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Eagles won’t be losing Joe Douglas to the Texans, report says

Encouraging news.

NFL: DEC 31 Cowboys at Eagles

The Houston Texans will not be hiring Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas as their next general manager.

Instead, the organization plans to hire Bills executive Brian Gaine, according to NFL insider Ian Rapoport. Gaine spent time in Houston’s front office from 2014 to 2016.

The Texans were reportedly interested in Douglas for their vacancy. They requested an interview with the Eagles executive but Philadelphia blocked it from taking place. The Eagles had the right to block it since their season is still going on. Had the Texans waited until if/when the Eagles are eliminated from the playoffs, they would’ve been able to meet with Douglas.

While there’s still time for things to change, it seems like Douglas is a safe bet to return to Philadelphia in 2018. He hasn’t been connected to any other openings around the league. And most of them have been filled at this point anyway.

Douglas is a valued member of the Eagles’ organization. It’s not always clear what he is/isn’t responsible for when it comes to personnel moves, but we do know he’s the one who sets Philly’s draft board. The Eagles have also acquired a number of players with ties to Douglas since he’s arrived in Philadelphia. Several examples include: Tim Jernigan, Alshon Jeffery, Torrey Smith, Dannell Ellerbe, and Corey Graham.

Good to know Douglas is likely sticking around.