Joe Banner no longer Eagles president
Joe Banner no longer Eagles president; duties will be split
Joe Banner is no longer the Philadelphia Eagles' president, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported early Thursday. "Joe's a free agent now," Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie said Wednesday at the team's practice facility.
A news conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET Thursday. Banner and Lurie are lifelong friends and had worked together since Lurie bought them team in 1994. He will become a strategic adviser to Lurie. According to the Inquirer, chief operating officer Don Smolenski will replace Banner as president and run the day-to-day operations. General manager Howie Roseman will assume all of Banner's responsibilities in managing the team's salary cap and contract negotiations. The 59-year-old Banner said his plans included getting "involved with the world of buying and selling a sports team with the possibility of becoming part of a group that buys a team."