Eagles President Joe Banner Steps Down

Eagles team president Joe Banner is stepping aside from the team’s day-to-day operations and taking on an advisory role.

Banner will be succeeded as president by chief operating officer Don Smolenski. Both Banner and owner Jeffery Lurie said it was a mutual decision, disputing any suggestion that Banner was pushed out in a power struggle with general manager Howie Roseman and coach Andy Reid.

“It has been my privilege to work with Jeffrey Lurie over all these years,” Banner said in a statement released Thursday. “Together we have built a talented front office team that is now ready to assume leadership of this extraordinary franchise. I plan to pursue a major new opportunity within the sports field — one that will enable me to apply all that I have learned as the Eagles president. I could never thank Jeff enough for the opportunity and support he has afforded me.”

Banner has occupied a leadership role with the team since it was purchased in 1994 by Lurie, his longtime friend. He’ll stay on as an adviser to Lurie.

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