Eagles in Danger of Losing Critical Front Office Member

Maybe the Eagles are in danger of losing more than just their assistant coaches. 

According to John McClain of the Houston Chronicle, Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas is one of the people the Texans are interested in for their open general manager position. 

Douglas is one of six names McClain has on their list. 

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Douglas is under contract and the Eagles will likely do everything they can to block the Texans, but it becomes tougher because the Texans' new GM will have "full authority over personnel." 

The Eagles hired Douglas in May of 2016 to take over the personnel department. When Jeff Lurie put Howie Roseman back into power, one of the conditions was that he find a top-notch personnel man. That man was Douglas. As far as we know, the two have been able to work well together. 

Douglas brought Andy Weidl with him and made Weidl the assistant director of player personnel as he revamped the scouting department.

A longtime member of the Ravens' front office, Douglas spent a short time in Chicago before taking the job with the Eagles. He was thought to have a huge role in the draft and his influence has been felt with other moves too. His fingerprints have been all over some major moves, like trading for Tim Jernigan, signing Alshon Jeffery and drafting Derek Barnett and others. 

The Eagles have taken over Douglas' scouting philosophy, so losing him would be a huge blow. They need to do everything they can to keep him happy. 

The Texans have an opening at GM because former GM Rick Smith is taking a year-long leave of absence to help care for his wife Tiffany, who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Houston plans to move swiftly to fill the position.

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