Jeff McLane, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 12:01 PM
When Joe Banner stepped down as team president, Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie extended general manager Howie Roseman's contract for an additional four to five years, a team source said.
In June, when he first announced a "succession plan" with Roseman and new president Don Smolenski assuming most of Banner's responsibilities, Lurie said that Smolenski signed a multi-year deal. He would not elaborate on Roseman's contract, however, except to say that he had an existing deal.
It turns out that deal - Roseman had one or two years left - grew exponentially after the 37-year-old GM's first two years on the job.
With the Eagles a disappointing 3-5 this season and coach Andy Reid as close as ever to losing his job, Roseman's contract situation gives him seemingly more security beyond this season. If he returns he will likely play an important part in choosing Reid's successor should Lurie fire his long-time coach.
The financial numbers on Roseman's salary were not available.
The Eagles had no immediate comment.
A message left with Roseman's agent, Bob LaMonte, was not returned.
Lurie has had nothing but glowing things to say about Roseman. In January, when he delivered a scathing account of the 2011 season and directed most of his criticism toward Reid, the owner was asked about Roseman's accountability.
"He's one of the brightest young guys in the league," Lurie said. "I'm very excited about what he brings to the table."
Since Roseman was named the league's youngest GM in Jan. 2010, the Eagles have gone 21-19 and lost a playoff game to the Packers after the 2010 regular season.
Roseman has been active in his first three seasons as GM. He has drafted a league-high 33 players over that time frame and has engineered 31 trades, although Reid has final say on football matters and Banner handled a number of deals, such as the Kevin Kolb trade to Arizona.
Roseman's first two drafts could be described as mediocre at best. There's still a little time to make final evaluations, but the 2010 and 2011 draft classes have significantly more misses than hits and the early-round picks have all been disappointments thus far.
The 2012 class has a number of players already contributing, but it's too early to say if Roseman's third class can be labeled a success after only eight games.
In August, when Lurie said that the Eagles must show "substantial improvement" from last season's 8-8 finish for Reid to return, he was asked about Roseman and how he would be evaluated at season's end.
"Howie has done an excellent job," Lurie said. "I think general managers get measured by player acquisitions, the draft, trades, how they communicate with the rest of the organization, how they communicate with the players, [and] their strategy going forward.
"There is a lot to analyze and I think Howie is doing an outstanding job and as I said, it is early to make a determination of this draft class. Just based on a few months it is extremely promising."
Reid has one year left on the four-year extension he signed in Dec. 2009. LaMonte, also Reid's agent, showed up at Eagles training camp in August and said that Lurie once told him that as long as he was owner Reid would remain his coach.
Lurie responded later that day and said in a statement that he would not discuss a possible extension for Reid until after the season. Reid later said that he had no knowledge that his agent would talk about his contract six days after his son, Garrett, was found dead in his training camp dorm room from an accidental heroin overdose.
LaMonte represents many team executives, head coaches and coordinators in the NFL. He once represented Marty Mornhinweg, and actually answered questions about the Eagles offensive coordinator in August, but Mornhinweg stopped using LaMonte more than a year ago and is now represented by David Dunn's Athletes First.
Roseman hired LaMonte during the 2011 off-season. He's had a meteoric rise with the Eagles since they hired him out of Fordham law school to be a salary cap analyst. The Brooklyn native eventually worked his way over to the player personnel department in 2003 and was elevated to vice president of player personnel in 2009.
A year later, he succeeded Tom Heckert, who left to take the same job in Cleveland, as GM.
Since Roseman took over, the Eagles have traded away notable players like quarterback Donovan McNabb, cornerback Sheldon Brown, defensive end Chris Clemons, cornerback Asante Samuel and Kolb and acquired defensive end Darryl Tapp, linebacker Ernie Sims, cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie and linebacker DeMeco Ryans.
The Eagles have also signed via free agency cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, defensive end Jason Babin, defensive tackle Cullen Jenkins, wide receiver Steve Smith, running back Ronnie Brown and tackle Demetress Bell, among others.
The Eagles' first three picks in Roseman's three drafts are as follows: defensive end Brandon Graham, safety Nate Allen and defensive end Daniel Te'o-Nesheim in 2010, guard Danny Watkins, safety Jaiquawn Jarrett and cornerback Curtis Marsh in 2011, and defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, linebacker Mychal Kendricks and defensive end Vinny Curry in 2012.
Te'e-Nesheim and Jarrett are no longer on the roster. With Watkins and Allen out with injuries, only Cox and Kendricks started Monday night against the Saints.
This off-season, as the Eagles transitioned from Banner to Roseman as chief contract negotiator, Roseman extended contracts for running back LeSean McCoy, wide receiver DeSean Jackson, defensive end Trent Cole and tackle Todd Herremans.
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Jeff McLane INQUIRER STAFF WRITER