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Is Howie Roseman in line to be the next Eagles GM?

With Tom Heckert's impending departure to Cleveland, the Eagles have a vacancy at general manager and in the past several years the Eagles haven't seemed to look outside of the organization to fill their front office jobs. They've mostly promoted from within and it would seem to be likely that they'd do that again. Plus, there probably won't be a line of a great, proven GMs out there wanting to come work here without final say. In the end, Andy Reid is the de facto GM of this team and whoever gets that title will report to him.

The most obvious internal candidate seems to be VP of player personnel Howie Roseman. Roseman was elevated to the job in 2008, ironically on the same day Tom Heckert signed a contract extension. He joined the Eagles organization in 2000 as a staff counsel and cap specialist & three years later he was promoted to director of football administration. Since that time, lists his responsibilities as "managing the college scouting staff, organizing and running draft meetings, and scouting top prospects around the country." He also worked "closely" with Heckert on scouting players around the league as well as working with Joe Banner on contract and cap stuff.

Andy Reid had this to say about Roseman in 2008.

"Tom has also done a great job nurturing and incorporating Howie's talent into the personnel side of the organization. Howie has demonstrated a sharp eye for talent evaluation along with a knack for creative draft and free agent strategies. "

The interesting thing about Roseman is that he's not a traditional "football guy." He's a lawyer. Of course, he has worked in the personnel department of a successful NFL franchise for the past 10 years so it's not as if he wouldn't be qualified to be a GM simply because he doesn't have a "jock" background. Still, when you take a look around the NFL at GMs very few if any went to law school(Mike Tannenbaum of the Jets did I think). Most worked their way up through college and/or pro scouting ranks. Certainly Roseman hasn't taken that path. He would appear to be more like the kind of guys who have been becoming the general managers of baseball teams over the past few years. Guys that have analytical and stats backgrounds moreso than the "jock" types who have played or grown up in the game.

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