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Jets' Mike Tannenbaum goes from GM to agent

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum watched pre-game warm-ups.

Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum watched pre-game warm-ups. (Sept. 1, 2011) Credit: John Dunn

Former Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum soon will be negotiating contracts again.

Tannenbaum -- fired in January after a 6-10 season -- has been hired by Chicago-based Priority Sports & Entertainment as an agent to head its new coaches, front office and broadcasters division. He will work out of New York, overseeing contracts and representation for pro and college football and basketball coaches.

"I'm really excited about this opportunity and working with great people,'' Tannenbaum said Wednesday in a phone interview with Newsday. "I think I can bring a unique perspective, having been involved with three different head-coaching searches.''

In seven years as the Jets' GM, Tannenbaum drafted Darrelle Revis, D'Brickashaw Ferguson and Nick Mangold. With a first-time coach (Rex Ryan) and rookie quarterback (Mark Sanchez), the Jets reached the 2009 AFC title game and did it again in 2010. But the Jets missed the playoffs the next two seasons. Tannenbaum's decision to give Sanchez a three-year extension, with an $8.25-million guarantee for 2013, and trade for the seldom-used Tim Tebow sealed his fate. After being fired, Tannenbaum resurfaced as an NFL Network analyst.

Priority Sports CEO Mark Bartelstein has negotiated player contracts with Tannenbaum. In a company-issued release, Bartelstein called Tannenbaum's hiring "an absolute home run for our company and our clients.''

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