Raven' Kokinis linked to Jets

OWINGS MILLS -- Baltimore Ravens director of pro personnel George Kokinis is reportedly leaving the organization to run the New York Jets' scouting department where he'll work in tandem with longtime friend and new Jets head coach Eric Mangini.

The NFL Network reported Tuesday that Kokinis will be leaving the Ravens after 15 seasons to help overhaul the Jets.

Jets spokesman Ron Colangelo didn't confirm or deny the report Tuesday night. Ravens spokesman Kevin Byrne said he wasn't aware of the report or any news regarding Kokinis. Kokinis didn't return telephone calls at his office and home.

Based on professional and personal connections, it makes sense that Kokinis has been linked to the Jets. He has been good friends with Mangini -- a former Cleveland Browns and Ravens assistant -- for several years. Both grew up in Connecticut and got their start in the NFL in Cleveland under New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

With Mike Tannenbaum's promotion to Jets general manager Tuesday and Terry Bradway stepping aside into a "consultant" role, it leaves a scouting void in New York. Tannebaum has a law degree from Tulane and is regarded as a salary-cap expert, but doesn't have a track record in player evaluation.

Like Mangini and Kokinis, Tannenbaum broke into the league under Belichick in Cleveland. He was a player personnel assistant.

With Mangini, 35, Tannenbaum, 36, and Kokinis, 38, the Jets would feature the youngest power structure in NFL history.

Kokinis has assisted general manager Ozzie Newsome in signing several high-profile players over the years, including wide receiver Derrick Mason and cornerback Samari Rolle last spring.

If Kokinis leaves after three years in charge of pro personnel after James Harris' departure to the Jacksonville Jaguars, it's believed that Ravens assistant director of pro personnel Vince Newsome would be a strong candidate to replace him.

 

In addition to being a long time contributor to RavensInsider, Aaron Wilson writes for the Carroll County Times in Westminster Maryland.

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