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Mike Tannenbaum joins agency

Former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum, who was fired after the team's 6-10 season, has jumped to the other side of the bargaining table.

Tannenbaum was hired by Priority Sports & Entertainment, the agency announced Wednesday. He will be the president of the firm's newly formed coaches, front office and broadcasters division.

Priority Sports is based in Chicago, but Tannenbaum will work out of a New York office, overseeing contract negotiations and representation for football and basketball coaches on the pro and college levels.

It's convenient for Tannenbaum, who has maintained a home in New Jersey.

"It's a really unique opportunity, and I'll be working with good people," he said in a phone interview. "I'm hoping to bring a different perspective to the job. Nobody knows better than me the ups and downs of running a team, and I think I'll be able to share those experiences in my new role."

Tannenbaum, who worked recently as a guest analyst for the NFL Network, said he considered broadcasting for his next move. But, in his new job, he said he can apply some of his experiences as a GM.

"I went through three head-coaching searches," he said, "so that gives me a unique perspective."

In his new role, he will work closely with Priority Sports CEO Mark Bartelstein, with whom he negotiated many player contracts over the years.

"For us to be able to add an executive of the caliber of Mike Tannenbaum is an absolute home run for our company and our clients," Bartelstein said.

Tannenbaum, who had two years remaining on his Jets contract, served as the GM for seven years. The Jets reached the playoffs three times under Tannenbaum, making it to the AFC Championship Game in 2009 and 2010.

It fell apart last season. Tannenbaum was heavily criticized for personnel decisions, namely the ill-fated Tim Tebow trade. His decision to extend the contract of quarterback Mark Sanchez also backfired, handcuffing the team this season because of an $8.25 million guarantee.