It was a rather ugly Black Monday this past New Year’s Eve, and Mike Tannenbaum was one of the casualties.
The now-former New York Jets general manager is currently in the news cycle taking full responsibility for one of his final actions in Gang Green’s front office – the ill-fated trade for quarterback Tim Tebow.
But it might not be the last you hear from him – at least in sports media, anyway.
On his Wednesday afternoon program, noted TSA grope victim Mike “Police Escort Denyer” Francesa disclosed that Tannenbaum is all but set to bring his general manager knowledge to television. “I heard that he may be going to the NFL Network,” Francesa said on his WFAN/YES Network show.
Given the source is Francesa, one may want to take it at face value. But indeed, NFL Network does have a seat in their “Front Office View” vacant, now that Michael Lombardi has agreed to join the Cleveland Browns as their new vice president of player personnel.
Currently, NFLN has one resident general manager in Charley Casserly, who had previous experience with the Washington Redskins and Houston Texans, both of whom made the playoffs this past season (Casserly was also the previous NFL insider for CBS before joining NFLN). But I’m sure NFLN would like to have two GM’s to call on and rotate between editions of their daily programs like “NFL Total Access.”
Tannenbaum wouldn’t be the first Jets non-player to make the move to broadcasting. Former head coach Herman “You Play To Win The Game” Edwards joined ESPN in 2009 after following up his Jets tenure (2001-05) with three seasons coaching the Kansas City Chiefs. Edwards’ replacement, Eric Mangini, eventually joined Edwards at the Worldwide Leader after following up his three years on the Jets sidelines in the same position with the Browns – but not before ESPN analysts were a bit too excited to hear the Browns relieved Mangini of his duties.
Meanwhile, we did some searching on NFL.com, and noticed that a July 2010 Tannenbaum interview on “Total Access” comes up as a search result – but appears to have been removed from their website.