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Bucs deny Eagles’ request to interview Jon Robinson


The Eagles are still looking for a personnel specialist to set the table for coach Chip Kelly. And looking.

Per a league source, Kelly wanted to interview Buccaneers director of player personnel Jon Robinson for the position. The Bucs declined the request.

Even if the person hired by Kelly gets the now-vacant G.M. title, teams can block a move because the job doesn’t entail final say over the draft or the roster. If it did, the Eagles could interview and hire Robinson over Tampa’s objection.

Earlier this month, Robinson interviewed for the G.M. job with the Jets. That position entails final say over the draft and personnel.

To their credit, the Eagles aren’t playing the same game that others have played in the past, giving final say to a guy in writing but having someone else in the building who has the juice to tell him how to use it. To their detriment, the Eagles are having a hard time finding external candidates, and part of the reason undoubtedly relates to the lack of true power.

Then there’s the fact that whoever gets the job could be caught as the liaison between Kelly and former G.M./current executive V.P. of football operations Howie Roseman. Even though owner Jeffrey Lurie found a way to send them to their separate corners of the building, tension remains -- and the new hire will be right in the middle of it.