When the New York Giants fired general manager Jerry Reese late last season, many expected him to land on his feet in short order. Thus far, that has not happened, but it’s not necessarily due to a lack of interest.
ESPN reports that the Oakland Raiders requested to interview Reese in the aftermath of firing Reggie McKenzie, but he declined the request.
As the Oakland Raiders begin reaching out to general manager candidates, not everyone has been receptive.
Former New York Giants GM Jerry Reese turned down the Raiders’ request to interview for their vacant GM job, league sources tell ESPN.
Reese allegedly rebuffed the offer because of a lingering concern that Jon Gruden, who was given a 10-year contract, carries all of the power in Oakland and that the general manager position is nothing more than a mere title.
Reese initially joined the Giants as a college scout in 1994 and served in that role until 1997 when he was promoted to pro scout. In 2004, he was promoted to director of player personnel until he took over as general manager in 2007.
In his nearly 11 years as Giants’ general manager, Reese won two Super Bowl titles and was responsible for the drafting of superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. However, beyond that, his draft results lacked legitimate long-term quality and the team is currently suffering as a result of that.