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Joe Banner will no longer serve as Philadelphia Eagles president in a dramatic shake-up of the team's front office, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported Thursday. Banner, whose run in the front office dates back to 1994 when childhood friend Jeffrey Lurie bought the team, will be replaced as president by Chief Operating Officer Don Smolenski, who was signed to a multiyear contract. General Manager Howie Roseman, 36, was handed Banner's duties in managing the team's salary cap and contract negotiations. Smolenski, 45, will run the day-to-day operations in the new regime. Banner, 59, will be retained in a strategic adviser role to Lurie but will be permitted to explore "other opportunities outside the organization." "Joe's a free agent now," Lurie said Wednesday at the NovaCare Complex, the team's practice facility, while denying that his longtime friend was the victim of a power struggle with Roseman and Eagles head coach Andy Reid. "No, the opposite," Lurie said. "It was all done...
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