Mike Tannenbaum is a former NFL Executive and current ESPN Analyst.  Throughout Tannenbaum’s nearly three-decade-long football career, he has constructed quite an impressive resume.

Tannenbaum began his career in 1994 as an intern for the New Orleans Saints. In 1995 he became a Player Personnel Assistant for the Cleveland Browns. A year later he would rejoin the New Orleans Saints after completing his Law Degree at Tulane University Law School.

Tannenbaum’s longest tenure came with his hometown New York Jets from 1997-2012. Hall of Fame head coach Bill Parcells hired him as the Director of Player Contracts in 1997. Tannenbaum developed in this role and was promoted to Director of Pro Personnel/ Assistant General Manager in 2001.

In 2006, Tannenbaum was named General Manager/ Senior Vice President of Football Operations at age 36. Tannenbaum oversaw seven drafts and led the Jets to four winning seasons during his tenure with the team. Before departing New York, Tannenbaum led the Jets to four playoff wins and orchestrated the blockbuster trade for Darrelle Revis.

After a brief break from an NFL Front office, Tannenbaum served as the Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins. Since leaving Miami, Tannenbaum has joined ESPN as an NFL Front Office Insider. Tannenbaum is a regular on shows such as, ‘Get Up’, ‘First Take’, and ‘This Just In.’ He also teaches Football Business Management: The Inner Workings of the NFL at Columbia University.

In 2019, Tannenbaum teamed up with Joe Banner and founded the NFL’s premiere think tank in The 33rd Team.

NFL Draft

2023 Senior Bowl: Stock Up, Stock Down at Day 2 Practices

MOBILE, Ala. — Rick Spielman and Mike Tannenbaum are at the Senior Bowl this week watching draft prospects take part in practices. Here are six players the two former NFL team executives thought improved their stock on Day 2, and six others whose stock took a hit: >> Official Senior Bowl Weights, Measurements Stock Up […]


Up for Debate: Should Epic Collapse Open Door for Brandon Staley’s Firing?

On Saturday night, in an AFC Wild Card matchup against the Jacksonville Jaguars, the Los Angeles Chargers had a 27-point lead late in the first half. They ended up losing, 31-30, on a walk-off field goal. It was the third-largest collapse in NFL playoff history. “This is the toughest way that you can lose in the […]


NFL Trade Deadline: Most Impactful Remaining Players

The NFL’s trade season began in earnest Thursday night when the Carolina Panthers dealt RB Christian McCaffrey to the San Francisco 49ers. While one of the biggest names rumored to be available in the build-up to the Nov. 1 trade deadline, McCaffrey is far from the only player who will be moved before that deadline […]


Ravens-Jets Takeaways: Lamar, Ravens Defense ‘Exceptional’

Editor’s note: The Baltimore Ravens defeated the New York Jets, 24-9, on Sunday. Ravens QB Lamar Jackson was 17-of-30 for 213 yards, 3 TDs and an interception, but it was a dominating performance from Baltimore’s defense that stole the show, with three sacks, an interception and a fumble recovery. Mike Tannenbaum, who called the game […]


NFL Teams to Benefit Most from Returning Injured Players

One of the most challenging obstacles in the NFL and all sports are injuries. When the “injury bug” hits a team, it often significantly hinders the club’s ability to succeed. A single injury can derail a team’s entire offseason plan and force the coaching staff to adjust on the fly. The quick adjustment alone provides […]


Meeting Room: How Coaches & Front Offices Work Together

The grind of the NFL season doesn’t end when teams walk off the field for the final time. The Process Coaches and front office members get straight back to work as soon as the final whistle blows, determining the future of the roster for the next season. Positional coaches get to work scouting out their […]


The Most Important Rookie NFL Training Camp Battles in 2022

For the first time since the Super Bowl, it finally feels like football is getting back into full swing! NFL Clubs around the country are gearing up for training camp, which usually has implications on lineup decisions. This is the calm before the storm, because the NFL Preseason goes quickly. Soon enough, games begin mattering. […]

Front Office Commentary

Why Baker Mayfield is at an Immediate Disadvantage in Carolina

Around this time of year, there will always be relatively late roster-changing acquisitions. The most recent impactful move of this type is the Panthers’ trade for former No. 1 overall pick Baker Mayfield. A quarterback switching teams this late into the offseason faces many overlooked obstacles. Mayfield has missed offseason opportunities to improve with his […]


The 49ers Want to Move Jimmy Garoppolo — But Should They?

Now that the buzz surrounding the Browns trading Baker Mayfield to the Panthers is settling, the spotlight shifts to Jimmy Garoppolo and the 49ers. Many are waiting for the other shoe to drop because San Francisco has hinted they will be moving forward with the 2021 No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance. The North Dakota […]


How Aaron Donald’s Record-Setting Deal Impacts the Market

The $30 million APY figure has historically been reserved for quarterbacks. *Enter Aaron Donald* Today, the Rams’ defensive tackle received an extension that puts him in that same category. With a restructured 3-year, $95 million deal, Donald becomes the first defensive player in the history of the NFL to enter the $30 million APY club. […]

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