Mike Tannenbaum joined ESPN as an NFL Front Office Insider in April 2019. A former NFL executive with more than two decades of experience in team front offices, he now appears on a variety of ESPN platforms, including NFL Live, SportsCenter, First Take and Get Up. Mike has also contributed to ESPN’s coverage of the NFL Draft since 2019, serving as an analyst on ESPN Radio.
Prior to ESPN, Mike worked for several NFL franchises, most notably as Executive Vice President of Football Operations for the Miami Dolphins (2015-18), and Executive Vice President and General Manager for the New York Jets (2006-12). Under Mike’s leadership, the Dolphins made the playoffs in 2016 for the first time in eight seasons, and the Jets advanced to the playoffs in three seasons, won four playoff games and made two AFC Championship game appearances. Mike’s tenure as General Manager of the Jets marked the most successful seven-year period in franchise history.
Between executive roles with the Jets and Dolphins, Mike represented head coaches Steve Kerr (Golden State Warriors), David Blatt (then with the Cleveland Cavaliers) and others serving as an agent and principal at Priority Sports and Entertainment from 2013-14.
Mike began his NFL career as an intern for the New Orleans Saints in 1994. He went on to the Cleveland Browns as a player personnel assistant in 1995, then returned to the Saints for the 1996 season.
In 1997, then-New York Jets head coach Bill Parcells, now a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, hired Mike as Director of Player Contracts, launching his 16-year career with the team. From there, Mike advanced to Director of Pro Player Development/Player Contracts in 2000, Assistant General Manager/Director of Pro Personnel in 2001 and then General Manager/Senior Vice President of Football Operations in 2006.
Mike graduated from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst with a degree in accounting and then, while working for the Saints, earned his certificate in sports law, graduating cum laude from Tulane University Law School.
Tulane University Law School, Juris Doctor
University of Massachusetts Amherst, Bachelor of Science