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.


Evaluating the Evaluators: An Opportunity to Find Productive Players

When a new head coach and/or GM is hired to an NFL team, one of their first responsibilities is assessing the roster they’ve been given. Going position by position, they must decide which players and contracts can provide the immediate impact or have the development potential to one day contribute to the team. Furthermore, many […]

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Why Now Was The Right Time For Tom Brady to Unretire

“I’m coming back for my 23rd season in Tampa. Unfinished business LFG.”  When the ball is kicked off for the start of the 2022 regular season, Tom Brady will become the first QB in NFL history to start at 45 years old. He continues to defy logic and age as he seeks his eighth Lombardi […]


Another Star Edge Rusher In LA; Analyzing the Khalil Mack Trade

The AFC West continues to make headlines. This time, the Chargers are in the center of the news cycle after trading for veteran edge rusher Khalil Mack.  Mack, a six-time pro bowler and former DPOY, missed the final 10 games of the 2021 season with a foot injury that required surgery in November. Over his […]

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Let’s Pump The Brakes on Travon Walker

After the combine, there are many names floating around as potential risers in the draft process. Nobody will be discussed more than the Georgia DE Travon Walker. Walker is one of a handful of Combine players who has a chance to significantly rise after measuring in at: 6050 272 pounds 35.5” arm 84.25” wing 4.51 […]

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The Pros and Cons of Extending Kyler Murray

On Monday morning, Kyler Murray’s agent, Erik Burkhardt, released a statement on social media discussing the contract extension proposal they sent to the Cardinals. According to Burkhardt, the proposal “provides financial protection in line with the current QB market” and lowers Murray’s cap hits for the next two seasons. Clearly, Murray wants an extension and […]

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Tannenbaum: The Top 5 Best Free Agency Fits

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How To Get Under The Cap

As the offseason begins and the first day of the 2022 league year on March 16th approaches, much attention will be given to the teams that are projected to be over the $208.2M salary cap. Currently, there are twelve such teams with the Saints and Packers in the most precarious situations. In terms of effective […]

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Onto The Next: Why Right Now Is A Crucial Time In NFL Team Building

While there was no on-field action this week, this is a very significant week for clubs as they prepare for the upcoming League Year to begin. Teams are assembling their offseason plan during the month of February and it’s tightened up as the Franchise Window opens on Tuesday, Feb. 22. Specifically, teams are looking at […]


Mike Tannenbaum’s Super Bowl Takeaways

The Los Angeles Rams are now the Super Bowl Champions with a 23-20 win over the Bengals. Matthew Stafford, the major acquisition this offseason, has won his first Super Bowl along with Aaron Donald, Odell Beckham Jr., Eric Weddle, Jalen Ramsey and Super Bowl MVP Cooper Kupp. Like all games, the Super Bowl comes down […]

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