A name has finally emerged in the Philadelphia Eagles' search for a new player personnel executive. Steelers president Art Rooney II met with Pittsburgh media at the Senior Bowl on Thursday afternoon and revealed that Philadelphia has been granted permission to interview Steelers pro personnel coordinator Brandon Hunt.
Hunt was first hired by the Steelers in 2010. He's held the same position ever since. Here's a brief background via Steelers.com:
Hunt may have been born in Los Angeles, but he still qualifies as a "Pittsburgh guy." He attended high school at Pine-Richland, located about a 30-minute drive north of Heinz Field, and he attended college at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, which is located less than 50 miles to the east of the city.
Hunt’s professional career began as a graduate assistant at IUP in 2004, and after a year there he was hired by the Steelers to work in their player personnel department, headed by Director of Football Operations Kevin Colbert.
During his first stint with the Steelers during the 2005 and 2006 NFL seasons, Hunt assisted with both the college and pro scouting, and he was on board when the team won Super Bowl XL to give the franchise its fifth Lombardi Trophy.
When his internship concluded in the spring of 2007, Hunt quickly was hired by the Houston Texans. He started there in June 2007 and served as a pro scout for the team until being hired by the Steelers as their new Pro Scouting Coordinator.
For more on Hunt, check out this interview from the Steelers' website.
The Steelers have obviously had success in recent years so it doesn't seem like a terrible idea to add someone from their personnel staff.
As noted earlier on Thursday, the Eagles are expected to hire their new player personnel executive relatively soon.
UPDATE: Some more details via Geoff Mosher.
#Eagles looking at Steelers FO for personnel dir. makes sense. I'm told Tom Donahoe, former Steelers GM, having big impact on search.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) January 28, 2016
Source familiar with situation told me #Eagles brass and Brandon Hunt had first meeting already Wednesday. Could have another one soon.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) January 28, 2016
Brandon Hunt met with Howie and Jeff on Wednesday. I'm told he'll meet with Donahoe on Friday.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) January 28, 2016