GM Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles extend Jets deals
The New York Jets have extended the contracts of general manager Mike Maccagnan and coach Todd Bowles, despite the fact they will wrap up a second consecutive losing NFL season.
No official details were given on the length of the deals, but reports suggest that both have received two-year extensions through the 2020 season.
The Jets are 5-10 ahead of their season finale against the New England Patriots, and will post a .500 or worse for the sixth season out of seven.
However, Maccagnan and Bowles are to remain in New York, the team announced on Friday.
"During their time here, they have worked together to help the organisation build a foundation on which to grow," Jets CEO Christopher Johnson said via a statement.
"They are identifying, developing, and getting productivity out of our players. I believe we are headed in the right direction.
"This provides us continuity and stability as we continue to move this team towards sustained success. We still have a lot of work to do and I am excited to work closely with both of them as we move forward."
Maccagnan was hired on January 13 2015, and Bowles, in his third season, is the 16th head coach in franchise history. New York was 10-6 under Bowles in 2015, but slipped to 5-11 in 2016.
The Jets, putting a positive spin on this year's 5-10 mark entering Sunday's finale against the Patriots, noted in their news release that the team heads into the offseason "with financial flexibility and three picks in the first two rounds of the 2018 NFL Draft."
Still, the team ranks 24th in both total offense and total defense, and another offseason of roster changes - though not as sweeping as last offseason - appears to be on the cards.
Several starters, including big names such as disgruntled DE Muhammad Wilkerson and limping RB Matt Forte, are not expected back and free agency could rob the team of TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins, MLB Demario Davis and G Dakota Dozier.