr 3, 2013 11:53 AM

    Based on his outstanding track record on negotiating contracts ( guaranteeing contracts) and managing the cap,( left the Jets in great shape) I can only imagine how many coaches will want to have Tannebaum managing their future contracts.

  2. getyourownname says: Apr 3, 2013 12:21 PM

    Has he signed Rex as a client yet?

  3. whatnojets says: Apr 3, 2013 12:28 PM

    Perfect job for him

  4. salventuri says: Apr 3, 2013 12:31 PM

    Whew…that’s a relief. I was so concerned about his future. Thanks for the update!

  5. RexCanCoach says: Apr 3, 2013 12:35 PM

    Mike T. is a good man, local NJ guy, and I hope this new venture suits him well.

    Every organization has a fall guy when things dont turn out the way you hope. Woody and Rex were lock-step with every decision that Mike made and if you don’t see this then you are a fool.

  6. nineroutsider says: Apr 3, 2013 1:06 PM

    Rex can’t coach.

  7. mjkelly77 says: Apr 3, 2013 1:10 PM

    Alright. A law school graduate who’s qualified enough to be involved in the process instead of merely reporting about it.

  8. larry321 says: Apr 3, 2013 1:24 PM

    Wow! Guy has 7 years experience as an NFL GM and he can’t get a job anywhere in the league. Says a lot about what the league thinks of him.

  9. tommyribs says: Apr 3, 2013 1:47 PM

    Mike was a good GM when he collaborated with Mangini. They actually had a darn good roster when those two guys worked in conjunction.

    Once Rex came in talent started to walk.

    Tannenbaum took a lot of the fall for Rex’s inadequacies as coach, and he handled it like a Pro.

    I also think Tannenbaum does a good job on NFL Network, and I have heard him in a few interviews a few times since he was fired, and he takes accountability and ownership. There should still be a place in the game for him. He’s a good man with principals and ownership, and he’s a sharp guy.

    The one thing I would really ding him on was the Sanchez contract, but he had a lot of good moves too.

  10. bunkslurpscrabmustard says: Apr 3, 2013 2:11 PM

    Wow, never would have guessed this guy had a law degree…ha

  11. tombradystolemyuggs says: Apr 3, 2013 2:26 PM

    He must of been really bad at cheating so they fired him.

  12. larrydavid7000 says: Apr 3, 2013 2:28 PM

    Who’s gonna hire him after he destroyed a sorry franchise to boot.

  13. CKL says: Apr 3, 2013 2:35 PM

    I wonder if all agencies’ #1 interview question is now , “Do you know how to operate a fax machine?”

  14. soxfan34110 says: Apr 3, 2013 3:22 PM

    Unfortunately for Mike Tannenbaum the agent, he won’t be negotiating contracts with Mike Tannenbaum the GM.

  15. lrjets says: Apr 3, 2013 4:41 PM

    Isn’t it endearing that the trolls come to all Jets-related articles daily and in this case worry about Mike Tannenbaum?

    Don’t worry, wish for yourselves the same financial future as Tanny.
    He’s over the Jets of 2012, shouldn’t you?

  16. lrjets says: Apr 3, 2013 4:45 PM

    larrydavid7000 says:Apr 3, 2013 2:28 PM

    Who’s gonna hire him after he destroyed a sorry franchise to boot.

    In the spirit of trying to assist you with your obvious weakness in reading comprehension, Tannenbaum, as the article states, was hired by a firm to negotiate contracts.
    And so it goes.

  17. pisano says: Apr 5, 2013 9:00 AM

    He ought to be signed as a restroom attendant, that’s about all he’d be good for, but after the eggs he laid with the Jets no other team would even sign him for that job.

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