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February 13, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
The trouble with being the smartest guy in the room is that eventually you have to enter a different room. Joe Banner was that guy in Philadelphia - and, in some respects, in the NFL - for a long time. Now, come the spring, he'll be looking for work. Banner was the chief executive officer for the Cleveland Browns for 16 months before owner Jimmy Haslam announced Tuesday that the organization would undergo a complete restructuring of its front office. Out were Banner (after two more perfunctory months of employment)
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January 20, 2014 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
When Joe Banner stepped down as team president in June 2012, many assumed that it was Andy Reid who had won a power struggle within the Eagles front office. In truth it was Howie Roseman. While Roseman had just finished his second year as general manager, Banner was still lording authority over his former protege. Reid continued to have final say on football matters, but managing the salary cap and other contract decisions remained Banner's baby. Roseman had plenty to do and was influential in certain aspects, but the Reid-Banner axis of power limited the clout of the NFL's youngest GM. He (naturally)
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September 25, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
A rare major in-season NFL trade was consummated last week between two former Eagles executives when Joe Banner's Cleveland Browns dealt running back Trent Richardson to Ryan Grigson's Indianapolis Colts for a 2014 first-round pick. Banner, of course, is the former Eagles president. Grigson is the former Eagles college scouting director. Eagles general manager Howie Roseman worked alongside both and made trades with both. He also has made more trades than any NFL executive since he was promoted in 2010.
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July 27, 2013 | Associated Press
BEREA, Ohio - The legal entanglement of Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam is not tying up his NFL franchise, the team's top executive says. Chief executive officer Joe Banner, who left the Eagles to go to Cleveland, said the federal investigation into fraud at Haslam's Pilot Flying J truck-stop business has not hindered the club's daily operations or impacted the owner's vision for turning the Browns into perennial winners. As for the possibility Haslam will sell his team, Banner does not envision that happening.
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June 10, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
Don Smolenski arrived in Philadelphia in the winter of 1998, starting his job as chief financial officer of the Eagles. He went to dinner with his wife and two friends. Smolenski shared the news of his new title with the other couple. "You can't tell anybody who you work for," the friend said. That befuddled Smolenski. After time as an accountant and expanding the International Hockey League, Smolenski had made it to the NFL. The logo on the business card is a perk of the job - until the friend offered Smolenski the qualifier.
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June 4, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
DeSEAN JACKSON has terminated his agreement with agent Drew Rosenhaus, a source confirmed yesterday. But, the source said, Rosenhaus is hoping they can resolve their differences and reconnect, as Rosenhaus was able to do previously with Eagles teammate LeSean McCoy. Jackson has a history of being unhappy with his agents, stemming from his not getting drafted until the second round, 49th overall, in 2008. If you were redoing the 2008 NFL draft, Jackson probably would be a top-10 pick, even after his desultory 2011 performance and his injury-shortened 2012 season.
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April 27, 2013 | By Zach Berman, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Andy Reid's first pick with the Eagles in 1999 was second overall, and it was greeted with a barrage of boos at Madison Square Garden from Eagles fans yearning for Ricky Williams instead of Donovan McNabb. Entering his 15th season as a head coach and his first with the Kansas City Chiefs, Reid used his first selection - first overall - to take Central Michigan offensive tackle Eric Fisher. The draft has since moved a few blocks uptown to Radio City Music Hall, and the response was overwhelmingly ambivalent compared to what McNabb endured.
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April 13, 2013
Inquirer Eagles writer Jeff McLane finished in a tie for fourth place in the Associated Press Sports Editors' breaking news category, it was announced Thursday. Staff writer Mike Jensen received honorable mention in the explanatory category in the over-175,000 circulation division, which included national websites. Both had previously been named top 10 nationally. McLane broke the news that then-Eagles president Joe Banner was leaving the team, and Jensen wrote an article about the Philly tradition of sneaking into big sporting and other events.
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March 21, 2013 | By Paul Domowitch, Daily News Staff Writer
PHOENIX - Joe Banner regards himself as a fix-it man. A problem-solver. The guy you call when everything goes to hell. The guy you call when the pipes are leaking and the heat's not working and the toilets are backing up and the bank is sending you a stream of foreclosure notices. "My strength is in building something, putting something together," the former Eagles president and new Browns chief executive officer said in an interview at the NFL owners' meetings. "If you were in business, I'd be the guy that you'd bring in to bring something back that was headed in the wrong direction, as opposed to somebody who would continue to operate something that was doing reasonably well.
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March 21, 2013 | By Jeff McLane, Inquirer Staff Writer
PHOENIX - There has not been a Round 2 of Lurie vs. Banner at the NFL owners meetings. Lifelong friends and business partners for 18 years, Jeffrey Lurie and Joe Banner exchanged verbal blows in January after the Eagles hired Chip Kelly as coach. During the coaching search, a report on CBSsports.com claimed that a "drunk with power" Howie Roseman had scared away potential candidates, including Kelly, and that other general managers were reluctant to make deals with the Eagles GM. The Eagles believed that Banner was the source behind the report.
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