calfoxwc Posted January 7, 2009 Report Share Posted January 7, 2009 Browns receive permission to interview Eagles GM Heckert by Mary Kay Cabot/Plain Dealer Reporter Tuesday January 06, 2009, 9:08 PM Getty Images/NFLEagles GM Tom Heckert.The Browns have received permission to interview Eagles General Manager Tom Heckert for their GM vacancy, a league source confirmed to The Plain Dealer Tuesday night. It is not yet known when the interview is, but the Eagles are preparing for their divisional playoff game Sunday against the Giants in New York. The Heckert story was first reported by the Philadelphia Inquirer. Heckert, widely regarded as one of the NFL's top executives, is in his eighth year with the Eagles and has been the team's GM since Jan. 2, 2006. He doesn't have final say over the 53-man roster, but works closely with coach Andy Reid on all personnel matters. He also manages the player personnel department, which includes both college and NFL scouting. In May, Heckert received a contract extension through 2011. Heckert's father, Tom, a longtime NFL personnel man, was a scout for the Browns in the 1980s, so the job would probably have special meaning for Heckert. Because he holds the title of GM and oversees the entire player personnel department, Heckert has a stronger resume than George Kokinis, the pro personnel director for the Ravens, who will be interviewed by the Browns on Sunday. Kokinis is the first choice for GM of coaching front-runner Eric Mangini. It is not yet known how Heckert's addition to the mix impacts Mangini, who is the top choice of Browns owner Randy Lerner. Heckert has been more closely linked with Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, who interviewed with the Browns last Thursday. Spagnuolo and Heckert worked together in Philadelphia and were viewed by some as a team heading into the off-season interview seesions. Heckert's first draft with the Eagles produced three Pro Bowlers in Lito Sheppard, Michael Lewis, and Brian Westbrook. He's also known for unearthing key rookie free agents. The Browns have also interviewed Patriots Vice President of Player Personnel Scott Pioli and Browns director of player personnel T.J. McCreight for their GM vacancy. Pioli has also interviewed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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