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Texans interested in Eagles executive Joe Douglas for general manager job, report says

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The Houston Texans are interested in Philadelphia Eagles vice president of player personnel Joe Douglas for their general manager vacancy, according to a report from John McClain of the Houston Chronicle.

Houston has a vacancy at the position since current Texans executive vice president of football operations and general manager Rick Smith is taking an extended leave of absence as his wife battles cancer.

It’s not a surprise to see Douglas linked to a general manager opening. Previous reports indicate he’s viewed as one of the top GM candidates in the NFL. The Eagles have gone 20-12 since Douglas was hired in May 2016. Douglas obviously deserves credit for some of that success He’s the one who sets the Eagles’ draft board, although EVP of football operations Howie Roseman has final say on all personnel moves.

Losing Douglas wouldn’t be ideal for the Eagles. He’s thought to be the “football guy” complement to Roseman’s strengths of handling contracts/trades/etc. The two seem like a good pairing.

Given the potential temporary nature of the opportunity, the feeling here is that the Texans job might not be enticing enough for Douglas to leave. It’s at least possible Smith returns at some point.

The Eagles can encourage Douglas to stay in Philadelphia by giving him a raise. Given his importance to the organization, it’d be surprising if they weren’t aggressive about keeping him around.

Note that the Eagles can currently block the Texans’ interview request since their season is still going on.