Halaby has been with the Eagles since starting out as an intern in 2007. He previously held the title of “vice president of football operations and strategy” before being promoted to assistant GM in 2022.
With a reputation for being heavily involved in analytics, the Commanders could view the 35-year-old as an exciting up-and-comer in the NFL. They might think of him as their own Howie Roseman.
Halaby was recently featured on a Sports Illustrated list of “hot names to watch as future NFL GMs.”
He’s incredibly smart when it comes to integrating data into football evaluation, allocating resources and managing a roster. Can he lead a room filled with football scouts and find a coaching staff that’ll be all in on his approach? Fair or not, those will be the questions.
The Commanders might be especially keen on Halaby considering the ties Sixers owner Josh Harris has to Philly. Back in December, NFL insider Jonathan Jones wrote “sources tell CBS Sports to pay attention to any Philadelphia connections when it comes to leading the personnel department in Washington.”
The Eagles’ front office has been no stranger to getting poached in recent years. On one hand, that’s a good thing because it shows Philly is doing something that others want to mimic. On the other hand, there’s obviously downside to brain drains. And especially when a division rival is potentially benefiting from their Eagles departure.
Ultimately, the Eagles can’t prevent Halaby from leaving if he wants to go to the Commanders. We’ll just have to wait and see if he’s their GM preference.