The Jacksonville Jaguars are in need of a new general manager after parting ways with Dave Caldwell in late November. The Jaguars have already been linked to several candidates, but a new name has emerged, as Jacksonville has requested to interview Terry Fontenot, the vice president/assistant general manager of pro personnel for the New Orleans Saints, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.
Source: The Jaguars put in a request to interview Saints VP/assistant GM of pro personnel Terry Fontenot. Jacksonville's the third team to put in for New Orleans' rising star.— Albert Breer (@AlbertBreer) January 4, 2021
He set to interview with Detroit tomorrow and Atlanta on Wednesday.
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. Now in his 16th full season in the Big Easy, and sixth as director of pro scouting, Fontenot now has the potential opportunity to run his own team in 2021.
According to neworleanssaints.com, Fontenot has many duties with the Saints:
“His responsibilities in managing the pro personnel department include recommending player acquisitions by evaluating players from all professional leagues, including the Saints roster, monitoring the waiver wire and supervising the advance scouting of upcoming opponents.”
Prior to his promotion in New Orleans to his current role, Fontenot spent seven seasons as a pro scout for the Saints, where he would evaluate current professional players and prepare the team for acquisitions through free agency or the waiver wire. He would also assist with the Saints’ draft preparation and help out with advanced scouting for weekly opponents.
Earlier in his career with the Saints, Fontenot held various roles within the team’s scouting department, including as a pro scouting assistant, as well as working as an assistant in player personnel.
In 2012, Fontenot was selected by the Saints to attend the Stanford Business School’s Executive Education NFL-Stanford Program for Managers, “an education program and honor known across the league as an important training ground for promising executives.”
Fontenot played college football at Tulane University, where he was a four-year letter-winner and spent one season as a captain for the Green Wave.