Buffalo Bills assistant general manager Joe Schoen was hired as GM of the New York Giants on Friday.
The Giants informed finalists Friday morning that a deal was close with Schoen, who is the first general manager for the franchise hired outside the organization since Ernie Accorsi in 1998.
"We are pleased and proud to name Joe as our general manager," Giants president John Mara said. "Throughout our search, Joe impressed us with his ability to communicate a progressive and comprehensive vision for our team. His philosophy and collaborative approach to building a roster and coaching staff align with what we were looking for in a general manager."
Schoen, the first to interview for the vacancy Jan. 12, won over Mara, chairman Steve Tisch and senior vice president of player personnel Chris Mara. Their second interview took place at team headquarters on Tuesday.
"Joe is the kind of exceptional leader we sought to oversee our football operations," Tisch said. "We will do whatever it takes to support Joe's vision and strategic plan for success. We are excited to begin this next chapter with Joe as our general manager."
Schoen has 20 years of scouting and executive experience in the NFL, including the last five with the Bills. Before joining Buffalo in 2017 he spent most of the previous decade with the Miami Dolphins, including four years as the director of player personnel.
Schoen, 42, also worked with the Carolina Panthers (2001-07) under current Bills general manager Brandon Beane.
"It is an honor to accept the position of general manager of the New York Giants," Schoen said. "I want to thank John Mara and Steve Tisch and their families for this tremendous opportunity. And obviously I am grateful to Brandon and the Bills for the experience I have had in Buffalo.
"Now, the work begins. My immediate focus is to hire a head coach, with who I will work in lockstep with to create a collaborative environment for our football operations. We will cast a wide net, it can be former head coaches, first-time head coaches but, more importantly, it has to be a person who possesses the ability to lead an organization and the ability to motivate and develop players.
"On the personnel side, we will begin to evaluate our roster and prepare for the draft and free agency. Our goal is to build a roster that will be competitive, have depth, and most importantly, win football games."
Interviews for the head-coaching position are ongoing, with Dallas Cowboys defensive coordinator Dan Quinn recently added to the list.
The Giants fired head coach Joe Judge after two seasons, including a 4-13 finish in 2021. General manager Dave Gettleman retired after the season.
--Field Level Media