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Eagles expected to hire new personnel chief, per report

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Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia Eagles might not hire a "general manager," as Jeffrey Lurie said, but the team is expected to hire a new personnel chief, according to multiple reports. ESPN's Chris Mortensen had it first:

Now begins a search for a new coach and a new general manager, or it very could well be a director of player personnel who evolves into the GM. Howie Roseman, who was ingloriously pushed aside to formally give Kelly the control he desired a year who, will remain as the vice president of football operations. But, as of now, Roseman will not be the general manager again. Tom Donahoe has been promoted to head the personnel department but he has no desire to serve as the GM at this stage of life. The search has begun for a new personnel director and a new coach.

Several other NFL insiders have since clarified ESPN's report.

So it sounds like Donahoe is just a placeholder until the Eagles hire someone new to take his place soon. It also sounds like Philadelphia's new personnel chief will work closely with former general manager Howie Roseman.

This might be a good sign for the Eagles because a Roseman and Donahoe combination isn't very inspiring. It depends who the Eagles hire, though. There is some speculation that it might be former Philadelphia executive and current Colts general manager Ryan Grigson:

A combination of Roseman and Grigson is even less inspiring than Roseman and Donahoe working together. Grigson has not had a lot of success in Indianapolis. Drafting Andrew Luck at No. 1 was a no-brainer. Trading for Vontae Davis and drafting T.Y. Hilton might be the only other good moves he's made. Don't forget that Grigson was the guy who traded a first round pick for Trent Richardson.

The Eagles need more talent. In order to acquire more talent, they need a better personnel department. They really need to get this hire right.