It was reported late on Monday evening that Chicago Bears executive Joe Douglas is a "strong candidate" to be hired as the new Eagles' personnel chief. Since then, Philadelphia reporters have chimed in to confirm the original report. The impression is that Douglas, who has an interview on Thursday, is likely going to be the guy the Eagles hire.
Basically hearing from several sources that the Eagles personnel dept. chief job is Joe Douglas' if he wants it.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) May 4, 2016
But Joe Douglas "interview" is believed to be a mere formality. Barring unlikely change he will be #Eagles head of personnel, sources said.— Jeff McLane (@Jeff_McLane) May 4, 2016
I’ve been traveling back and forth to the office and I’m a little behind on this Eagles Joe Douglas thing. Not done yet, but is happening.— Les Bowen (@LesBowen) May 4, 2016
It seems like Douglas is already lining up some potential staff members.
Also hearing from multiple sources that Douglas would bring over Ravens East Coast scout Andy Weidl for a prominent scouting position.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) May 4, 2016
Last night we noted how a lot of people had good things to say about Douglas. Geoff Mosher shared some more positive reviews today.
Received this unsolicited text from NFL personnel man. "If the Eagles get Joe Douglas that's a huge get for them." Called Joe a future GM.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) May 4, 2016
List of NFL personnel men to sing Joe Douglas' praise to me since this AM is up to three. Two of them reached out to me, not vice versa.— Geoff Mosher (@GeoffMosherNFL) May 4, 2016
The Ravens have obviously had a lot of success over the years. The Bears recently earned praise for their 2016 draft class. Those are some encouraging signs.
This offseason isn't the first time the Eagles have shown interest in Douglas. Chip Kelly reportedly wanted to hire Douglas last offseason but only in a role where he would have served under former vice president of player personnel Ed Marynowitz. If Douglas accepts a job with the Eagles, he's expected to go from being a "No. 3 or 4" guy in Chicago to the No. 2 guy (to Howie Roseman's No. 1) in Philadelphia. He'd likely take Marynowitz's old title.
If something falls through and Douglas doesn't end up being the guy, the Eagles are still reportedly interested in Steelers executive Brandon Hunt. The Eagles interviewed Hunt during their search earlier this year.