The Eagles aren't losing Joe Douglas without a fight.

News of the Texans' interest in Douglas to fill their vacant general manager post came out Friday, but the Eagles aren't simply going to let their top personnel man walk. 

According to MMQB's Albert Breer, the Eagles have denied the Texans' initial request to interview Douglas for the opening.

The Eagles are able to deny the request for now because they're still in the playoffs. That will buy them some time, but because this vacant job comes with final say on roster decisions, they won't be able to block the Texans forever.

Douglas is already the Eagles' vice president of player personnel, but perhaps they could give him a fancy new title and a pay raise to try to keep him. They have to do whatever they can because Douglas has been with the Eagles since just May 2016 and has completely revamped their scouting department. Losing him would arguably be worse than losing one of their assistant coaches.

When Jeff Lurie reinstated Howie Roseman to power, it came on the condition Roseman find a top-notch personnel man to bring in. Roseman found Douglas and the two have seemingly been working well together. While Roseman is known for his contract work and ability to pull off trades, Douglas is a scouting man who excels in the draft.

The Texans reportedly want to move quickly to replace Rick Smith, who is stepping away from his post as GM to care for his wife Tiffany, who is suffering from breast cancer.


If the Texans do want to fill the spot soon, the Eagles' winning in the playoffs, it could go a long way in keeping Douglas in-house.