M-E-S-S: Jets fire GM Maccagnan; Gase acting GM

NEW YORK (AP) — Mike Maccagnan helped lead the Jets’ coaching search this offseason, spent big money in free agency and oversaw the team’s draft.

Now, stunningly, he’s out as New York’s general manager.

Team chairman and CEO Christopher Johnson announced the decision to fire Maccagnan in a statement posted Wednesday on the team’s Twitter account.

“It was a decision that evolved,” Johnson said during a conference call a few hours after the announcement. “And it took a while and maybe I was slow with that decision, but I finally came to it in the last few days.”

Coach Adam Gase will serve as the acting general manager while the Jets search for a replacement. He wasted no time in his new role, trading linebacker Darron Lee to Kansas City for a sixth-round draft pick, pending a physical, according to two people with direct knowledge of the deal. The people spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because neither team had announced the move late Wednesday night.

ESPN reported that Brian Heimerdinger, the Jets’ vice president of player personnel, also was fired.

Maccagnan had long been on the hot seat, so the move itself isn’t necessarily a shocker. The timing, however, is…

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