Per Jason LaCanfora:
Jets are expected to hire former Cardinals GM Rod Graves to join their front office staff— Jason La Canfora (@JasonLaCanfora) May 15, 2013
As Brian Costello and Manish Mehta have noted, GM John Idzik and Graves have known each other for a long time, working together while Idzik was with the Cardinals. In fact, they go back even longer than that, according to Costello.
It's unclear what Rod Graves' title will be in Jets front office. However, this move makes sense 4 Idzik. Discussions heated up last wk #nyj— Manish Mehta(@MMehtaNYDN) May 15, 2013
As a former general manager, Graves has extensive experience with contract negotiations, salary cap management, and overseeing both the college and professional scouting departments, among other duties. Before serving as general manager, Graves was notably in charge of the Cardinals' scouting department. Most likely, he'll replace Scott Cohen as the new Assistant GM.
It should probably also be noted that:
Also, on the Jets' reworking of the personnel department, it doesn'tsound like Idzik will take many, if any, folks from the Seahawks.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) May 15, 2013
Let's hope this isn't just a case of favoritism for an old buddy and Graves actually deserves the job. He may just be a case study in the Peter Principle at work, and will succeed at a lower level.
John Idzik was Rod Graves' assistant GM in Arizona. Now Graves will work under Idzik in the Jets' front office.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) May 15, 2013