"This morning, I informed Mike that he was being relieved of his duties as general manager of the team, effective immediately", Johnson said in the statement.
Whether he had a dispute with Gase or not, the move to fire Maccagnan (who still had two years on his contract) took many by surprise considering he signed several highly coveted free agents this off-season, including Bell and CJ Moseley, and conducted a draft in which the Jets had the third overall pick.
In a statement, chairman Christopher Johnson said he came to the decision "after much thought and a careful assessment of what would be in the best long-term interests of the New York Jets". There were some rumors, however, that there was tension between Maccagnan and Gase - which both denied.
The Jets also fired vice president of player personnel Brian Heimerdinger, sources tell ESPN's Adam Schefter and Jeff Darlington. For what it's worth, Gase later downplayed the reports. We have discussion on everything. The Jets replaced the decision-making duo with head coach Adam Gase, naming the recently hired head man the interim GM. Instead, Maccagnan was fully involved in hiring Gase as the team's new coach.
NY hired Gase, who had just been fired by the Miami Dolphins, to replace Bowles, and also signed free agent running back Le'Veon Bell to a four-year contract. The Jets also added wide receiver Jamison Crowder from the Washington Redskins and trade for offensive lineman Kelechi Osemele from the Oakland Raiders.
Only 12 of the 22 players selected in his first three years are still on New York's roster.
One day after the Knicks missed out on winning the National Basketball Association draft lottery, the Jets reminded the sports world why they continue to be a laughingstock of the NFL.
The Jets might turn their attention to Eagles executive Joe Douglas, who worked with Gase in Chicago, in their search for a new general manager.
Gase, the former Bears offensive coordinator, was sacked as head coach of the Dolphins on December 31 after two seasons in Miami.