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.


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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

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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 […]


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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. […]

QB Hub

Tiering the Starting QBs in the NFL 2022

With OTAs and mandatory minicamp on the horizon, here we stack the starting QBs in the NFL into 7 different tiers from Tier 1 to Tier 7. The order within the tiers are not set, as each are all in a tier together.  These are essentially the 2022 starting NFL QB “stacks.” Tier 1: Tier […]

Training Camp

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With the start of a new season fast approaching, there will be many players who have their “breakout” season and rise to prominence within the league. There are also a lot of new faces in new places that will allow many to show discernible improvement. Here we take a look at the 5 players who […]

Training Camp

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Every year we see players have seasons that were unexpected or surprising. We also see players that did not contribute the year prior who do in the current year. This could be due to injury, production, scheme change, team make-up, depth chart, etc. Here are 5 players who could have a much bigger impact in […]


Why the Fifth-Year Option is More and More Rare

The early results on the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft are in, and it’s the latest note in an intriguing trend. With the deadline for teams to exercise the fifth-year option on first-round picks passing, we now have information on which players were deemed worthy for an additional fully guaranteed year. In all, […]


Executing a Draft Day Trade

Each year countless trades occur during the NFL Draft. Trades involving a player while a team is on the clock is a rarity, and there’s a fundamental reason for that. A trade isn’t official until the League receives exact matching calls from both clubs, so when players are involved that becomes even more complex. While […]

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