By Lewis Gould
The Eagles wasted no time filling the big hole Joe Douglas left when he quit as head of courting to become general manager of the New York Jets.
They promoted Andy Weidl to vice president of player personnel, who had been Eagles director of player personnel under Douglas and Howie Roseman, the team’s executive vice president of football operations.
Douglas wanted Weidl to join him with the Jets, but Roseman countered by signing Weidl to a new contract to step into Douglas’ role.
Douglas was aware hiring Weidl away from the Eagles was unlikely, sources said
Roseman still has a deep personnel department, which includes senior adviser Tom Donahoe, as the Eagles adjust to the departure of Douglas.
Douglas still has several personnel options to navigate while assembling his own staff with the Jets. One of those options includes Phil Savage, former Browns GM who worked with Douglas as the Ravens’ lead personnel man under GM Ozzie Newsome.
Douglas, Savage and Weidl all served with the Ravens as scouts.
Daniel Jeremiah, another coveted former Ravens, Browns and Eagles scout, decided more than a week ago that he would remain with the NFL Network as its lead draft analyst.
Meanwhile, sources said ESPN NFL draft analyst Todd McShay has decided to remain with the network, taking himself out of consideration for any personnel role with the Jets. McShay had no comment to the news.
McShay was a college teammate with Douglas and the two have remained close friends.
Champ Kelly, the assistant director of player personnel for the Chicago Bears, is under serious consideration for a prominent role with the Jets, league sources said. Kelly worked on the same scouting staff with Douglas in Chicago and also interviewed for the Jets’ GM vacancy.