According to a report by the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Jeff McLane, Eagles general manager Howie Roseman was given a “4-to-5 year contract extension” in June when Joe Banner stepped down as team president.
Why is this significant? For two reasons. One is that it suggests that, like Birds 24/7′s Sheil Kapadia suggested, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie views Howie Roseman’s performance separately from Andy Reid’s. This would suggest that Lurie might see a disconnect between the talent on the roster and the play on the field right now, and he would entertain a coaching change more than a roster overhaul. The other reason is that the extension virtually guarantees that Roseman will stay with the team after this season even if Andy Reid is fired. Lurie isn’t going to fire Roseman with 3 or 4 years left on his contract. Roseman also would likely be part of the group evaluating candidates to be the Eagles’ next head coach. This could deter potential coaching candidates like Sean Payton, Jon Gruden, and Bill Cowher from coming to Philadelphia because they wouldn’t have full control of both the team and the roster like they would if the GM position was vacant. We’ll keep monitoring this situation as the disappointing Eagles season continues.