According to numerous sources, the Philadelphia Eagles will have a press conference at 2:30 today to announce that Joe Banner is out as team president.
He’ll be moved to a “strategic advisor” role for owner Jeffrey Lurie in what is being dubbed as a “front office succession plan” by the team. Meanwhile, the Eagles will announce Don Smolenski as his replacement.
Banner has been with the Eagles front office since 1994 and in the role of team president since 2001.
In a statement to the Eagles’ website, Lurie sung the praises of Banner:
“There is no better executive in sports than Joe Banner, said Lurie. We are making this announcement today because he is looking for a greater challenge, and in Don Smolenski I have a highly regarded, very worthy successor as President of this team.”
Banner was one of the key front office members that helped get the Eagles back into the land of NFL relevancy in the early 2000s.
During his tenure as team president, the Eagles reached five NFC title games and Super Bowl XXXIX; and have been one of the most successful NFL franchises over the past decade…just ask them.
I’m not necessarily surprised that there was a shake-up in the Eagles front office but you know, it’s June.
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