Douglas Set to Take Eagles’ Personnel Job
PHILADELPHIA (973espn.com) — The job was Joe Douglas' for the taking.
And the Ozzie Newsome protege has decided he will play second fiddle to Howie Roseman on the Eagles' football operations side.
Douglas is expected to be announced as Philadelphia's new personnel chief on Monday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Douglas will oversee both the pro and college scouting departments and report to Roseman, the Eagles' executive VP of football operations and de facto general manager.
Douglas was hired by Bears GM Ryan Pace last May to head the college scouting department in the Windy City after he spent 15 years in the Ravens organization under the highly-regarded Newsome. In Baltimore Douglas was given a lot of credit for pushing for Joe Flacco.
Semantics aside Chicago could have blocked the Eagles from interviewing Douglas because he will not be getting the GM tag but Pace decided to give his protege the opportunity to move from the third or fourth man on the flow chart with the Bears to No. 2 here in Philly.
The Eagles interviewed a few candidates earlier this year for the position including Steelers pro personnel coordinator Brandon Hunt and NFL Network analyst Daniel Jeremiah, a former Eagles scout, but suspended the search until after the draft in order to be able to fish from a wider school of talent.
That’s because contracts of most NFL personnel people usually expire in May after the draft.
Douglas interviewed for the position last Thursday and two NFL sources confirmed to 973espn.com that it was his job if he wanted it.
Roseman's history of not playing well with others was presumably the lone hurdle in getting Douglas to agree to come to Philadelphia.
-John McMullen covers the Eagles and the NFL for 973ESPN.com. You can reach him at email@example.com or on Twitter @JFMcMullen