In a statement, Johnson praised Maccagnan for his help stating, "Mike helped to execute the strategic vision of the organization during the last four seasons and especially the past few months".
The dust has barely settled after the New York Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan on Wednesday and National Football League insiders were already floating the name of a key member of the Philadelphia Eagles front office for the role.
"I will start a search for our new General Manager immediately".
"I don't know who decides to put that stuff out there", Gase said.
Only 12 of the 22 players selected in his first three years are still on New York's roster.
Maccagnan served as GM of the club since January of 2015. Maccagnan, who was hired as GM in 2015, was not relieved of his duties this past offseason when coach Todd Bowles was sacked.
Heimerdinger also worked with Maccagnan in Houston and had been with the Jets for just one season as the VP of player personnel. Instead, Maccagnan was fully involved in hiring Gase as the team's new coach.
"Very highly thought of, close with [Adam] Gase and another personnel guy on the rise that is a name to keep an eye on here", Rapoport said of Kelly, who has an incredible story of inspiring kids through his charity camps after watching his own mother battle addiction and his dad spend time in jail for dealing drugs.