Atlanta Falcons: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers granted GM Rich McKay permission to speak to other teams, according to the Tampa Tribune. A high-ranking league told the Tribune that the Glazer family will not seek compensation, although McKay signed a six-year contract on Feb. 21, 2002. The decision came only one day after owner Arthur Blank fired head coach Dan Reeves. The Falcons interviewed McKay for their still vacant GM position last summer, and he is likely headed there now that he has been cleared to seek employment elsewhere. Should McKay take the job, he would have input in hiring the new head coach.
New York Jets: Now that any possible playoff push is impossible, the club opened contract talks with four prospective restricted free agents: RT Kareem McKenzie, LB Jason Glenn, NT James Reed and CB Jamie Henderson, according to the New York Daily News. The Jets would like to retain all four, but the priority is McKenzie. However, if McKenzie is re-signed by the start of free agency, the Jets will place a first-round tender on him, similar to what they did with WR Laveranues Coles last year. However, the Jets hope negotiations with McKenzie go much smoother.
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