The Philadelphia Eagles are losing front office consultant John Dorsey to the Detroit Lions, according to a report from NFL insider Tom Pelissero. Dorsey is joining Detroit as a senior personnel executive under new Lions general manager Brad Holmes.
Dorsey reportedly started advising the Eagles prior to the 2020 NFL Draft but news of his assistance didn’t emerge until mid-December. The timing was curious in that it leaked shortly after the Inquirer reported Jeffrey Lurie wasn't even considering replacing Howie Roseman. The Dorsey report seemed to be an effort to sell fans on Roseman returning with the idea he’d be supported by a new version of Joe Douglas. It was reported at the time that Dorsey might be promoted to a full-time role with the Eagles.
But, alas, that didn’t happen. Dorsey is joining the Lions instead.
I previously wrote about why I wasn’t keen on the Eagles promoting Dorsey to a bigger role. If you’re among those who believe he deserves a lot of credit for building the Kansas City Chiefs and Cleveland Browns, though, then you’ll probably be more disappointed about his departure.
Jeffrey Lurie probably isn’t too concerned about Dorsey’s absence since he thinks Roseman is doing a great job leading the Eagles’ personnel department, even though that’s not the case. Lurie also doesn’t seem to be worried about the front office pipeline considering he said he believes the Eagles “have about five people in our organization that right now I could project that will be general managers in this league.”