The Eagles settled the matter of whether new Jets general manager Joe Douglas would be taking top personnel assistant Andy Weidl with him by naming Weidl as Douglas’s replacement on Thursday.
Weidl’s promotion to vice president of player personnel was among a host of front-office moves the team announced, including executive vice president Howie Roseman reclaiming the general-manager title he lost when he was demoted by Chip Kelly in 2015. Team owner Jeffrey Lurie restored Roseman to power the next year but resisted calling him the general manager, explaining that Roseman did much more than a traditional GM.
Weidl, 44, a former Villanova offensive lineman, accompanied Douglas from the Ravens in 2016. He worked in scouting and personnel for Baltimore starting in 2005. He began his scouting career in 1998 with the Steelers, working under Tom Donahoe, who is the Eagles’ senior director of player personnel.
Weidl’s brother, Casey, also got a promotion, to director of scouting operations.
Ian Cunningham, a former offensive lineman at Virginia, was promoted to assistant director of player personnel; he had been in charge of college scouting. Cunningham also came to the Eagles from Baltimore and had been considered a candidate for a Jets job under Douglas.
Roseman indicated on Monday, after the news conference for Carson Wentz’s contract extension, that he was not disposed to let Douglas raid the Eagles’ personnel staff. Roseman was smiling and making light, but Thursday’s moves underscored that he was also making a point.
“We’re very fortunate we have a lot of talented people in this building,” Roseman said. “We are deep in the front office. As he’s trying to recruit people from here, he says we’re extremely top heavy -- that’s his propaganda to me right now. But we have people all around the front office.”
In Thursday’'s announcement, Roseman made a similar point about front-office depth, adding that the Eagles “strive to create an environment that emphasizes growth opportunity.”
Roseman mentioned Weidl and recently hired football-operations vice president Andrew Berry as executives who will “allow us to continue to build upon our culture and add to the leadership that exists across the entire football operations department.”
Also getting new titles:
-- Brandon Brown, director of pro scouting;
-- Bryce Johnston, director of football administration;
-- Katie David, football operations director;
-- Former Dolphins scout Max Gruder, hired as assistant director of pro scouting;
-- Matt Holland, senior pro scout;
-- Chris Nolan, player personnel scout;
-- Ameena Soliman, player personnel coordinator;
-- James Gilman, hired as quantitative analyst;