In a shocking announcement, Joe Banner is no longer the president of the Philadelphia Eagles. Banner is being replaced by chief operating officer Don Smolenski as the team’s president, but Howie Roseman will assume Banner’s salary cap duties.
For the longest time, there had been rumors of a power struggle in the front office, most notably between Joe Banner and Andy Reid. And for the most part, it appeared that Banner won many of those struggles since he controlled all things money-related.
This is why that, over the years, you often heard players get disgruntled towards the team when it came to contract negotiations, but they would always maintain a respect for Reid.
You even heard it last year with Asante Samuel when he was getting upset about being on the trade market. He made his infamous claim that the “people upstairs” were playing fantasy football with the owner’s money.
However, during that same time, he differentiated Reid from the bunch when he said t...