The Jacksonville Jaguars need to find a new general manager in what is looked at as potentially the most important offseason in franchise history. According to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated, Terry Fontenot — the vice president/assistant general manager of pro personnel for the New Orleans Saints — has interviewed virtually with the Jaguars for the open GM role today.
Saints ass't GM Terry Fontenot's name remains a hot one—not only did he have a second interview for the Broncos GM job this morning, he interviewed (virtually) for the Jaguars GM job right after meeting with Denver.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 12, 2021
Fontenot remains a strong candidate for the Falcons GM job too.
Mike Klis of 9News in Denver also reported that Fontenot was set to interview virtually with Jacksonville today, following his in-person interview with the Denver Broncos.
Terry Fontenot’s second Zoom interview with Broncos started around 8:30 am today.— Mike Klis (@MikeKlis) January 12, 2021
George Paton arrived at Broncos headquarters for his in-person interview, second interview overall, around 11 am. Fontenot reportedly now having Zoom interview for Jaguars GM. Busy, busy. #9sports
This news shouldn’t come as a surprise, as the Jaguars requested to interview Fontenot last week. Fontenot is a hot name with many teams searching for a new general manager — he has already interviewed twice with the Broncos, and has also been connected to the opening with the Atlanta Falcons. If this is who Shad Khan wants to hire as the team’s next GM, he’ll need to move quickly. Khan has said that the team would ideally hire a new head coach and general manager at or around the same time.
Fontenot has been with the New Orleans Saints his entire career, originally getting his foot in the door with the organization as a marketing intern and working his way up. He has spent 16 full seasons with with the Saints, including six as director of pro scouting.
Prior to his promotion in New Orleans to his current role, Fontenot spent seven seasons as a pro scout for the Saints. Earlier in his career with the Saints, Fontenot held numerous roles within New Orleans’ scouting department, including as a pro scouting assistant, as well as working as an assistant in player personnel.
Whether it is with the Jaguars or not, expect Fontenot to be running the show as general manager for one team in 2021.