Jets GM Mike Maccagnan makes his first front office hire

The New York Jets created a new position for Brian Heimerdinger -- director of player personnel.

On Tuesday, Heimerdinger was officially named to general manager Mike Maccagnan's staff. The hiring was reported last week, but there was some question as to what title he'd be given. And now we know.

At 28, Heimerdinger is younger than some of the players on the Jets' roster. He's relatively inexperienced for a front office position (only five years in the NFL), but he has an excellent reputation and he knows Maccagnan from their days with the Houston Texans. Heimerdinger was a scouting intern while Maccagnan worked in the Texans' scouting department.

Heimerdinger spent the past three seasons with the St. Louis Rams. He was a personnel analyst, evaluating pro and college players. His job was to evaluate the players on nine NFL rosters, along with cross checking on quarterbacks, wide receivers and tight ends in free agency. He also served as the Rams' college scout for the Southwest, also cross checking on wide receivers. That's his area of expertise, as he played receiver for Colorado State and Northern Colorado.

He's the son of the late Mike Heimerdinger, a longtime offensive coordinator who died of cancer in 2011 at the age of 58. He was the Jets' offensive coordinator in 2005.

This was Maccagnan's first addition to the front office. Previously, he fired the Jets' top college scouts, Terry Bradway and Jeff Bauer. He's also expected to hire Chicago Bears scout Rex Hogan as the director of college scouting.