NFC team’s request to interview Philadelphia Eagles executive isn’t shocking

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We’ve reached the month of May, and the Philadelphia Eagles‘ participation in the 2021 NFL Draft has given us nine new Birds to talk about. If you think that’s all, think again though.

According to a recent report by NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport, the Carolina Panthers have requested permission to interview Philly’s assistant director of player personnel Ian Cunningham for their assistant general manager position.

The news came three days into our great nation’s fifth month, and if you’re a Birds fan, this shouldn’t come as a surprise. This is something fans and members of the media have been seeing year after year, whether that’s the Indianapolis Colts having an interest in the Eagles offensive coordinator, Philly losing their vice president of player personnel, Joe Douglas, to the New York Jets, or the Cleveland Browns making Andrew Berry, the Philadelphia Eagles’ vice president of football operations their general manager and executive vice president of football operations.

We’ve also seen Carolina hire a former Eagles scout, Pat Stewart, in 2020 after raiding the Eagles cupboard for the likes of Taylor Rajack in 2019. They even requested to interview the aforementioned Berry. Maybe Eagles Chairman and CEO Jeffrey Lurie was right. Maybe the Birds do have five people in our organization that he can “project that will be general managers in this league”.

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Cunningham earned a promotion to the assistant director of player personnel chair for the Philadelphia Eagles during the 2019 offseason. He was originallyhired by the franchise to serve as the team’s director of college scouting during the 2017 offseason.

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It appears that the Panthers are also considering bringing one of their own back home. Dan Morgan was a mainstay at linebacker for this team from 2001 to 2007. Currently, he’s the Buffalo Bills’ director of player personnel. He appears to be Cunningham’s biggest obstacle to adding a new gig in Charlotte.

We’ll have to wait and see what happens on that front. Even if this opportunity doesn’t work out for Cunningham, he’ll earn another. It’s only a matter of time.