FLORHAM PARK, N.J. - The Jets announced Saturday that they have promoted longtime executive Jacqueline Davidson to director of football administration.

Davidson, who is African-American, now is one of the highest-ranking women in an NFL front office.

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Davidson -- the team's lead negotiator of player contracts -- will be responsible for managing the team's salary cap and player budget, along with forecasting salary-cap trends in the NFL and ensuring that the Jets are compliant with the NFL collective-bargaining agreement.

"Jackie has served as an integral part of our football administration efforts under Rod Graves this offseason," general manager Mike Maccagnan said of Davidson, now in her ninth season with the organization. "She's bright and talented and she has earned this opportunity."

Davidson first worked with the NFL in 2004 as a legal intern with the NFL management council. Before joining the Jets, she worked as staff attorney for the U.S. District Court in Alabama.

Davidson earned her juris doctorate from Cornell in 2005 and her bachelor of arts in economics from Davidson in 2002. She also is a member of the New York State Bar.