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More Additions Eagles Add Savage

Eagles Hire Phil Savage

By Lance Epstein

New day for the Philadelphia Eagles, another hire by the Eagles.

A day after Dick Juaron was hired to be the new Senior Assistant/Defensive Backs Coach and five days after hiring new GM Howie Roseman, the Eagles have added Phil Savage as a Player Personal Consultant for the 2010 NFL Draft.

The Eagles hired Savage to assist Roseman and Director of Player Personal Ryan Grigson in scouting and evaluating, but specifically in the draft prospects in the Southeastern part of the country. Roseman and Savage have history as they spent time discussing the draft this past season and this opportunity was far too promising for Roseman to pass up.

"After spending time with him this past year, I realized how well we could work together," Roseman said. " Phil is an excellent talent evaluator and having an extra set of eyes for us to utilize will definitely help our scouting staff as we prepare for the draft. He's spent time working on the 2010 draft class already, so Ryan and I thought it was a slam dunk when the opportunity was there for us to add him to our staff."

Savage's NFL career began with the Cleveland Browns under Bill Belichick. Originally hired as a coach by Belichick, he then evolved into a player and personal scout. As the Browns moved to Baltimore, so did Savage.

While with the Ravens, Savage was promoted to team's director of player personal from 1996 to 2004. Under Savage's tutelage, the Ravens acquired 10 Pro Bowl players through the draft: Jonathan Ogden, Ray Lewis, Jermaine Lewis, Peter Boulware, Chris McCallister, Jamal Lewis, Adalius Thomas, Todd Heap, Ed Reed and Terrell Suggs. Many scouts credit Savage, along with Ravens GM, Ozzie Newsome for building arguably one of the NFL's top 3 defenses of all time in the 2000 Super Bowl Champions Ravens.

After the 2004 season, Savage accepted the job as the Browns GM. His track record with the Browns is not as stellar as with Baltimore but he still manage to draft three Pro Bowl players in tackle Joe Thomas, Tight End Kellen Winslow and Wide Receiver Braylon Edward. During the same draft that the Browns acquired Thomas, Savage maneuvered back into the first round (traded the Browns 2nd round pick and their 2008 first rounder to Dallas for the 22nd overall pick in the 2007 draft) drafting Ohio native and Notre Dame Quarterback, Brady Quinn.

Other accolades Savage had with the Browns is signing undrafted kick-off return star Joshua Cribbs and former Pro Bowl Quarterback Derrek Anderson. After a poor 2008 campaigne by the Browns, Savage was fired.

In 2009, Savage became a color analyst Crimson Tide Sports Network. Savage hopes this is a tremendous leeway to get back into the NFL.

"This is a great opportunity for me to get back into the NFL," Savage said. "I'm really excited about the role the Eagles have afforded me and I'm ready to help Howie and rest of their scouting staff in the best way I possibly can."

For the Eagles, they anticipate Savage's evaluations will lead the Eagles to pick their own Ed Reed at 24; coincidentally the same spot Reed was drafted.

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