Jets in no rush to select a GM

Woody Johnson watches Jets players warm up prior

Woody Johnson watches Jets players warm up prior to a game against the Miami Dolphins. (Sept. 23, 2012) (Credit: Getty Images)

The Jets' search for a general manager has reached Day 16, and it's still unclear what the team is seeking in Mike Tannenbaum's replacement.

A wave of second interviews reportedly took place Tuesday, as owner Woody Johnson, team president Neil Glat and Korn/Ferry executive Jed Hughes met with Seahawks vice president of football administration John Idzik, Steelers executive Omar Khan, Russ Ball of the Packers, in-house and assistant GM Scott Cohen.

The Jets' search for a new GM can end any day now or, potentially, as late as the Super Bowl, according to a league source. Johnson, however, didn't give any indication as to when he'd be ready to call off his search.

"As they say, 'When the process is over, it's over,' " he said recently. "We'll keep looking until we find somebody that we're comfortable with that fits our vision of where we want to take this team."

Regardless of whom is chosen, one thing is certain: He'll be forced to tackle several issues in his first year. Aside from inheriting a coach he didn't handpick, the new GM will have to sort out their murky salary-cap situation, free up funds for potential free agents and determine what to do with quarterbacks Mark Sanchez and Tim Tebow.

In the past two weeks, the Jets have gone from targeting football people with strong personnel backgrounds (Tom Gamble, Dave Caldwell and Marc Ross, who took his name out Tuesday), to salary-cap specialists.

According to ESPN, former Broncos GM Ted Sundquist was "particularly impressive" in his interview Thursday and could be a "sleeper candidate."

Stanford OC to interview

Stanford offensive coordinator Pep Hamilton was scheduled to interview for Tony Sparano's old job, according to CBS Sports. Hamilton, who is reportedly being considered for two other NFL jobs, spent the past two seasons as the Cardinals' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.

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