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Eagles GM Search: Philadelphia to interview Lions' Sheldon White

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A new name emerges.

Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

According to NFL media's Ian Rapoport, a new name has emerged in the Eagles general manager search. Detroit Lions vice president of pro personnel Sheldon White is expected to interview for the opening in Philadelphia.

Here's White's biography as it appears on the Lions' website:

"Sheldon White is entering his 18th season with the Lions. He was promoted to Lions Vice President of Pro Personnel April 30, 2009. During his first three years in the team’s personnel department, White fulfilled a myriad of roles: in 1997 as the team’s BLESTO area scout, in 1998 as an area scout and in 1999 working in both the college and pro scouting areas before becoming director of pro personnel in 2000.

In his current capacity as Lions Vice President of Pro Personnel, White is involved in all player personnel matters and remains in constant communication with general manager Martin Mayhew, president Tom Lewand and head coach Jim Caldwell, as well as agents, the coaching staff, trainers, the media department, equipment managers, and the finance department regarding personnel transactions. He heads a team of personnel scouts that are responsible for evaluating all of the players in the National Football League, including the current Lions roster, and is also in charge of tryouts and visits for potential additional signings. White runs the free agent meetings, plays a key role in free agency and is an integral part of the draft process.  He is also involved with the negotiating process, providing detailed reports on pro and college prospects, and has negotiated high round draft choices and selected free agents. Additionally, White runs a scouting internship program for prospective scouts during training camp and is in charge of the seasonal interns. Finally, he is responsible for the Lions official daily transactions and ensures that the team is in compliance with the NFL Player Personnel rules and regulations.

White, who is 49 years old, also played in the NFL as a cornerback from 1988-1993. He was a third round pick by the New York Giants in the 1988 NFL Draft. White played college football at Miami University (Ohio).

It certainly doesn't seem like White would be under-qualified for the job. He has experience as a player, scout, and front office member.

White is the second name to come up so far in the Eagles' GM search. The first name to be mentioned was Ed Marynowitz, who is currently Philadelphia's assistant director of player personnel. Marynowitz, 30, is nearly 20 years younger than White.

It will be interesting to see who the Eagles choose. You would have to imagine Chip Kelly, who is leading this search, would like to wrap up this hire sooner than later.