Former Browns GM and Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage is expected to join the personnel staff of new Jets GM Joe Douglas, sources tell Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter). His exact role is not yet known, but barring a snag, an announcement should come this week.
Savage interviewed for a front office position recently. This will be his first NFL role since the 2012 season, when he enjoyed a brief stay on Howie Roseman‘s Eagles staff. His most recent post came with the now-defunct Alliance of American Football. Before the league’s collapse, the Arizona Hotshots hired Savage as their GM.
Prior to Savage’s tenures in Cleveland and Philadelphia, Douglas and Savage worked together in Baltimore. When Douglas broke into the scouting world, Savage served as both the Ravens’ college scouting director and their director of player personnel. Douglas began working with the Ravens during their 2000 Super Bowl season, and his time with the franchise overlapped with Savage’s by five years. The Browns hired Savage in 2005.
His time in Cleveland did produce the franchise’s most recent winning season — a 10-6 mark in 2007 — but it ended after four seasons. The team’s decision to trade up to select Brady Quinn in ’07 did not end up working out, and despite signing an extension in 2008, Savage was fired at the conclusion of that season.
This will mark the first of a few hires in the Douglas front office. Todd McShay pulled his name out of contention for a position, but Bears executive Champ Kelly — who interviewed for the GM job that went to Douglas — is believed to be in the mix for a Jets post under Douglas.
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